Wednesday, February 20, 2008

MagicCatalog software - Cataloguing space images

ScanEx R&D Center offers all interested to find out more about the new MagicCatalog software package that has been created to generate and to manipulate with catalogs of space images, setting up archives of remote sensing data. This software component is integrated and is part of ScanMagic software application version 2.5 that began to be supplied starting in 2008.

Cataloguing (creation and replenishment of metadata, describing the space images) is an integral part of RD data archiving (storing data in archives on specific storage media). Cataloguing enables to systematize data, to ensure quick retrieval of references about the data archives stored, to arrange for search and selection from archives of the data of interest per user request.

MagicCatalog universal cataloguing tools make it possible to:

# Handle large volumes of RD data of different type, output format and processing level. In other words, separate or combined catalogs can be created for RS data, received from different imaging systems of various satellites, in different formats and processing levels. Any data ScanMagic software can operate with (over 70 diverse graphical, GIS and ERS formats), can be cataloged using MagicCatalog.

# Automatically retrieve metadata, quicklooks and images geolocation. That means that all data, required for cataloguing and further use is retrieved automatically when images are stored in the catalog. The user may change attributes of records and enter comments. A set of images can be added into the catalog automatically with just one mouse click, thus enabling data batch processing. Each image being cataloged can be associated with the name of data storage medium where the output image will be saved to.

# Create and edit custom catalogs (databases). Global catalogs (e.g. RS data unified archive of the reception center; a catalog of a stand-alone organization) and local catalogs (e.g. thematic catalogs for this or that thematic project) can be supported. MagicCatalog® users may exchange information about the cataloged data both inside and beyond one organization and with external users. Possibility to create and arrange for access to network catalogs (within one local net) enables to tailor flexible solutions for storing metadata of images being archived.

# Perform attributive search and display catalog data selection results. A user-friendly request form (search filter) enables to do data search by any available attributes (imagery data, satellite type, geographic location, etc.). Search results are displayed in table as contour coverages on the world map with a possibility to view quicklooks and attributive data (metadata) of each image.

# Create any catalog record dumps to transfer data about the image to other persons. Several files are created: quicklook in JPG format, metadata in TXT format and georeference in SHP format that can be previewed and used in other software packages.

All the abovementioned features make cataloguing tools easy-to-use and efficient

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