Federated Marine SDI

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A Call for Particpation is currently open! Deadline to respond is December 10th, 2021. See Call for Participation below!

Introduction

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

  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 for testing S-121 Standard data. The Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot aimed to utilize international standards to support a spatial data exchange focusing on the complex issues of Arctic marine space.

This FMSDI pilot has been started in August 2021 and is currently planned to last until September 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. The MDAAS further helped assess interoperability, availability and usability of data, geospatial Web services, and tools across different regions and uses 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 a 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 expected to start later in 2022, will primarily extend the use cases developed in the second phase and add 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 the Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot (see below).

Call for Participation

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has released a Call for Participation (CFP) to solicit proposals for the OGC Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot (FMSDI). The Call for Participation is broken into three segments of focus:

  1. Developing a federation of S-122 Standard Marine Protected Area (MPA) data sets;

  2. Exploring a data fidelity, mobility, and versatility of S-100 Product Specification as well as other marine standards and data;

  3. Designing a UNGGIM-IGIF (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management-Integrated Geospatial Information Framework) derived Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure maturity model which provides a roadmap for MSDI development.

The Call seeks participants to help exploring these work items, in particular to identify and explore Marine Protected Area data, to demonstrate a data integration scenario including marine, terrestrial, and other data using OGC technologies, and to develop and explore the Marine SDI maturity model.

The full Call for Participation is available here as HTML. A PDF version can be downloaded from here. This initiative is being conducted under the OGC Innovation Program. Please reach out to Rollin Phillips <rphillips [at] ogc.org> with any questions or proposals. Proposals are 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). A Request for Information (RFI) has been the first part of this study and 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 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.

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 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 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 architectures 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 providing recommendations for improvements to those standards

  • Supporting open standards, policy, 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.