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OGC Calling For Participation in the Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot


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Release Date: 
24 November 2021

The OGC FMSDI Pilot will develop a federation of MPA datasets; assess current marine standards and data; and design a maturity model and roadmap for Marine SDI development.

Island meets the sea: participate in the OGC Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) released the Call For Participation (CFP) in early November to solicit proposals for funded participation in the OGC Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot (FMSDI). This is a reminder that responses are due by December 10, 2021.

The Pilot consists of three segments of focus: developing a federation of S-122 Standard Marine Protected Area (MPA) data sets; exploring the data fidelity, mobility, and versatility of S-100 Product Specification as well as other marine standards and data; and designing a UNGGIM-IGIF derived Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (IGIF-MSDI) maturity model that provides a roadmap for MSDI development.

The FMSDI initiative builds on the accomplishments of several previous OGC Initiatives:

The FMSDI initiative consists of three (3) phases.

  1. A Request for Information (RFI), which is already completed. This RFI focused on resource collection with a primary focus on Marine Protected Area (MPA); who has that data, how is it stored, where can it be accessed, etc.
  2. The second phase extends the MPA-focus of the first phase by digging into all the various data services and begins building out an S-122 demonstration model, including the exploration of the S-100 data specifications and how other data (terrestrial, meteorological, Earth observation, etc.) can mingle to create a more holistic view of the region of focus. In addition, phase two designs a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) maturity model, which provides a roadmap for MSDI development. The maturity model will be derived from the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (UNGGIM-IGIF).
  3. The third phase, which is expected to start later in 2022, will primarily extend the use cases developed in the second phase and add the Arctic region as a new location to the demonstration scenarios. An additional CFP will be developed and released in 2022 to initiate the third phase.

The OGC Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot is being conducted under OGC's Innovation Program, a collaborative, agile, and hands-on prototyping and engineering environment where sponsors and OGC members come together to address location interoperability challenges while validating international open standards. To learn about the benefits of sponsoring an OGC Innovation Program Initiative such as this, visit the OGC Innovation Program webpage, or watch this short video on how OGC’s Innovation Program can benefit your organization.

For more information on the Pilot, including the Call for Participation, visit the Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot page on Proposal submissions close on December 10, 2021.

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