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October 12, 2011
Solve Problems with the Best I.D.E.A.S.: Intelligent Data Exploration and Analytics System

I.D.E.A.S. allows users to discover and access data and models from a variety of data repositories.

The SI Organization and partners Global Marketing Insights and GCS Research, along with a commercial high-performance computing facility, have found a way to reach the masses with a user-friendly, easily accessible system for satellite data and operational models. 

Finding the Right Geospatial Data and Models

Due to the proliferation of satellite data, consumers have a difficult time locating and accessing data and models to solve problems. The Intelligent Data Exploration and Analytics System (I.D.E.A.S.©) systematically addresses these user challenges through intelligent computer responses and guidance rather than the “hunt and hope” process offered today through numerous Web sites.

Visualization and Analysis Power

I.D.E.A.S. consists of a Web-deployed storefront, smart engine and high-performance cloud (HPC) computing backbone. The system allows users to discover and access data and models from federated repositories, such as NASA and other U.S. agency data repositories, as well as available model repositories. Innovative methods for data and model discovery, learned workflows for discovery based on users’ problem sets, and access and management are used to provide near-real-time Modeling as a Service (MaaS) services. These MaaS services take into account model set up, calibration, utilization and product generation. Model revisions and user collaboration are also part of the I.D.E.A.S. concept.

On-Demand Services for Unique User Needs 

I.D.E.A.S. will allow users to discover and use satellite and airborne data and models to generate value-added solutions and products for societal benefit. The focus of the initial application is to provide an end-to-end capability for water management solutions for drought estimation and prediction. The I.D.E.A.S. drought management solutions will demonstrate the applicability of using NASA and other Earth-observation data for drought estimation and prediction for agriculture. In particular, the first area of study will manage terabytes of data in a near-real-time, on-demand product environment that allows users to investigate and predict droughts for pasture lands and the resulting effect on grazing animal mortality in arid climates. I.D.E.A.S. also will provide MaaS for vegetation, drought estimation and regression modeling.

About SI

The SI Organization is a leading provider of full life-cycle, mission-focused systems engineering and integration services to the private sector, federal civil sector, U.S. intelligence community, Department of Defense and other agencies. Its scalable systems engineering platform for modeling, simulation and analysis helps customers baseline requirements, optimize resources and manage risk. The company has 40 years of experience successfully delivering complex, system-of-systems technology solutions. The SI Organization employs approximately 2,000 people, with major locations in Chantilly, Va.;
Laurel, Md.; and Valley Forge, Pa. For more information, visit

For more information, visit Global Marketing Insights at

Storefront, SmartEngine and HPC Functionality

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