The Datacube Manifesto

Recently, the term datacube is receiving increasing attention as it has the potential of greatly simplifying “Big Earth Data” services for users by providing massive spatio-temporal data in an analysis-ready way. However, there is considerable confusion about the data and service model of such datacubes.

With this Manifesto we provide a concise, crisp definition of datacubes, based on our two decades of experience in datacube modeling, query languages, architectures, distributed processing, standards development, and active deployment of Petascale datacube services at some of the largest data centers worldwide.