Demonstrating the diversity, richness and value of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) to Arctic stakeholders.

The Arctic Spatial Data Pilot (ArcticSDP), an 18 month study, was initiated to demonstrate the diversity, richness and value of providing geospatial data using international standards in support of spatial data exchange. It shows how standards help stakeholders gain new perspectives into social, economic, and environmental issues by providing an online network of resources that improves the sharing, use, and integration of information tied to geographic locations in North America, the Arctic, and around the world.

Organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the Pilot is sponsored by US Geological Survey and Natural Resources Canada. The Pilot supports US and Canada domestic priorities around open standards and interoperability. The Pilot supports the strategic goals of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI), a voluntary, multilateral cooperation between the 8 Arctic Countries' National Mapping Agencies (including USGS and NRCan).

The project was executed in two phases: the first, completed as of May 2016, was organized as an OGC Concept Development Study; the second phase, completed March 2017, was conducted as an OGC Pilot Activity. The OGC Concept Development Study and Pilot initiatives are part of the OGC Innovation Program, a collaborative effort that applies the OGC Technical Baseline and other (non-OGC) technologies to sponsor scenarios.

The Pilot Activity was executed from September 2016 to March 2017. 12 OGC member organizations worked together to create case studies, implementations, reports, and videos that demonstrate the value of an SDI for the Arctic and help form a holistic view of an unique environment. The results of both phases, including the results from a Request for Information that was issued to arctic stakeholders, are available through this website.

Final Demonstration Event

The final demonstration event took place at USGS headquaters in Virginia, US, on March 15, 2017. We maxed out our GoToMeeting bandwidth, so if you want to replay the full recording, it is available on Youtube

Press Releases

OGC released three press releases in the context of the Arctic Spatial Data Pilot.

The first press release, issued January 04, 2016, announced the new Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Project. 1st Press Release

The second press release, issued February 24, 2016, requested information to guide the Arctic Spatial Data Pilot. 2nd Press Release

The third press release, issued May 25, 2016, announced a Request for Quotation and Call for Participation with the purpose to solicit proposals in response to a set of requirements for the OGC Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Interoperability Program (IP) initiative phase-2. 3rd Press Release


“Financial support was provided by the United States Geological Survey, and by GeoConnections, a national collaborative initiative led by Natural Resources Canada. GeoConnections supports the integration and use of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), an on-line resource that improves the sharing, access and use of open geospatial information.”