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Introducing the small uncrewed aircraft and autonomous platforms data Working Group

Collaborative session notes

Group(s) submitting the application: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG

Meeting objectives

Small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS, also known as drones, remotely piloted aircraft or uncrewed aerial vehicles) and Autonomous platforms have become important tools for collecting data from the environment. They offer the potential to acquire data at higher temporal and spatial resolutions and in environments that are too hazardous to work in. Today, with the development of miniaturised sensors and the availability of performant autopilot hardware and software, they have become accessible and cost-effective platforms for collecting high volumes of data.

While cloud computing infrastructures can offer the necessary scalability for processing the large volumes of data produced by these platforms, the lack of common data and metadata practices is a barrier to interoperability and reuse.

Following the example of marine autonomous platforms, which is much further advanced in terms of data and metadata standardisation, the aim of the Small Uncrewed Aircraft and Autonomous Platforms Data WG is to produce recommendations for data and metadata coming from sUAS and autonomous platforms to support interoperability and reuse of these data in research data infrastructures. 

Objectives for this session are:

  1. Introducing the Small Uncrewed Aircraft and Autonomous Platforms Data WG
  2. Summarise notable advances in sUAS data management and in parallel areas
  3. Launch of initial survey to better understand the needs of the community.
  4. Discuss priorities issues and discuss key outputs of the Working Group

Meeting agenda: 

Target Audience: 

Group chair serving as contact person: Alice Fremand

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group:
The sUAS Data IG seeks to be a forum for drone users to build appropriate drone data management infrastructure and norms collaboratively and in partnership with academia, industry, regulators, and standards bodies.

Type of Meeting: Working meeting

Additional links to informative material:

Avoid conflict with the following group (1): Virtual Research Environment IG (VRE-IG)
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): Geospatial IG

Meeting presenters:
Co-chairs and invited speakers including: Alice Fremand (UK Polar Data Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK), Thabo Semong (Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)) and Jens Klump (CSIRO, Perth, Australia)

Are you willing to host a second, repeat, session at a different time zone?: Yes