Planet Labs operates a fleet of earth imaging satellites that aims to produce an unprecedented amount of earth imagery. The software stack at Planet Labs is a primarily Open Source at many levels. I will discuss our software stack from the satellite (in brief) through our data pipeline and client facing web services summarizing some lessons learned, strength of the general Open Source and FOSS4G stacks, and components for which we developed additional capabilities.
Civic data published by public agencies serves as a valuable asset enabling access to information that may have been previously unavailable, unobtainable or costly. The role of open, publicly accessible data is multi-faceted. This liberated data improves the transparency of government operations and encourages economic and community development by empowering the public to use data as a resource. Additionally, open data can start a dialog between the government and its community which results in the opportunity for important civic collaboration.