About Open Atlas

What is Open Atlas?

Open Atlas is an open-source algorithm registry for earth observation, project of the Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake. Our platform is designed for researchers interested in developing and sharing algorithms, and industry users searching for the latest innovation related to the water and food nexus. We focus on earth observation data from sources like the Copernicus satellite missions. By publishing algorithms on Open Atlas, researchers can accelerate the development of new tools and applications related to the water and food nexus. 

Who is the Open Atlas for?

Authors of algorithms

Researchers and creators of algorithms with an integration of water, food or the nexus between. Once live on Open Atlas, users can get in contact via GitHub, LinkedIn or the authors website. Endless opportunities for the algorithm are opened as the author and algorithm are ‘matched’ with a demanding market.

Market users

Is there a gap in the water-food nexus market that can be met with an innovative algorithm? Market users with specific demands can use the Open Atlas platform to identify authors with algorithms to fit their needs. In addition, users with general needs can find authors to initiate collaboration.


Open Atlas provides media for a range of users, from experts in the field to those without technical knowledge but interested in the water-food nexus in the field of earth observation.


What can Open Atlas do for me?

For authors of algorithms

Log all of your food-water nexus algorithms in one place, with a clear format. Your Open Atlas algorithms can be shared directly to an interested user and on media platforms as one point of contact. Publicise and disseminate your research outputs. Make yourself known and available as an author, which will open endless opportunities for development, professional application and growth both personally and for your algorithms. Increase your visibility by growing your audience to Open Atlas users. Open Atlas hosts webinars, workshops, events and posts online media. With each of these outreach initiatives, your name and algorithm gains more visibility. 

For market users

Address market needs efficiently by accessing water-food nexus algorithms and their authors in one place. These authors are experts in the field and can not only provide existing algorithms, but have the potential to answer your direct needs.Promote your organisation at Open Atlas webinars, workshops and events, with the opportunity to directly connect with authors of algorithms. 

For everyone

Stay up to date with the latest food-water nexus technology, news and user stories in the field of earth observation. Multiple sources are unified in one media output with Open Atlas, eliminating the need to spend excessive time on many media sites. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Open Atlas is free of charge. Financial decision making of partnerships and agreements beyond and as a result of Open Atlas are not within the scope of the platform. 

Your algorithm belongs to you. For the Groundstation.Space Privacy Policy, please visit our website.

Once your submission gets published, it will be part of all back-ups we make of our platform. However, if you are worried about losing any data, it is always a good idea to make your own back-up as well.

You won’t have access to edit content after submission. If you have any remarks after publication, feel free to contact us and we will happily update it for you.

By referencing the algorithm source (i.e., author and publication) within the references list. If the Open Atlas was used to find the algorithm or interact with the author then it should be acknowledged following the format of your choice. If datasets are incorporated then the indicated copyrights and IPR (e.g., creative commons) rules should be used. 

When publishing an algorithm on Open Atlas you will be asked for your GitHub, LinkedIn and/or website URL. Interested users can get in contact through these platforms.

Vertical market

The industry market encompassing companies and customers within the field of earth observation and the water-food nexus. 


Open source means the original algorithm is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Proprietary means the algorithm is not free to use, modify or redistribute without the author’s permission. 

Maturity Stage

A product life cycle is the length of time from a product first being introduced to consumers until it is removed from the market. A product’s life cycle is usually broken down into four stages; introduction, growth, mature, and decline.