Learning hub Ways to access DEA data
We’re working with you to offer multiple pathways to satellite imagery and data
Published:10 February 2019
There are several ways to access Digital Earth Australia (DEA) data products and the most common methods are introduced on this page.
Access via DEA Maps
Helpful if you want to: interactively explore DEA data on a map
Access via the DEA Sandbox
Helpful if you want to: play and experiment with limited DEA data
The DEA Sandbox is a free learning and analysis environment for getting started with Digital Earth Australia and the Open Data Cube. It includes limited sample data and Jupyter Notebooks that demonstrate the capability of the Open Data Cube.
Access via Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Helpful if you want to: use DEA data in your own AWS environment
We store a range of satellite data products on Amazon Web Service’s S3 buckets. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon, providing on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies, and governments, with free and metered pay-as-you-go plans.
A free AWS instance will give you free access to all our data in AWS and a managed Python environment. Your use of the data will be limited by your available CPU, RAM, and disc space. You can subscribe to DEA’s Simple Notification Service in AWS which will alert you to new DEA data.
Existing AWS account holders can build DEA data into their existing environment and workflows.
Access via the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI)
Helpful if you want to: analyse and access entire DEA datasets
The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) is Australia’s leading high-performance data, storage, and computing organisation, located at the Australian National University in Canberra. The NCI is custodian of the nation’s most powerful supercomputer.
Digital Earth Australia’s project was launched in collaboration with the NCI and DEA datasets remain available via the platform to eligible Australian government and academic users. To access DEA data via NCI users must apply to the NCI and be approved to gain an account.
Access via Open Web Services (OWS)
Helpful if you want to: use DEA datasets in GIS software, or your own web application
The Datacube-OWS server allows users to interact with a DEA Open Data Cube instance using client software such as QGIS, or a web mapping library like Leaflet or Terria.