Celebrating Four Years of SpaceNet

SpaceNet Four-Year Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating four years of accelerating open source, applied research in geospatial machine learning

SpaceNet was founded by IQT Labs’ CosmiQ Works and Maxar Technologies (then DigitalGlobe) in August 2016 as an informal collaboration aimed at accelerating the development of open source machine learning capabilities specifically for geospatial use cases. In the last four years, SpaceNet has matured into a nonprofit organization solely managed by CosmiQ Works in collaboration with Maxar and six Partner organization: Amazon Web Services, Capella Space, TopCoder, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and Planet. The organization has released over 60,000km2 of openly licensed imagery and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data consisting of ~11M building footprint labels and 20,000km of labeled road networks. SpaceNet has hosted six public data science challenges on Topcoder attracting over 3,000 technical submissions.

The SpaceNet 7 Challenge focuses on multi-temporal urban development and centering around a new open source dataset of Planet satellite imagery mosaics, which includes 24 images (one per month) covering ~100 unique geographies.

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