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June 3rd, 2022
OGC Calls for Participation in Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot 2022

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites interested organizations to respond to a Call for Participation for Phase 3 of the Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot (FMSDI-22). Funding is available. The deadline for responses is 19 June, 2022.

Building on previous work, the FMSDI-22 Pilot aims to examine challenges and potential opportunities for coastal communities, ecosystems, and economic activities in the Arctic. Climate Change plays an important role in this context: as conditions change, so do the available data and services.

Together with sponsoring organizations and international bodies IHO and UN-GGIM, selected Pilot Participants will receive funding to explore the current status of distributed land and marine data services for marine and coastal environments in the Arctic.

The FMSDI-22 Pilot offers selected Participants a unique opportunity to recoup a significant portion of their initiative expenses. Pilot Sponsors are supporting the Pilot with cost-sharing funds to partially offset the costs associated with development, engineering, and demonstration of these outcomes. Last year alone, OGC’s Innovation Program gave US$2.1 Million back to the geospatial community via its Innovation Initiatives.

The FMSDI-22 Pilot is broken out into three pillars:

  • Demonstration: a Land-Sea scenario in the Arctic that will integrate data from multiple sources, infrastructures, and portals and will show what works best and what needs enhancement.
  • OGC Standards: Identify the necessary standards and profiles, and explore the capacities of the new OGC API standards.
  • IHO Standards: Explore the maturity of the S-100 series, how widely it is distributed, and how well it works with OGC standards.

Upon completion of the three outlined pillars, the FMSDI-22 Pilot will have multiple outputs including a practical demonstration, videos, a comprehensive report, future work items, and integration paths.

Participants are free to define and execute their own (sub-) scenario for the pilot, and will then work together to integrate these individual scenarios into one overarching scenario. The scenario(s) data will be served and processed by a variety of services that may or may not be part of a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure. Based on the experiences and lessons learned, recommendations for future enhancements shall then be developed.

Scenario examples include: demonstrating interoperability between land and marine data that is necessary to study erosion; sensitivity to climate change; effects of climate change and a changing Arctic environment on wildlife migration corridors; and mapping coastal sensitivity to climate change. A full list of examples, scope of work, and additional information can be found in the Call For Participation document, available on the FMSDI-22 Pilot webpage.

The OGC Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot 2022 will be conducted under OGC’s Innovation 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 or participating in an OGC Innovation Program Initiative such as this, visit the OGC Innovation Program webpage, or watch this short video on how OGC’s Innovation Program can benefit your organization.

For more information on the Pilot, including how to submit a proposal in response to the Call For Participation, as well as the CFP document itself, visit the Federated Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Pilot webpage. The project will officially start with a kick-off workshop scheduled for 5-6 July, 2022. The deadline for responses to the Call for Participation for FMSDI-22 is 19 June, 2022. 

Proposals from non-members can be submitted with a completed application for OGC membership, or a letter of intent that is submitted prior to, or with, their proposal.

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a collective problem-solving community of experts from more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

The global OGC Community engages in a mix of activities related to location-based technologies: developing consensus-based open standards and best-practice; collaborating on agile innovation initiatives; engaging in community meetings, events, and workshops; and more.

OGC’s unique standards development process moves at the pace of innovation, with constant input from technology forecasting, practical prototyping, real-world testing, and community engagement.

OGC bridges disparate sectors, domains, and technology trends, and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas between different communities of practice to improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating an inclusive and sustainable future.

Visit ogc.org for more info on our work.