Modernizing SDI Workshop
The Open Geospatial Consortium and OGC Strategic Member Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) invite participation in the the Modernizing Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for Cumulative Effects Workshop to be held virtually on November 10, 2020.
This 3-hour community workshop follows up on responses to the recent Request for Information (RFI), in which 22 organizations provided feedback on the challenges that cumulative effects studies face with integrating data from different sources, across multiple jurisdictions, and with varying levels of quality, detail and standardization.
The workshop is part of the OGC Modernizing SDI: Enabling Data Interoperability for Cumulative Effects Concept Development Study (CDS). The CDS seeks to specifically identify standards-based solutions that enable data interoperability of key environmental data, from multiple jurisdictions, using emerging Internet-based technology like machine-learning / reasoning, data fabrics, data lakes, cloud services, OpenAPIs, and other evolving standards, technologies and tools.
The CDS scope encompassed three main areas:
- Characterizing the current state of spatial data infrastructures and their use of current or emerging standards and advanced technology to enable data interoperability, and understanding current gaps and challenges;
- Assessing the availability and interoperability of geospatial data across various regions or jurisdictions, specifically those needed for regional environment assessments or cumulative effects analysis, as well as the technologies and services currently leveraged; and
- Exploring and articulating practical means to achieve modernized, intelligent, inferential, machine-driven solutions that support and enable improved, efficient geospatial data interoperability.
OGC Modernizing SDI: Data Interoperability for Cumulative Effects Workshop
The workshop will be presented in three parts: starting with an overview of the challenge of data interoperability in an SDI environment then presenting two panels, in which invited subject matter experts will take a deep dive on the challenges, questions, ideas and possible solutions to this issue. Panel sessions will be followed with an audience question-and-answer period and open discussion.
Part I: Data Interoperability for Cumulative Effects Concept Development Study (30 mins)
The core project team (OGC and Natural Resources Canada) will provide background and status of the Modernizing SDI: Data Interoperability for Cumulative Effects work thus far. This overview will include findings and trends derived from responses to a Request for Information issued earlier in 2020, along with other key observations based on additional research. The challenge of data interoperability when gathering and integrating data to feed cumulative effects analysis will be illustrated based on real case studies, including the recent Oil Sands Impact Assessment in Alberta, Canada. This overview of the problem at hand lays the groundwork for Parts II and III of this workshop, in which invited subject matter experts take a deep dive on challenges, questions and possible solutions.
Part II: Drilling Down - Articulating the Challenges to Data Interoperability (45 mins)
Lightning talks will be presented by an expert panel of data scientists, cumulative effects / environmental assessment practitioners, and data producers. This part of the workshop will further explore challenges to data interoperability as articulated by the lived experience and knowledge of panel participants.
Part III: Standards-Based Support for Increased Data Interoperability in an SDI (45 mins)
Lightning talks will be presented by an expert panel of solution providers, standards advocates, and OGC members. This part of the workshop will focus on next steps towards data interoperability from the SDI, standards and technology based context. Panelists will speak to possible solutions to issues identified in the RFI and CDS findings to date and based on their own lived experience and knowledge.
Part IV: Panel Response and Open Discussion (45 mins)
- Panelists from Part II will respond to one or more of the possibilities of the ideas and potential solutions presented by Part III panelists.
- An open discussion period where the audience may pose questions to the panel members or core project team regarding potential directions for solutions to data interoperability in an SDI environment.
How to Respond
OGC members and non-members alike are invited to join the workshop. Please register with Scott Serich [ sserich [at] ogc.org ] before November 3, providing by email the following information:
- Name of organization.
- Point of contact and contact information.
- Type of organization (private sector; federal / national government; other government; NGO; academic institution; etc.).
- [optional] Any comments based on the following questions:
- How can the CDS best characterize the current state of spatial data infrastructures and their use of current or emerging standards and advanced technology to enable data interoperability, and understanding current gaps and challenges?
- How can the CDS best assess the availability and interoperability of geospatial data across various regions or jurisdictions, specifically those needed for regional environment assessments or cumulative effects analysis, as well as the technologies and services currently leveraged?
- What other steps can be taken to explore and articulate practical means to achieve modernized, intelligent, inferential, machine-driven solutions that support and enable improved, efficient geospatial data interoperability?
For questions and feedback, reach out to Scott Serich [ sserich [at] ogc.org ] with the subject “Modernizing SDI CDS Workshop”.