Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s inefficient about the current state-of-the-art for publishing/sharing aerial images. I think Google Drive / Dropbox / USB drives and zip files have served us well, but I think there’s room for improvement.
So I started working on https://github.com/uav4geo/DroneDB
I think raw images captured from a drone are currently underutilized in analysis and they are often lost in archives never to be looked up again after they have been processed.
When working with drone data, I (personally) want to be able to:
- Quickly access my data or a subset of it (without downloading all of it)
- View where my data was captured, at what time (accurately), what flight pattern was used, what was the image footprint and did I have enough overlap, ground sampling distance metrics
- Recreate and display the flight
- Compare different datasets
- Check for errors, corrupt images
- Generate reports about my dataset (to publish along with the dataset itself)
- Share it (locally or via internet)
- Add notes and labels to my images / folders.
- Have the option to not use a cloud service, because trust and speed.
Just wondering what people’s thoughts are and if these points are shared by other folks in the drone industry (or if you have your own personal take)?