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Sun Setting on Open California


When we launched the Open California program almost 3 years ago, it was an open data initiative and the first time we showcased our data to the world with images from our first Doves. At that time, we didn’t have trials or programs that matched the needs of the majority of our users (and we know that most of you don’t live in California!). Since then, we’ve created an Education and Research program and a 14-Day Global Trial that continues to let users see imagery from around the world within our platform. 

So what’s next?

We’ll be phasing out the Open California program for existing users on October 24th. All active users for the 180 days prior to July 24th have already been notified of this change.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • No changes will occur to the program during this time and we’ll be reaching out to those active users in the coming days to ensure they have ample time to collect the resources they need
  • After October 24th 2019, as part of the 14-Day Global Trial we will allow open data downloads of Planetscope imagery from Q3 2017 to Q1 2018. Feel free to contact sales if you have a need for this data beyond the trial.
  • Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 public domain data will continue to be available through the Planet platform. 
  • For all other data provided by Planet, we’ll continue to have a non-commercial personal use policy. This includes access to any Planet-produced basemap imagery. 
  • We’ll be actively going through our website in the next few weeks and changing the messaging to accurately reflect these changes. Please bear with us if you see incomplete or conflicting information. 
  • Be on the lookout for industry-specific trials in the near future!

Over the last few years, we’ve seen some incredible uses and innovations from researchers, students, developers, and imagery analytics providers alike that have helped push the needle forward for Earth Observation data. We look forward to continuing to explore together!