3. Data Life Cycle

3.1 Scope of Life Cycle

Data life cycle has been defined and described in many ways ranging from simple linear representations to more complex iterative processes 1. The figure below summarizes the cycle major phases going from planning the acquisition to using the data.

Scope of Life Cycle

DATA LIFE CYCLE: throughout the transformation processes, the intrinsic value of data is amplified as a result of the various ways to use it, share it, integrate it and/or use it to develop products & services.

Throughout that cycle, data producers are responsible for documenting every phase, procedure, transformation and analysis in order to allow data users to better understand any dataset and make the most efficient and sensible use of the data

  1. Committee on Earth Observation Satellites - Working Group on Information Systems and Services, Data Stewardship Interest Group. 2011. CEOS Data Life Cycle Models and Concepts. TN01, Issue 1.0. 78 p.