Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG - lift-off meeting at the 9th RDA Plenary

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27 Apr 2017

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG - lift-off meeting at the 9th RDA Plenary

27 April 2017

At Plenary 9, the sUAS data IG had it’s official kick off meeting!  

Three points of significance to come out of the talks and discussion time: 

  • "Is the ‘wild west’ moment over? Not quite! More rigorous, less site-specific investigations are needed to demonstrate the role of the drone in supporting up-scaling studies." - Dr K Anderson, University of Exeter's Drone Lab
  • What is needed?: A solid understanding of instruments, their properties, characterizations and calibration procedures, and well established, robust and transparent (ideally standardized) measurement protocols, processing methods, and retrieval methods  - Dr Helge Aasen of the Federal Institute of Technology Zürich
  • How do we engage the scientific community in the effort required to build such? - By first offering something small but tangible like this github wiki we started - Martin Kunz of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Sciences.

Presentations with more details about the meeting are available on the session webpage  here.

A telecon with perspectives from OGC's Scott Simmons is scheduled for 4 May - join the mailing list for details – https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/small-unmanned-aircraft-systems-data-ig

The group is also organizing an upcoming workshop on co-coordinating the community in North America in July.

For more details see our Charter and a blog about the context for this IG.


Author: Jane Wyngaard, Centre for Research Computing, University of Notre Dame & co-chair sUAS data IG