Federated Marine SDI

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The new call for Phase 3 has just been published (May 23, 2022). See the Call for Participation hereTechnical Proposal Template and Cost Proposal Template are accessible. Proposals are due June 24, 2022 (The Deadline Extended!).

Results of Phase-2 (January-June 2022) will be demonstrated the 123rd OGC Member Meeting in Madrid, June 13-17, 2022. All material will be released to the public afterwards!Introduction

The Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (FMSDI) Pilot is an OGC Innovation Program initiative with the objective to enhance Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDIs), to better understand MSDI maturity and to demonstrate the power of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data in the context of the marine environment.

The pilot will lead to four 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, European Coastal Regions, and a Southeast Asian region. The demonstration will show how using OGC, IHO, and other open standards enables the community's 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 inform the work of the IHO HSSC Working Group and will provide inputs to enhance the framework and its component standards.

  4. Development of the Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) Maturity Model - Providing a roadmap for MSDI development.

This pilot directly responds to the recommendations from the OGC-IHO MSDI Concept Development Study (CDS) and evidence by the success of the OGC-IHO collaboration in the OGC-IHO Maritime Limits and Boundaries Pilot, to initiate a full-scale Pilot to demonstrate a multi-country, federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) under land/sea interface use-cases. This pilot further builds on results from the OGC Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot. The Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study summarized the efforts and information gathered from a Request for Information which focused on in-depth data requirements, architecture, and standards needs for a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure. The Maritime Limits and Boundaries Pilot worked to build a detailed implementation to test S-121 Standard data. The Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot aims to utilize international standards to support a spatial data exchange focusing on the complex issues of Arctic marine space.

The FMSDI pilot started in August 2021 and is currently planned to last until December 2022. It is organized in three phases:

  • The first, already completed phase, included the Marine Data Availability and Accessibility Study (MDAAS). MDAAS started with the release of a Request for Information (RFI) to help determine data availability and accessibility of Marine Protected Areas (MPA, IHO S-122) and other marine data in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. MDAAS further helped assess interoperability, availability and usability of data, geospatial web services, and tools across different regions and use of marine spatial data. MDAAS also provided identification of gaps and helped define reference use-cases and scenarios for use in future FMSDI Pilot activities.

  • 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 (IGIF, or UNGGIM-IGIF).

  • The third phase, which is starting May 2022, extends the use cases developed in the second phase and adds the Arctic region as a new location to the demonstration scenarios.

The project is currently in phase 2 and a Call for Participation has been released to solicit interest from the marine community to join Phase 3, which started May 2022 (see below).

Call for Participation

We currently experience a rapidly changing environment in the Arctic with climate change being an important factor. Coastlines change, sea currents are affected that lead to a changing climate on both land and sea and have consequences on marine food chains. Formerly frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean have started to be released, whereas changing ice patterns make large areas of the Arctic accessible and navigable during long periods of the year. Thus, impacts of climate change on the Arctic environment present both challenges and potential opportunities for coastal communities, ecosystems, and economic activities. With more and more data becoming available, the question is: what can we do with all of this data? Do we better understand the status quo, or changes over time? Is this the right data that we found? What do we have and what are we missing? Do the interfaces for this data work? Also, do we have the right tools?

Expressed more specifically, can we ask what analytical predictive information products we can extract from the available data? What is the role of EO Framework to share multi-temporal, multi-spectral analysis as information products? How can these data streams feed into and streamline regulatory processes?

The goal of this pilot is to explore the current data basis, the accessibility to these data, processing capacities, analytical components, and visualization options that help us to better understand the opportunities and challenges described above. The pilot explores the data integration and analysis layer, but shall demonstrate information products for senior decision makers in particular.

The full call text, including all cost-share opportunities is available here. Technical Proposal Template and Cost Proposal Template are accessible here. Proposals are due June 24, 2022 (The Deadline Extended!).

Previously Closed Calls for Participation

Phase 2 of the pilot, which started January 2022, is just about to end. Results will be demonstrated at the OGC Member Meeting in June and released to the public afterwards. 

The full Call for Participation is available here in HTML. A PDF version can be downloaded from here. This initiative is being conducted under the OGC Innovation Program. Proposals had been due December 10th, 2021.

Marine Data Availability and Accessibility Study (MDAAS)

Phase one of the FMSDI Pilot is the Marine Data Availability and Accessibility Study (MDAAS). The Request for Information (RFI) was the first part of this study to 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, accessibility and lessons learned from the RFI results.

The RFI will help assess interoperability, availability and usability of data, geospatial web services, and tools across different regions and use 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.

In more detail, the Marine Data Availability and Accessibility Study (MDAAS) will help flush out much of the data involved in the land/sea interface scenario, coastal zone protection, shoreline management, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The study will further help improve 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 in many ways:

  • Improving discovery and sharing of data within national SDIs, both terrestrial and marine, and across national jurisdictions

  • Prototyping functional federated Marine SDI architecture and tools to connect to operational environments

  • Building on best-of-breed standards and conventions across sponsoring and participating organizations in a highly collaborative environment to develop best practices and guidelines

  • Performing real-world testing of existing IHO and OGC standards and provide recommendations for improvements to those standards

  • Supporting open standards policies and improved information sharing with international partners

Call for Sponsors

Given the multi-phased approach of this pilot, it is still possible to join the pilot as a sponsoring organization. If you are interested in sponsoring the pilot, please contact innovation [at] ogc.org for more information.