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. After an active Call for Sponsors we’ve come to consensus that a Request for Information (PDF Download Link) is needed to further develop the direction of this initiative.


This Request for Information (RFI) is part of the first phase of the OGC Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot (FMSDI). Sponsored by DGA, the goal of the FMSDI is to demonstrate practical application(s) of OGC Standards and OGC APIs developed around IHO Standards and the international data needs of Land/Sea use cases. This may include, but is not limited to, the Arctic, European coastal region, southeast Asian region, or the Mediterranean.


Phase one of the FMSDI Pilot is the Marine Data Availability and Accessibility Study (MDAAS). This RFI is the first part of this study and will help determine data availability and accessibility of Marine Protected Areas (S-122, MPA) and other marine data in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. The RFI results will feed into the second part of the study, a workshop that will further refine the availability and accessibility and lessons learned from the RFI results.


The RFI will help assess interoperability, availability and usability of the data, geospatial Web services, and tools across different regions and uses of marine spatial data. Along with the workshop it will also provide identification of gaps and help define reference use-cases and scenarios for use in future FMSDI Pilot activities.


Results of the RFI responses will be analyzed and documented in a report that will serve as the basis of discussion for the MDAAS workshop.


Responses to the RFI are requested by October 1, 2021. This RFI includes instructions on how organizations can respond to and submit questions about the RFI.


This RFI will help flush out much of the data involved in the land/sea interface scenario, 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.


Request for Information (PDF Download Link) responses are due by October 1, 2021. Please contact innovation [at] ogc.org () for more info.