Domain Working Groups

Domain Working Groups (DWG or WG) provide a forum for discussion of key interoperability requirements and issues, discussion and review of implementation specifications, and presentations on key technology areas relevant to solving geospatial interoperability issues.

Name spaceProject Description Lead **
3DIM DWG (3DIM DWG)The OGC 3D Information Management (3DIM) DWG facilitates the definition and development of interface and encoding standards for 3-dimensional content that enable software solutions allowing infrastructure owners, builders, emergency responders, community planners, and the traveling public to better manage and navigate complex environments.Roensdorf, Carsten (Ordnance Survey)
Graham, David (CAE Inc.)
Biljecki, Filip (National University of Singapore)
Agriculture DWG (Agriculture DWG)The OGC Agriculture DWG provides a forum for discussion surrounding location information and its uses in landscape and farming. These activities involve sensing, analyzing, and communicating geospatial data streams. Di, Liping (George Mason University)
Charvat, Karel (Plan4All z.s.)
Architecture DWG (Arch DWG)The OGC Architecture DWG considers overarching architectural issues that are germane to multiple OGC standards, including mechanisms for describing and invoking services in a heterogeneous distributed network.Maso Pau, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CREAF))
Hobona, Gobe (Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.)
Artificial Intelligence in Geoinformatics DWG (GeoAI DWG)The OGC GeoAI DWG works to identify use cases and applications related to AI in geospatial domains with particular emphasis on information synthesis, IoT (e.g., healthcare, smart energy), robots (e.g., manufacturing, self-driving vehicles), and ‘digital twins’ (e.g., smart buildings and cities).Chou, Tien-Yin (Feng Chia University)
Kotzinos, Dimitris (Kotzinos, Dimitris)
Kim, Kyoung-Sook (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST))
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Hadland, Anneley (Helyx secure information systems ltd)
Aviation DWG (Aviation DWG)The OGC Aviation DWG provides an open forum for work on aviation-related data interoperability and access, and a route to publication of aviation-specific topics through OGC. The open forum encourages collaborative development among disparate participants in a rapidly evolving technological milieu. Sullivan, Don (US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA))
Lepori, Hubert (European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL))
Big Data DWG (BigData DWG)The OGC Big Data DWG (BigData.DWG) is an open forum for work on Big Data interoperability, access, and especially analytics. The DWG encourages collaborative development among participants representing many organizations and communities, and ensures appropriate liaisons to other Big Data relevant working groups, both inside and outside OGC.Herring, John (Oracle USA)
Baumann, Peter (Jacobs University Bremen GmbH)
Heazel, Charles (Heazel, Charles)
Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies DWG (BDLT DWG)The OGC Blockchain Distributed Ledger Technologies (BDLT) DWG operates to build understanding of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, as well as to identify the potential requirements for geospatial standardization within those technologies. Matheus, Andreas (Secure Dimensions GmbH)
Burzykowska, Anna (European Space Agency (ESA))
Citizen Science DWG (Citizen Science)The OGC Citizen Science DWG is motivated to support citizen science, scientific research conducted in whole or in part by amateur scientists, by providing a forum for increasing understanding and demonstration of the benefits brought by the use of open standards and best practices.Maso Pau, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CREAF))
Abhayaratna, Jo (PSMA Australia)
Bowser, Anne (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
Coordinate Reference System DWG (CRS DWG)The OGC Coordinate Reference System (CRS) DWG develops strategies for encoding of Earth coordinate reference systems and transformations between coordinate reference systems. This DWG addresses units of measure.Ryden, Keith (Esri)
Hedley, Mark (UK Met Office)
Coverages DWG (Coverages DWG)The OGC Coverages DWG promotes and oversees development of OGC Implementation Specifications for exploitation of, and accessing, coverage data, including images and other grid coverages. Secondary purposes of the DWG include promoting use of these specifications, and refining the OGC Abstract Specification as may be needed to better support these specifications.Baumann, Peter (Jacobs University Bremen GmbH)
Meissl, Stephan (EOX IT Services GmbH)
Data Preservation DWG (PreservDWG)The OGC Data Preservation DWG addresses technical and institutional challenges posed by data preservation, to interface with other OGC working groups that address technical areas that are affected by the data preservation problem, and to engage in outreach and communication with the preservation and archival information community.Maso Pau, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CREAF))
Data Quality DWG (DQ DWG)The mission of the DQ DWG to establish a forum for describing an interoperable framework or model for OGC quality measures and services to enable access and sharing of high quality geospatial information, improve data analysis, and ultimately influence policy decisions.Maso Pau, Joan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CREAF))
Beare, Matt (Beare, Matthew)
Meek, Sam (Helyx secure information systems ltd)
Ivánová, Ivana (Curtin University)
Defense and Intelligence DWG (D and I DWG)The OGC Defense and Intelligence DWG provides an environment that facilitates information exchange and collaboration involving location information in the defense industry. Colaiacomo, Lucio (European Union Satellite Centre)
Rathbun, Roy (US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA))
Discrete Global Grid Systems DWG (DGGS DWG)This OGC DWG provides a forum for the discussion of requirements and use cases for standards and the registration of implementations related to Discrete Global Grid Systems (DGGS). The working group is a forum for broad discussion of DGGS topics and research activities that are of relevance to various geospatial communities and that may potentially impact on existing, or new, geospatial standards.Purss, Matthew (Purss, Matthew)
Strobl, Peter (Joint Research Centre (JRC))
Earth Observation Exploitation Platform DWG (EO Ex Platform)This OGC DWG charter defines the role for OGC activities within the Earth Observation Data Exploitation platform domain and provides an open forum for the discussion and presentation of interoperability requirements, use cases, pilots, and implementations of OGC standards in this domain. Landgraf, Guenther (European Space Agency (ESA))
Goncalves, Pedro (Terradue Srl)
Ahola, Ryan (GeoConnections - Natural Resources Canada)
Earth Systems Science DWG (ESS DWG)The OGC Earth System Science (ESS) DWG engages in outreach and dialog with the Natural Resources and Environment information communities to demonstrate the value of processes and standards, and to provide a point of input for new requirements.Nativi, Stefano (Joint Research Centre (JRC))
Emergency and Disaster Management DWG (EDM DWG)The mission of the Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) DWG is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of users in all phases of emergency and disaster activities communities through changes and extensions to OGC Standards, which result in interoperable geospatial products and other information consumables that can be shared across these communities.Sullivan, Don (US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA))
Knudson, Jacqueline (Jaci) (US Dept. of Defense/DISA)
Chou, Tien-Yin (Feng Chia University)
Penman, James (UK Met Office)
Energy and Utilities DWG (EnergyUtilities)The Energy and Utilities DWG focuses on the global energy and utilities community, which is defined as individuals and organizations engaged in the geospatial aspects of the planning, delivery, operations, reliability and ongoing management of electric, gas, oil, and water services throughout the world.Webster, Jessica (GeoConnections - Natural Resources Canada)
Oldfield, Eddie (Oldfield, Eddie)
Geography Markup Language (GML) DWG (GML DWG)The GML DWG provides a forum for GML discussions outside any existing Standards Working Groups.Portele, Clemens (interactive instruments GmbH)
Geoscience DWG (Geoscience DWG)The GeoScience OGC DWG provides an open forum for work on GeoScience data interoperability and access surrounding GeoScience, particularly representation and more generally acknowledgment of the Earth: Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Mineralogy, Seismology, Tomography, or Volcanology.Beaufils, Mickael (BRGM)
Geosemantics DWG (Semantics)Interoperability and integration of spatial data on the Web are the key activities of the Geosemantics DWG. W3C and OGC have each launched a Spatial Data on the Web Working Group through which the Geospatial and Web communities will document use cases and requirements, develop best practices for publishing spatial data on the Web, and advance some existing technologies to W3C Recommendations and OGC standards. Cox, Simon (CSIRO)
van den Brink, Linda (Geonovum)
Abhayaratna, Jo (PSMA Australia)
Health DWG (Health DWG)The OGC Health DWG enables OGC to identify and work with a representative group of market participants in the identification and prioritization of use cases, business and technical requirements that will provide the most significant value, or mitigate the most significant risks in this arena. Gupta, Ajay (Health Solutions Research, Inc.)
Hydrology DWG (Hydrology DWG)The Hydrology DWG provides a venue and mechanism for seeking technical and institutional solutions to the challenge of describing and exchanging data describing the state and location of water resources, both above and below the ground surface. Boston, Tony (National Computational Infrastructure)
Blodgett, Dave (US Geological Survey (USGS))
Pecora, Silvano (World Meteorological Organization (WMO))
Interoperable Simulation and Gaming DWG (ISG DWG)This OGC DWG provides a forum for the discussion of requirements and use cases for standards and the registration of implementations related to use and re-use of geospatial data within the Interoperable Simulation and Gaming (ISG) community.Graham, David (CAE Inc.)
Marrou, Lance (Leidos)
Ronnfeldt, David (Department of Defence (Australia))
Land Administration DWG (LandAdmin)The Land Administration DWG outlines activities related to land administration. Worldwide, effective, and efficient land administration is an ongoing concern, inhibiting economic growth and property tenure. Only 40 countries around the world have mature land information systems.Kalantari, Mohsen (University of Melbourne)
Lemmen, Christiaan (Kadaster International)
van Oosterom, Peter (Delft University of Technology)
Land and Infrastructure DWG (LandInfraDWG)The Land and Infrastructure DWG focuses on identifying use cases and standardization topics for infrastructure data and collaboration with the civil engineering and built environment communities.Granholm, Leif (Trimble Navigation Ltd.)
Marine DWG (Marine DWG)The Marine DWG is motivated by the widening use of marine data for purposes other than safe navigation, which can be captured loosely under the term Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI). Geospatial data in the marine domain has been successfully standardized for navigational purposes by hydrographic agencies for many years. Pritchard, Jonathan (IIC Technologies Limited)
Carisio, Sebastian (US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA))
Lewis, Jonathan (United Kingdom Hydrographic Office)
Hoggarth, Andy (Teledyne Geospatial Caris and Optech)
Metadata and Catalog DWG (MetaCat DWG)The OGC Metadata DWG addresses issues related to how metadata must be specified in OGC Standards to fully enable certain services in the OGC Architecture. This DWG maintains close correspondence between ISO TC/211 metadata standard.Houbie, Frederic (Hexagon)
Vandenbroucke, Danny (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Spatial Applications Division)
Cochrane, Byron (Cochrane, Byron)
Raes, Lieven (Agentschap Informatie Vlaanderen (AIV))
Meteorology & Oceanography DWG (Met Ocean DWG)The OGC Meteorology and Oceanography DWG was established to ensure that OGC standards and profiles allow the meteorological community to develop effective interoperability for web services and content across the wider geospatial domain.Little, Chris (UK Met Office)
Olson, Steve (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA))
Mobile Location Services DWG (MLSDWG)The OGC Mobile Location Services (MLS) DWG is a venue in the OGC Standards Program for location-aware mobile requirements and use cases.Harrison, Jeff (US Army Geospatial Center)
Li, Ki-Joune (Pusan National University)
Perspective Imagery DWG (PerspecImageryD)The OGC Perspective Imagery DWG discusses proposals for OGC standards in support of perspective imagery data. Topics include an interoperable data file structure (consisting of typically large numbers of images, as well as other supporting non-imagery data such as an image processing history, that may come from a data collection process) with an associated web service, support of a new OGC pilot project in collaboration with the W3C for their support of OGC augmented reality data sets, and an OGC motion imagery standard.Hjelmager, Jan (Danish Agency for Data Supply & Efficiency (SDFE))
Hirschorn, Eric (Hirschorn, Eric)
Point Cloud DWG (Point Cloud DWG)The OGC Point Cloud DWG is motivated by the fast growing popularity and use of point cloud technology. This includes a number of formats and types such as: laser scans from aerial and terrestrial platforms (e.g., LiDAR), triangulated elevation points, dense observations from the meteorological community, and others. van Oosterom, Peter (Delft University of Technology)
Boehm, Jan (University College London)
Tillman, Stan (Hexagon)
Portrayal DWG (Portrayal DWG)The Portrayal DWG provides a community to better define a common portrayal framework, provide direction to portrayal standards working groups, and provide guidance to other DWGs on portrayal concerns. Current efforts in the portrayal focus area are not well integrated and lack a unifying perspective. Other domains which focus on functional issues or specific applications are attempting to address portrayal as a unique solution within their domains.Ryden, Keith (Esri)
Sorenson, Matt (Strategic Alliance Consulting Inc.)
Burnell, Iain (Defence Science & Technology Laboratories (Dstl))
Quality of Service and Experience DWG (QoSE DWG)The Quality of Service and Experience DWG considers the standardization work by the OGC and its influence on how computers and software from different vendors are able to handle and exchange spatial information. Specifically, product level functional standards compliance alone is not enough to guarantee a fully functional and reliable networked systems in the real world: the quality of the service performance must also be considered.Kralidis, Tom (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
Rinne, Ilkka (Spatineo Oy)
Security DWG (SecurityDWG)The OGC Security DWG has a mission to establish an interoperable security framework for OGC Web Services to enable protected geospatial information processing.Matheus, Andreas (Secure Dimensions GmbH)
Sensor Web Enablement DWG (SensorWeb DWG)The OGC Sensor Web Enablement DWG focuses on observations and measurements, sensor model language, sensor observation services, sensor planning service, and SensorThings API to enable real time integration of heterogeneous sensor webs and the Internet of Things into the information infrastructure.Botts, Mike (Botts Innovative Research)
Liang, Steve (University of Calgary)
Smart Cities DWG (SmartCities DWG)The OGC Smart Cities DWG focuses on both mobile and static networks to support the data, application and monitoring requirements of the Smart Cities, its applications, its datasets, its history, and processes.Herring, John (Oracle USA)
Granholm, Leif (Trimble Navigation Ltd.)
Sarafinof, Dimitri (Institut National de l'information geographique et forestiere (IGN - France))
Abhayaratna, Jo (PSMA Australia)
Spatial Data on the Web Working Group (SDWWG)The OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group (SDWWG) is constituted as a subgroup of the OGC Technical Committee. It operates in collaboration with a parallel group in W3C of the same name. Further information on the membership arrangements for the groups can be found in the charter, here: Tandy, Jeremy (UK Met Office)
van den Brink, Linda (Geonovum)
Statistical DWG (Statistical DWG)The OGC Statistical Data DWG is chartered to identify requirements and use cases of how geospatial and statistical standards can support the integration of geospatial information into the statistical system and for the purposes of broad discovery, analysis, and use.Osier, Vincent (US Census Bureau)
Temporal DWG (Temporal DWG)The goal of the OGC Temporal DWG is to clarify the role of time as a first-class alignment concept next to space, and to strive for a handling of time which is coherent and integrated with that of space. As the issue of time in CRSs is an overarching one across all OGC, the WG will seek to include background from as many OGC stakeholder groups and WGs as possible.Baumann, Peter (Jacobs University Bremen GmbH)
Little, Chris (UK Met Office)
Uninhabited Systems (UxS) DWG (UxS DWG)The OGC Unmanned Systems (UxS) DWG (herein referred to as UxS with the “x” recognizing that aerial, underwater, and other unmanned vehicle platforms are included) is chartered to identify standards requirements and use cases for all aspects of unmanned systems operations focused on mission planning, geospatial data collection, and analysis.Sullivan, Don (US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA))
Alzona, Marcus (keys)
University DWG (Univ DWG)The University DWG coordinates the common interests of OGC academic and research members. The DWG is a neutral academic advisory group providing a range of technology, policy, standards and other recommendations to all programs of the OGC.Liang, Steve (University of Calgary)
Chou, Tien-Yin (Feng Chia University)
Kmoch, Alexander (University of Tartu)
Workflow DWG (Workflow DWG)The mission of the Workflow DWG is to establish a forum for describing, discussing, and solving any issues related to geospatial workflows. By geospatial workflow we mean any workflows that contain any or all processes that relate to geospatial processes and/or data.Tillman, Stan (Hexagon)
** - There may be Co-Chairs or Vice-Chairs that are not listed in this table