Federated Marine SDI

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As recommended by the successful OGC-IHO MSDI Concept Development Study (CDS), and as evidenced by the success of the OGC-IHO collaboration in the OGC-IHO Maritime Limits and Boundaries Pilot, OGC is seeking sponsors to help initiate a full-scale Pilot to demonstrate a multi-country, federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) under land/sea interface use-cases. Fill out the form below to download the call for sponsors.

The Federated Marine SDI Demonstration Pilot will show how Marine SDI can unlock valuable data and information for more than the traditional providers and consumers of hydrographic data. Specifically, the Pilot will include one or more land/sea interface scenarios in order to demonstrate how federated Marine SDI can provide simple, secure access across borders and domains, and improve the connections between terrestrial and marine foundational communities. Potential areas of interest include regions in the Arctic, European Coastal Waters, and South East Asia.

The land/sea interface scenario has valuable applications in coastal zone protection, shoreline management, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and improving the ability to connect Terrestrial and Marine SDIs, amongst others.

Improving Marine SDIs globally means contributing to an important and growing international collaboration that mutually benefits society and sponsoring and participating organizations. Benefits for organizations sponsoring the Pilot include:

  • Improving discovery and sharing of data within your national SDIs, both terrestrial and marine, and across national jurisdictions
  • Prototyping functional federated Marine SDI architectures and tools to connect to operational environments
  • Sponsoring an agile, adaptive, well-governed process inclusive of new and existing data sources and technologies
  • Building on best-of-breed standards and conventions across sponsoring and participating organizations in a highly collaborative environment
  • Performing real-world testing of existing IHO and OGC standards and providing recommendations for improvements to those standards
  • Maximizing return on investment by collaborating and sharing costs with other sponsors
  • Supporting open standards, policy, and improved information sharing with international partners

The  Pilot will lead to three main outcomes.

  1. Demonstration - A practical technology demonstration from global community experts showcasing federated Marine SDI for selected Land/Sea use cases. Possible examples include use cases for the Arctic, a European Coastal Region, and a southeast Asian region. The demonstration will show how using OGC, IHO, and other open standards enable the community ability to find, obtain, use, share, interoperate, and reuse data.
  2. Impact on OGC Standards - Lessons learned, gaps, and the need for changes to the OGC Standards Baseline will be summarized in an Engineering Report that will inform the OGC Standards Program.
  3. Impact on IHO Standards - Practical testing of relevant S-100 based IHO standards will accelerate the process for adoption and implementation of IHO standards. The resulting Engineering Report will help to inform the work of the IHO HSSC Working Group and will provide inputs to enhance the framework and its component standards.

  Expressions of interest in the pilot are due by April 30, 2021. Please contact ip [at] ogc.org for more info.


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