EarthExplorer - Distributable Code

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Earth Explorer Distribution Download

The EarthExplorer user interface is an online search, discovery, and ordering tool developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). EarthExplorer supports the searching of satellite, aircraft, and other remote sensing inventories through interactive and textual-based query capabilities. Through the interface, users can identify search areas, datasets, and display metadata, browse and integrated visual services within the interface.

The distributable version of EarthExplorer provides the basic software to provice this functionality. Users are responsible for verification of system recommendations for hosting the applicaiton on your own servers. By default, this version of our code is not hooked up to a data source so you will have to integrate the interface with your data. Integration options include service-based API's, databases, and anything else that stores data. To integrate with a data source simply replace the contents of the 'getDataset' and 'search' functions in the CWIC.php file.

Distribution is being provided due to users requests for the codebase. The EarthExplorer source code is provided "As Is", without a warranty or support of any kind. The software is in the public domain; it is available to any government or private institution.

The software code base is managed through the USGS Configuration Management Board. The software is managed through an automated configuration management tool that updates the code base when new major releases have been thoroughly reviewed and tested.

Note: Your login information is the same as your EarthExplorer login which you use when ordering or downloading scenes.

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System Recommendations
Operating Systems (x86 or x64)
  • Linux - Red Hat
  • Linux - Ubuntu
  • Other Operating Systems not tested
  • Hard Drive Space - 1GB or greater
  • Memory - 1GB or greater
Web Server
  • Apache 2.2.x
  • PHP Module Required
  • PHP 5.3 or newer
  • cURL Extension Required
  • SimpleXml Extension Required
  • Session Support Required
Included Libraries
  • Google Maps
  • jQuery
  • jQuery UI
  • Zend Framework 1.x