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What is GeoAI Mentorship?

Jamie Conklin
Jan 9, 2020 · 8 min read

At Astraea, we believe that the greatest data set on Earth is the Earth itself. In this dataset are answers to some of the most important questions facing businesses, governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and humanity as a whole. Unlocking these answers challenges even the most experienced data scientists.

This post will expand on some of the complexities involved with analyzing imagery data, explain how we can help your organization get up and running quickly through our mentorship program, and present some of the technical solutions that Astraea offers for these problems. Getting started with geospatial analytics may feel daunting and perhaps out of reach, but don’t be discouraged. Astraea has the experience, tools, and services to get you from pixels to insights.

“We built our business to enable organizations to take advantage of Earth Observing data.” ~ Daniel Bailey, CTO

What can you do with geospatial analytics?

  • Viewing a scene is useful for real estate, insurance, forensic investigations, and other times users need a single view of a location.
  • Monitoring a location enables utilities, asset managers, landowners, developers, growers, climate researchers, fund managers, marketers, and actuaries, identify important changes or statuses on the ground.
  • Discovering new objects helps catalog large facilities, measure capacities, find resources, and find similar areas across large or global regions.

Why is Geospatial Analysis Different?

Today, we see an emergence of machine learning techniques and cloud computing technologies that enable us to process global data sets and extract insights automatically. Even with these improvements, there are several challenges still regularly faced by imagery analysts:

  1. Discovering and accessing imagery data is time-consuming and often challenging.
  2. Even a small geographical area can represent a huge amount of data, demanding automated analysis and requiring cloud computing resources.
  3. Imagery analysis has lagged behind more traditional machine learning (e.g. natural language processing) and so many of the existing techniques and analysis tools do not natively handle raster data.
  4. Imagery analysis tools require deep understanding of the data, programming, and remote sensing to use them effectively.

GeoAI Mentoring

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” ~Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

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Icon showing one person helping another person up stairs.

We believe that GeoAI Mentorship provides the highest value to organizations because your team will learn the specific skills that they need to solve your organization’s problems. Unlike conferences, where employees need to travel offsite, just to spend all day attending sessions that may or may not be related to the problems they face in the office, GeoAI Mentorship focuses on the specific tasks at hand and gets them completed efficiently. Traditional training often provides a great foundation of information, but it frequently lacks the specificity required to generate value for your organization. By working hand-in-hand with your team to solve a specific problem, your team gets a completely customized experience and your organization gets a solution that works. If your team already has foundational knowledge, we won’t waste their time teaching it to them again.

Learning how to build your own geospatial analytics involves education about imagery data, sensor platforms, phenomenology, analytical techniques, and tools. At Astraea, we have deep expertise in all of these areas. GeoAI Mentorship provides practical experience through which the mentees learn the theoretical information they need to know in conjunction with the technical skills needed to solve the specific problem. This includes training on applicable tools and any programming needed to enable your team.

How does it work?

For this planning effort, we charge a flat fee of $1,500. Astraea will deliver our high-level project plan at the end of this phase (regardless of whether you chose to engage us further). Once engaged, we will provide as much time and support as your team needs to solve your problem. You will pay for only what you use of our time and services. Once your team is moving forward without our help, we can step back and provide advice and support on an as-needed basis.

Who can benefit from GeoAI Mentorship?

Related tools and services

Data Discovery

First, we have built Earth OnDemand to help users discover data through a visual search engine that has spatial and temporal filters. Earth OnDemand is available for free. Today, we have several key public (free) data sets available here, and we are adding commercial providers soon.

We want to help users find the best data to solve their problem economically. There are many situations where you can leverage public data to either solve your problem completely or focus your data purchases on areas most relevant to your inquiry. We can help you find the data you need to get your analysis off the ground.

Data Analysis Tools

Astraea has developed EarthAI Notebook to address these challenges. This tool is a hosted platform that allows your analysts (and ours) to get to analysis right away. With direct access to data through an API and scalable infrastructure, we can help you focus your efforts on your business needs.

EarthAI Notebook logo
EarthAI Notebook logo
Analyze imagery data like the rest of your data with EarthAI Notebook, a fully hosted and managed JupyterLab Notebook designed specifically to analyze raster data.

RasterFrames

RasterFrames logo sequence of supporting platforms and how they relate to one another.
RasterFrames logo sequence of supporting platforms and how they relate to one another.
RasterFrames® brings together Earth-observation (EO) data access, cloud computing, and DataFrame-based data science.

Why do we offer this service?

As a Benefits Corporation, we seek to make the world a better place. We believe that working transparently with our customers is the key to a long, mutually beneficial relationship. Helping you succeed in your GeoAI efforts on our tools, helps us succeed. As part of this commitment, we offer discounts to non-profit organizations and NGOs.

How do I get started?

Astraea.Earth

See the Earth as it could be.

Jamie Conklin

Written by

Building tools to unlock the potential of satellite imagery for all at astraea.earth. www.linkedin.com/in/jamieconklin

Astraea.Earth

See the Earth as it could be. Astraea’s EarthAI platform provides a suite of products focused on removing the complexities of discovering, processing, and analyzing EO data at scale.

Jamie Conklin

Written by

Building tools to unlock the potential of satellite imagery for all at astraea.earth. www.linkedin.com/in/jamieconklin

Astraea.Earth

See the Earth as it could be. Astraea’s EarthAI platform provides a suite of products focused on removing the complexities of discovering, processing, and analyzing EO data at scale.

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