Official launch of GBDX Notebooks: An open data science platform for transforming imagery into answers

Creativity is a powerful energy. It brings our imaginations to life, whether it’s a song, a story, an invention, or a scientific breakthrough. It allows us to pursue the question What if?

But tapping into our creativity can be difficult. We need access to the right materials, educational resources to build skills, personal drive, and most importantly, an inspirational spark to get started – someone or something that helps us believe it’s possible.

GBDX Notebooks was built by a team of someones who believe in your ability to create solutions that will change our world for the better. Our platform empowers developers, data scientists, and innovative brains around the world to solve complex problems at scale by simplifying access to Earth imagery and machine learning tools.

Walter at AWS
DigitalGlobe founder and Maxar Technologies CTO Walter Scott on stage at AWS re:Invent in 2017.

We launched a preview of GBDX Notebooks at Amazon re:Invent 2017, providing 735 active users with early access. They’ve created over 3,000 notebooks ranging from mapping navigable airspace and assessing forest fire risk to tracking damaged roofs and hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico.

As of today, GBDX Notebooks is officially open to the public. You can register for a free community tier account or select a higher tier for additional resources and settings.

The community tier includes access to imagery from our Open Data Program as well as imagery from Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2. For the first time, the high-resolution imagery archive from DigitalGlobe’s IKONOS satellite will be available. It’s a powerful combination of open and instant access to high-resolution (<1m) multispectral imagery within the Jupyter environment.

All users can access a variety of tutorials ranging from basic imagery analysis and machine learning to scaling your methods and running algorithms on massive areas — all in an open and reproducible environment (use, remix, or clone any community notebook).

Perform advanced analytics in record time:

Object detection
Change detection
Vector extraction
Land classification
Custom analysis

Visualizing obstructions
Visualizing obstructions in the airspace: buildings and trees.

No more funding setbacks or excuses, we’ve included everything you need to get started within an intuitive Jupyter environment. Design. Deploy. Discover. Scale. Change the world. Repeat.

What will you discover?

Unleash your creativity to find critical answers and insights about our changing planet.

Start with our Accessing Imagery Tutorial.

For additional support, join our public Slack channel.