Federated Marine SDI Phase 3

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Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (FMSDI) Pilot Phase 3




Results of Phase-3 (June-December 2022) will be demonstrated at the OGC Member Meeting: Digital Twins - Land and Sea in Singapore, October 2-7, 2022 and virtually in December. All material will be released to the public afterwards!

Phase 3 of the Federated Marine SDI (FMSDI) Pilot will be focused on advancing the implementation of open data standards, architecture, and prototypes for use with the creation, management, integration, dissemination, and onward use of marine and terrestrial data services for the Arctic. The user cases developed in the second phase of the FMSDI pilot will be extended to add the Arctic region as a new location to the demonstration scenarios.

In Phase-3, an overarching, sea-based, health and safety scenario incorporating the land/sea interface in the Arctic will be devised. This scenario will demonstrate the technology and data used with OGC, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and other community standards in response to a grounding event and the evacuation of a cruise ship or research vessel in the Arctic.

Participants will develop demonstration sub-scenarios that show how data can be discovered, accessed, used and reused, shared, processed, analyzed, and visualized. Each sub-scenario shall demonstrate what is currently possible and what gaps are experienced with the resources that can be discovered on the Internet.

Potential activities may include:

  • Demonstrating interoperability between land and marine data that is necessary to understand coastal erosion (e.g., ocean currents, geology, permafrost characteristics, etc.)
  • Effects of climate change and a changing Arctic environment on wildlife migration corridors: land-sea ice-island (caribou) and sea (marine mammals)
  • Investigating the role of vector tiles and style sheets across the land-sea interface
  • Inclusion of the Arctic Voyage Planning Guide (AVPG)
  • Discrete Global Grid Systems (DGGS) user-case
  • Much more …

The following image shows the proposed schedule for Phase-3:


Overarching Master Scenario



Shipping traffic in the waters off western Alaska and the Arctic has significantly increased. In the last 12 years, there has been a significant increase in shipping traffic, and all signs indicate that the amount of traffic will increase. However, as the amount of shipping traffic increases, the risk of accidents also increases.

The area off western Alaska includes national parks, several Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs), and challenging navigation conditions, potentially impacting wildlife species by disturbances and implications from this increase in vessel traffic.

This scenario is a sea-based transportation, health and safety scenario incorporating the land/sea interface off the west coast of Alaska. The area of interest for the overall scenario is shown below:



The expedition cruise ship, Discovery (our fictional ship), is conducting a 22-day trip from Nome, Alaska, to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Discovery is carrying 142 passengers and 104 crew and departs Nome on July 22 at around 1700 hours. She passes through the Bering Strait overnight to her first stop, Kotzebue Bay (pronounced kaat·suh·byoo). She is scheduled to arrive in the area around 0800 hours and will remain there for most of the day, providing an opportunity for passengers to view flora and fauna via shore excursions.

However, early in the morning, about an hour after rounding Cape Espenberg, as she headed towards Goodhope Bay, the ship had a major power failure that, due to a cascading generator shutdown, caused the vessel to lose propulsion. One of the generators was able to be restarted within an hour to supply partial electricity to the ship but not before the relatively high winds at the time pushed the ship dangerously close to the shore. Under partial power, the ship tried to navigate the shallow area indicated on the nautical chart, but the ship ran aground.

Discovery is grounded in an ecologically sensitive area between two river systems that, in recent times, has caused increased silting and coastal erosion attributed to climate change and the increase in permafrost melt. This increase in the amount of silt outflow has caused the current water depths in the area to decrease. This decrease was partially attributable to the ship running aground.

With only partial power to run on-board systems and a low probability of becoming seaworthy, Discovery declares an emergency.

The following image shows the participants and their general allocated roles:

Each participant also provides a sub-scenario package that includes


the definition and implementation of the sub-scenario 

  • the role it plays as part of the overarching scenario
  • a client and loads this client with data and analytics as provided by other participants, or a service component to make data available in a standards-compliant format

Documentation of all results (contribution to the Engineering Report) that includes:

  • Experiences and lessons learned with respect to the data research questions stated above.
  • What role of standards to play?
  • Which standards have been used? What is missing?
  • How did the integration/federation work?
  • What model for future federations can we envision?
  • What efforts are recommended to further enhance the user experiences for the various elements in the scenario?
  • Deliver a demo video and demonstrations of the scenario during a recorded video conference


Previous Phases:

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 the 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 project is currently in Phase-3, and the deadline for responses to the Call for Participation (CFP) was June 24, 2022, and the CFP is available in HTML format and PDF format.


Sponsoring Organization

The following OGC Member organization sponsored the OGC FMSDI phase. The sponsor provided interoperability requirements, cost-share funding and geospatial data required to run the scenarios.




Participating Organizations

The participating organizations in this phase are:


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.

Last updated 2022-08-18 17:51:49 +0100