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At the heart of the Open Data Cube (ODC) lies a vibrant and welcoming community. It's a diverse network of people and organizations who are deeply passionate about the possibilities hidden within satellite data, all in service to the greater good.

What drives this community? A shared mission: to unleash the true potential of satellite data by making it accessible to all, without any barriers. The goal is to open up this invaluable resource for exploration and practical use.

Here are some of the pillars that uphold the ODC community:

Open Access: ODC is committed to ensuring that satellite data is within everyone's reach, demolishing the walls that stand in the way. The aim is to invite you into the world of satellite data and all its opportunities.

Innovation: Think of our community as a bustling hub of creativity. We're all about pushing the boundaries of what's possible with satellite data, encouraging the development of cutting-edge applications and tools to make it work for various needs.

Community Building: Within ODC, we're all about fostering connections. It's a place where individuals come together to share knowledge and collaborate, driving progress in the field as a united force.

Inclusivity: We cherish diverse perspectives. Our doors are wide open to anyone, regardless of your background or expertise. We believe that the magic happens when different voices come together.

Support: We're here to guide and assist you on your journey with satellite technology. Even though we might have some limitations due to resource constraints, our commitment to supporting the community is unwavering.

In a nutshell, the ODC community is a lively, forward-thinking group of people and organizations who share a profound love for satellite data and a vision for its boundless potential. It's a place where open access, innovation, inclusivity, and support are the driving forces behind the growth and impact of satellite technology, all for the betterment of society.



The ODC Sandbox

A demonstration Data Cube Sandbox is available as an entry point to getting started with the Open Data Cube, and was recently made available here(Link will be available when public). The Sandbox is a JupyterHub Python notebook server, with individual work spaces, and the Global Collection 1 Landsat 8 AWS PDS indexed.

See our ODC Sandbox page for more information.

The ODC Reference install - Cube in a Box

A distributable, ready to run reference install is available as the “ODC Reference Install”, or Cube in a Box (CIAB). Where the Sandbox install provides an accessible, externally managed platform to trial the features of the Open Data Cube, the Reference Install is designed to provide a ready to run installation of an independent Open Data Cube, on an organization's own resources.

See our Cube in a Box page for more information.


The ODC core serves as a layer between satellite data providers and applications. A set of open source tools exist to help scientists conduct research using data managed by the ODC. The figure below illustrates popular tools used within the community that utilizes the ODC Core as its basis:

  • Command Line Tools: A tool used by programmers/developers to interface with the ODC.

  • Open Data Cube Stats: An optimized means of defining and executing advanced analysis on ODC system. This tool is oriented towards scientists.

  • Jupyter Notebooks: Research documents centered around techniques in EO sciences. A notebook contains executable code detailing examples of how the data cube is used in a research setting, and therefore is an invaluable reference material for new users.

  • Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Services: Adapters that can connect non-ODC applications to the ODC.

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