David Arctur

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Since July 2012, Dr. David Arctur has the title of Research/Academic Advocate for OGC, representing a community outreach and liaison role to stimulate greater use of OGC and related standards in geosciences research, and to encourage greater participation by the scientific community in the evolution of OGC standards and processes.

David holds appointments as Research Scientist & Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin (Jackson School of Geosciences, Cockrell School of Engineering, and School of Information). His "home base" at UT Austin is in the interdisciplinary Center for Integrative Earth System Science (CIESS, http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/ciess). Since 2012, David has led an annual development project for the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP), and has coordinated a number of funded research projects for NASA and NSF. He has helped convene sessions and present on interoperability topics at American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geosciences Union (EGU) annual conferences since 2009.

David has also been active in the NSF EarthCube initiative (http://earthcube.org) since 2011, helping develop the governance structure, and currently serving on its elected Leadership Council (2015-2016). His research activities include participating in the EarthCube Building Block project for Integrating Discrete and Continuous Data (DisConBB, 2013-2015); helping organize the EarthCube End-User Workshop on Marine-Seismic Data (Dec 2014); and participating in the EarthCube iSamples Research Coordination Network (2014-2016).

From 2008 to June 2012, David was Director of Interoperability Programs in OGC, leading multi-disciplinary and collaborative prototype and testbed initiatives (OWS-6, OWS-7, OWS-8) to advance new requirements and specifications for sensor web, geoprocessing workflow, decision support services, and data model harmonization.

In 2008-2009, David helped initiate and shepherd the formation of an alliance between OGC and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which essentially enables OGC to be a technology standards development extension of WMO. He was instrumental in helping form the joint OGC-WMO Hydrology Domain Working Group (Hydro DWG) and the Meteorology-Oceanography (Met-Oceans) DWG, which continue to be very active in developing data exchange standards and best practices for these domains.

Before joining OGC staff, he served two years as President and Chief Technology Officer for the OGC Interoperability Institute (OGCii), which was positioned to encourage the academic research community in developing interoperability of geoscience data and models. David was previously with Esri for six years, serving as a data architect, interoperability engineer, and technical writer. He coauthored the book, Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling (Esri Press, 2004). Before Esri, he was Chief Scientist for four years at Laser-Scan Inc, a GIS software company in Sterling Virginia. David served as a delegate to OGC for both Esri and Laser-Scan, dating back to 1996. He chaired and participated in a number of OGC working groups and standards developments.

Prior to entering the GIS field, he taught relational database design and object-oriented programming for Informix, ParcPlace Systems, and Momenta in Silicon Valley (1986-92), and was involved in energy industry research at the Electric Power Research Institute and the Stanford Research Institute (1979-84). He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida.

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