Good Company Ventures’ Climate Ventures 2.0 to stress open data access

OGC and OGC’s Testbed 11 interoperability initiative, which addressed Urban Climate Resilience, were officially recognized in the December 2014 Fact Sheet about the White House Climate Data Initiative. Also mentioned in that document were GoodCompany Ventures (GCV) and the expansion of Climate Ventures 2.0. Climate Ventures 2.0 is GCV’s  initiative to mobilize, scale, and deploy entrepreneurial innovations in response to acute climate threats at the intersection of food and water security. GCV launched Climate Ventures 2.0 in collaboration with the White House Climate Data Initiative, and now GCV has announced an open call for applications for Climate Ventures 2.0. We encourage entrepreneurial readers of the OGC Blog to consider applying! Selected applicants will receive $25,000 in seed funding and an extraordinary level of technical expertise and business and marketing support from organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities and NASA.

As this phase of Climate Ventures 2.0 rolls out, GoodCompany Ventures wants “open data access” to be a major theme. We encourage all Climate Ventures 2.0 applicants to learn how OGC’s open standards will play an important role. Soil, water, climate and weather data are spatial data, and these data are of little use if they can’t be easily shared, communicated, aggregated and used together in analyses and decision support.

OGC’s Testbed 11 (see the video) showed how standards-based open data access enables science communities to connect to operational communities during an acute climate threat. Testbed 11 participants developed and exercised interfaces between a wide variety of research and operational systems in a simulated San Francisco Bay Area coastal inundation event. Testbed use cases showed how different enterprises could, through the use of the OGC Web Processing Service Interface Standard, synchronize their spatial data despite the fact that different enterprises used different database schemas. The OGC netCDF Standard (widely used in climate science and oceanography) and the OGC Web Coverage Service Standard enabled different types of data – Earth images, LiDAR, etc. – from different sources to be brought together quickly for analysis and modeling.

Climate challenges are both immediate crisis response challenges and long term mitigation challenges.  They are cross-community communication challenges and, as Climate Ventures 2.0 illustrates, they are also business challenges and opportunities. Open standards make big networks, including big water data networks, big soil data networks and big social networks, as well as business networks with sufficient scale to sustainably support sustainable environmental outcomes. Open standards that enable environmental information networks that enable smooth and rapid flow of environmental data are essential infrastructure for cities aiming to to respond effectively to climate challenges.

Active OGC working groups address not only agriculture and hydrology, but also geology, groundwater, climate, urban planning, 3D city models, pipeline monitoring, Earth observations and dozens of other topics. All of these domains need to “communicate spatially” for sustainability.

We look forward to working with the entrepreneurs of Climate Ventures 2.0!