Request Closed: February 16, 2024 9:00 am — March 20, 2024 11:59 pm

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership seeks to form a new Geospatial Reporting Indicators (GRI) Standards Working Group (SWG). Public comment is sought on its draft Charter. Comments are due by March 20, 2024.

The purpose of the GRI SWG is to:

  • develop a portfolio of open Standards that enable the robust, transparent, and consistent use of geospatial data and indicators in international reporting schemes; and
  • accelerate the development and adoption of open Standards-based geospatial technologies that can form components of systems used to implement international reporting schemes, including systems supporting planning, data collection, monitoring, and reporting activities.

The standardization promoted by this SWG will support transparency in international Geospatial Reporting Indicators; enable interoperability between local, national, and regional geospatial data infrastructures and analytical applications to facilitate reporting processes; and, enable robust comparisons that help build shared understandings of which approaches work in a range of global contexts. The community consensus-based process used in the development of OGC Standards and Standards-based technologies will promote inclusiveness and representation of the global community in shaping GRIs.

There are many GRIs in use by international organizations, private sector consortia, and national governments. These GRIs can be specific to one or more sectors, target a specific factor such as impacts of methane emissions, or cover multiple factors and be sector agnostic. 

To make progress, the GRI SWG plans to assess the importance of these indicators to set an area of focus for one or more years, to be reviewed annually and voted on by the SWG committee. It is anticipated that the focus area will evolve over time in response to opportunities and progress made on standards development. An initial focus area, defined in the charter, will be Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN).

Call for Chairs:
If you are interested in chairing the SWG, please indicate your interest. The vote on the charter and chairs will be made at the Geospatial Reporting Indicators ad hoc session held on the Monday of the 128th OGC Member Meeting in Delft, Netherlands.

The draft charter for the OGC Geospatial Reporting Indicators Standards Working Group (24-003) (.HTML) is available for review and comment on the OGC Portal. Comments are due by March 20, 2024, and should be submitted via the method below.

To Comment: 
Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a period ending on the “Close request date” listed above. Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments via this email address, using this Comments Template for the message body.

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Climate Change, Geospatial Reporting Indicators, Land Degredation, SWG