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About CRIB

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

Center of Expertise in Big Geodata Science (CRIB) is a research and expersite center focusing on better use of cloud computing and big data technologies in research, education, and institutional strengthening activities related to Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

Our mission is to collect, develop, and share operational know-how to solve large-scale geospatial problems efficiently by using cloud computing and big data tools and methods.

Our vision is to position University of Twente and ITC as a globally renowned center of excellence in geospatial cloud computing and big data science.

The center has strong collaborations with other related ITC and UT facilities, such as Research Data Management.


CRIB structure
The structure of CRIB


Knowledge Development

Better and wide-spread use of big geodata technology requires improving the existing expert knowledge by providing theoretical and hands-on training to interested parties, and raising the overall familiarity with the technology. CRIB organizes short courses and hands-on training on geospatial cloud computing and big data tools and technologies to improve knowledge, Big Geodata Talks to share domain-specific experience of the expert organisations, and Big Geodata Meetings to facilitate discussion and problem solving. The center also publishes a monthly Big Geodata Newsletter.

 Infrastructure Development

Better use of cloud computing and big data technologies requires an infrastructure that is not limited to research and education needs, but is also available for personal capacity development activities. The infrastructure should fit the purpose, be efficient, easily accessible, user-friendly, and cost-effective. It should also utilize already existing assets and employ a hybrid approach that benefits from both local and remote (e.g. cloud) resources. CRIB developed and currently operates the Geospatial Computing Platform, which not only serves for big data computing purposes, but also provides all necessary infrastructure for a wide-range of geospatial and EO computing needs, including machine learning and AI.

Project Services

Research projects should include the cloud computing and big data technologies as needed, from the proposal stage onwards, budget appropriately, and ensure that the infrastructure available will be optimally utilized. Provision of consultancy and advisory services for the integration and improved use of the technology is therefore crucial and they are amongst the main tasks of CRIB. CRIB is also actively taking part in the research projects and also leads projects inline with its mission and vision.

Monitoring and Networking

Geospatial cloud computing and big data domains are evolving rapidly. To keep up with its progress, it is important to closely monitor the developments, especially related to data resources, analysis methods, tools, and platforms. CRIB closely follows the activities of the data providers, service providers, research institutions, donor organisations, and international bodies, and informs interested parties though its communication channels, such as @BigGeodata and Big Geodata Newsletter.


It is important to ensure high visibility of the big data-related activities to establish ITC as a well-known player in the big geodata domain. CRIB supports services provided by the UT and ITC communication teams by ensuring effective communication and collaboration between the related parties. CRIB activities also provide further visibility through additional channels linked to big (geo)data communities.