NASA EOSDIS GIBS-based Project Wins People’s Choice Award in 2015 International Space Apps Challenge
Josh Blumenfeld, EOSDIS Science Writer
The votes are in, and a NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS)-based application has won the People’s Choice Award in the 2015 International Space Apps Challenge. The winning application, “NatEv Explorer,” received 68,903 votes from around the world and also was nominated for Best Use of Data.
EOSDIS GIBS challenged teams to create an app to help crowdsource the search for interesting Earth events from images captured by NASA’s fleet of Earth observing satellites. “NatEv Explorer” was created by a seven-member team from the Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK), and provides an interactive Web-based globe with NASA images of interesting or significant events shown at the location where they are occurring (Figure 1). Users of the application can view data about an event, look for other events, and submit events they discover.
GIBS is a key service of NASA’s EOSDIS, and provides visualizations of NASA Earth observing satellite data. GIBS data can be viewed using the EOSDIS Worldview interactive interface and other clients.
The International Space Apps Challenge is a 48-hour hack-a-thon in which teams from around the world work collaboratively to develop open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space. This year’s Challenge featured more than 12,500 participants in 135 locations developing 928 projects to address challenges in four themes: Outer Space, Earth, Humans, and Robotics. A complete list of this year’s winners is available at https://2015.spaceappschallenge.org/award/.
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2015 at 3:01 PM EDT