Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) – CDS

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The Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study has completed. It was organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and supported by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  


The Development of Spatial Data Infrastructures for Marine Data Management Engineering Report is now published.


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The OGC Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study (MSDI-CDS) assessed the current state of data management and exchange technologies used in the marine domain.


The marine domain describes all phenomena and activities that occur within, around, or are related to the space of earth’s inland waters, seas and oceans.   The marine geospatial data collected and managed by organizations supporting, operating within, or researching this domain, is increasing in demand by a growing user-base with a variety of new applications.


The knowledge gained from the MSDI-CDS was captured in the above mentioned technical report and provides both a interoperability reference architecture for MSDI and the foundation for a potential future pilot that could in turn advance the state of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) that support discoverability, accessibility, and interoperability of marine geospatial data across the globe.


The purpose of this the Concept Development Study and its workshops was to bring together the marine and broader geospatial standards community to guide future OGC Innovation Program partnership with the following activities: 

  • Engage executive-level participants to understand the most important challenges 
  • Engage different marine geospatial data stakeholders (i.e. data providers, developers, and users)
  • Help participants better understand activities occuring at OGC, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) andher key organizations
  • Engage operational and technical stakeholders to gather and share information on the current and future state for using marine geospatial data and services, including:
  • Understand what data, applications, tools, and services are currently available;
  • Understand what data, applications, tools, and services stakeholders need;
  • Understanding discoverability, accessibility, and usability challenges;
  • Understand interoperability challenges and integration opportunities;
  • Identify gaps in data, applications, tools, and services



 Schedule (completed)

  • September 2018 – Draft assessment
  • October 23 2018 – Workshop
  • December 2018 – Request for Infomation
  • February 7, 2019 – RFI due
  • March 2019 – Small Engineering Report Round Table Review – Invitation only
  • March 2019 – Report submission


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