Request Closed: December 7, 2023 9:00 am — January 19, 2024 11:59 pm

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites interested organizations to respond to the Call For Sponsors for the upcoming Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (FMSDI) Pilot 2024. The Pilot aims to address the complexities faced when connecting data of the sea with data of the land. Sponsorship applications close January 19, 2024.

Coasts are complex and dynamic environments that form some of our most important economic and ecological areas. However, data integration is particularly challenging for coastal environments. This is in part because the organizations that manage a country’s marine areas are often separate from those that manage its land. This has led to semantic and technical differences between the data and systems that they each create and maintain – differences that can run as deep as their geographical foundations.

The OGC FMSDI Pilot 2024 seeks to improve the interoperability of land & sea data by developing freely available, open solutions to the real-world problems being faced by sponsoring organizations. 

Example scenarios that could be addressed by the FMSDI Pilot 2024 include: ports; slow-onset disasters that cross national boundaries, such as cyclones; Arctic coastal areas; small islands; or other scenarios put forth by Pilot Sponsors.

Technologies and applications that could be accelerated by the Pilot include: digital twins for land & sea; marine cadaster; connecting with the Ocean Science community; water column data; or other areas put forth by Pilot Sponsors.

  • Digital Twins for Land & Sea: expand upon previous experiments with OGC and other Standards related to connecting Digital Twins of the Land and Sea, and develop or refine methods to overcome data gaps for scenarios such as storm surges, floods, and more.
  • Marine Georegulation/Cadaster: further refine the outcomes from the OGC Marine Limits and Boundaries Pilot, and undergo practical testing of LADM Part 3: Marine Georegulation (ISO/DIS 19152-3).
  • Connecting with the Ocean Science Community: explore how to better connect to global Ocean science data and platforms and leverage data concerning ocean biodiversity, ecosystems, predictive sea surface temperature models, and more. Explore potential harmony with the current OGC Open Science Persistent Demonstrator.
  • Water Column data: developing interoperable underwater & water column data gathering practices in support of near-coastal environmental monitoring and/or seabed and sub-seabed resource management.
  • or other use cases of interest to Pilot Sponsors.

The 2024 FMSDI Pilot forms the fifth phase of the OGC FMSDI Initiative, which began in September 2021. The ongoing Initiative builds upon the outcomes of Phases one, two, three, and four, as well as other OGC COSI Program Initiatives, such as the Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study, the Maritime Limits and Boundaries Pilot, and the Arctic Spatial Data Pilot

An article outlining the complexities of coastal environments, as well as previous FMSDI phases, was published in GeoConnexion Magazine in 2023 under the title The Complex Interface Of Land And Sea.

The OGC FMSDI Pilot 2024 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 more about the benefits of sponsoring the FMSDI 2024 Pilot, or to download the Call For Sponsors document, visit the Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot 2024 webpage on Sponsorship applications close January 19, 2024.


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