Request Closed: July 25, 2023 9:00 am — September 17, 2023 11:59 pm

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information and intentions for the OGC Open Science Persistent Demonstrator (OSPD) Initiative. The RFI is in preparation for an OGC Call for Participation (CFP), which will be released once the RFI responses are analyzed. Responses are due by September 17, 2023.

With the OPSD OGC is taking Open Science to the next level – but needs your help in doing so. Join the first stage of OGC’s multi-year Open Science Initiative by responding to our Request for Information on Earth Observation (EO) platforms, EO data visualization, and decision-making based on scientific evidence. This multi-year project seeks to support collaborative open science not only for the scientific community, but for decision-makers and the general public alike.

OGC’s OSPD Initiative will explore the principles of reusability, reproducibility, and transparency in the context of the Earth Sciences. The goal is to grow the open science community and to make scientific results available to the people who need it most, in a format they can benefit from. The OSPD aims to further increase the positive impact of the Earth Sciences on society through enabling and demonstrating solutions that create capacity for better and faster Earth Science research, comparison scenarios, and adoption of EO-based results. OSPD integrates requirements and ideas from OGC Strategic Members European Space Agency (ESA) and National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA)

Ultimately, the Open Science Persistent Demonstrator will be a 24/7 available web application that demonstrates and tests scientific workflows across several existing platforms. The goal is to demonstrate how platforms operated by different organizations can be used for collaborative research and data representation. Additionally, the OSPD makes developments available for testing against operational usage prior to adoption by organizations. 

By providing corresponding learning material, the OSPD allows easy entry into the world of scientific resources and data analysis. At the same time, it demonstrates the provision of results in different forms to meet the needs of scientists, decision makers, and the general public.

This RFI is released to solicit interest in participating in the upcoming experiments around cross-platform collaborative science. Do you operate a platform and want to grow your user community? Are you a data visualization expert and want to demonstrate your capabilities for results produced by these platforms? Are you an expert in what-if scenarios? Do you have earth observation or other geodata and want to intensify their use? Then join us and help in the design and operation of the OSPD by responding to this Request For Information.

The OGC Open Science Persistent Demonstrator will be conducted under OGC’s Collaborative Solutions and Innovation (COSI) Program, a collaborative, agile, and hands-on prototyping and engineering environment where sponsors and OGC members come together to address location interoperability challenges while validating international open standards. To learn about the benefits of sponsoring an OGC COSI Program Initiative such as this, visit the OGC COSI Program webpage.

More information on OGC’s OPSD Initiative, including the RFI document and how to respond, is available on the OGC Open Science Persistent Demonstrator Initiative webpage. Responses to the RFI are due by September 17, 2023.


Earth Observation, Earth Science, Open Science, Open Science Persistent Demonstrator