Completion of the COPERNICUS RUS project at end of December 2021

The RUS service aimed to develop an online free-access platform to promote the uptake of Copernicus data and support the scaling up of educational and R&D activities. In particular, the service provide Copernicus data access, cloud computing resources, access to effective software tools and training services allowing users to develop their understanding and exploitation capabilities in relation to Copernicus.

The project started in 2017, after the completion of the successful launches of first Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 units, and lasted for 4 years,  hence providing the very needed support and training resources the society required in this initial period.

The RUS service served an overall number of 3700 users, providing 68 training courses, 52 webinars, supporting 22 training of trainers sessions, offering 3597 virtual computing resources, and managing around 6000 support calls/tickets.

RUS largely promoted the usage of cloud computing services among users, as well as the employment of virtual training rooms, on-line helpdesk support and webinars which turn especially appropriate during the period of pandemia. Since October 2020, RUS also relied on DIAS services, hence complementing such powerful infrastructure with a hands of the field experts and hand-by-hand training.

The RUS service will conclude its activity and its closing on 31 December 2021, but a large number of training materials will remain available worldwide through the RUS Copernicus YouTube channel, as well as having set a path for future uptake activities for Copernicus and other innovative services.