The Data User Programme (DUP) is a new undertaking under the aegis of the European Space Agency (ESA), which aims at supporting industry and governmental entities to bridge the gap that exists between research at the level of pilot projects and operational provision of Earth observation products at information level.
The DUP is an optional programme that will be implemented in phases of 5 years via a range of projects according to the subscription by ESA member states to the programme.
The projects will promote the usage of Earth observation data, primarily from ESA missions, and raise the awareness among potential users of the applicability in their daily operations. The aim is that such projects shall eventually lead to the establishment of self-sustaining operational services provided by industrial entities - a reason why user requirements and involvement have a major importance in the selection of projects to be undertaken within the programme.
For more information, see the Data User Element website(DUE)