More than 30 scientists from across Europe gathered at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena on Nov 26-27th to explore the Earth System Data Cube. The diverse group of experts in as different fields as Mathematics, Earth System Sciences, and Geography unites a common interest in the analysis of the huge amounts of Earth Observation data available from a variety of instruments. The two days were filled with exciting conversations and several teaser talks enriched the discussions by highlighting the state-of-the-art and potential future avenues in data-driven Earth System Science. The CAB-LAB team took the opportunity and presented an early prototype of the Data Cube and the Data Analytics Toolkit to the participants of the workshop. We received valuable first-hand feedback from potential users and were very pleased by the community’s great interest in the CAB-LAB project. The project team will now thoroughly evaluate the numerous suggestions to eventually deliver an Earth System Data Cube tailored to the needs of the potential users.