Gunter Schreier is deputy director of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He is coordinator for projects especially in the context of the European earth observation system Copernicus and earth observation projects with international partners and therein focussing on payload data management and big data systems. He has served at DLR in several functions since 1985, among others as team leader for establishing the SAR geocoding functionalities of the ESA ERS-1/2 “Processing and Archiving Center“, also applied for SRTM and further developed for TerraSAR-X. In Copernicus he is currently involved in projects on big data platforms on the national (CODE-DE) and European (DIAS) scale. He also worked as national expert at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, in Ispra. Italy. In 2000-2003 he was founding Vice President Geomatics of Definiens, Munich (eCognition; now part of Trimble). Currently, he is Chairman of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Earth Observation Committee, and Chairman of the International Policy Advisory Group (IPAC) of ISPRS. His interests include also the use of Earth observation to preserve the world cultural heritage.