11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
[MGI30-09] IIIF-compliant multi-resolution access to spatio-temporal data and its application to Himawari-8 data
Keywords:multi-resolution access, spatio-temporal data, IIIF, Himawari-8, standardization, image data
On the other hand, temporal data has not been standardized as spatial data. Several open source software libraries to visualize timeline are available, but none of them is regarded as the standard one. The author also worked on this issue in 2011 by developing software called SyncReel, which is used for multi-resolution access to temporal data such as weather chart data for 100 years, or AMeDAS data for 40 years. However, the variety of time series data makes it difficult to standardize the format to describe various events on the same timeline.
Our idea is to take advantage of an international protocol for accessing images called IIIF (International Image Interoperability Format), which was originally proposed for cultural heritage domains such as museums. We tried to apply this protocol to earth environmental data for multi-resolution access in space and time. IIIF is an international community whose activity has increased since around 2014. IIIF defines the JSON-LD format of information that data providers should offer, and a client that interprets the format can enjoy interoperability between different data providers and reduction of cost for implementing viewers. The most basic service is called IIIF Image API, which defines the standardized URI for accessing arbitrary parts of the image. This API does not depend on the type of images, so our idea is that this can be used as a basis for multi-resolution spatial access to earth environmental data.
We developed this viewer more to release a new service called Himawari-8 Clipping. This is a service for clipping and a storing a rectangular region drawn on the viewer using a Leaflet-related library called Leaflet Draw. A clipped image is given a new URI with metadata, which may be useful for making the catalog of Himawari-8 images collecting meteorologically relevant scenes through collaborative work on the Web.
In contrast to multi-resolution access in space, its extension in time is left for future work. The reason is the lack of time-series data in cultural heritage domains, where IIIF was originally developed. However, time-series data is prevalent in scientific domains such as earth environment, and the necessity for standardizing access to time series is significant. Extension into this direction is now under study, but the presentation will refer to recent progress on this issue.