Emergency & Disaster Management DWG


Sullivan, Don (US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA))
Knudson, Jacqueline (Jaci) (US Dept. of Defense/DISA)
Chou, Tien-Yin (Feng Chia University)
Penman, James (UK Met Office)

Group Description:


The purpose of the EDM DWG is to promote and support the establishment of requirements and best practices for web service interfaces, models and schemas for enabling the discovery, access, sharing, analysis, visualization and processing of information to the forecasting, prevention, response to and recovery from emergency and disaster situations.


The mission of the EDM DWG is to improve efficiency and effectiveness of users in all phases of emergency and disaster activities communities through changes and extensions to OpenGIS® specifications which result in interoperable geospatial products and other information consumables that can be shared across these communities.

Objectives and Key Activities:

The EDM DWG provides a forum for uniting communities of users including government agencies, industry, research organizations, Non government organizations and others in various phases of emergency and disaster activities. The EDM DWG will:

  • Invite discussion of interoperability and standards requirements, use cases and related input from organizations involved in EDM. Example topics include but are not limited to:
    • Addressing a range of events, from small to large scale.
    • Involving limited or denied communications environments.
    • Limited “time to deploy” inherent in Emergency and Disaster event operations.
    • Trans-border events, such as nuclear accidents and pollutant dispersion, involving international and a variety of national institutions.
    • Assessment of institutional policy and practices as drivers for standards assessment, development, testing, validation and demonstration.
    • Consideration of changing technology and social trends, such as the impact of social networking, crowd sourcing and other mass market trends.
  • Evaluate input with respect to existing standards and architecture (including the OpenGIS Reference Model)
  • Identify interoperability standards gaps and opportunities to support improved EMDR information sharing, collaboration and decision making.  
  • Work closely with other OGC Technical Committee activities as necessary to define requirements and coordinate standards development and maintenance related to EDM objectives. 
  • Develop new requirements and change requests for consideration by OGC membership, and/or by other Standards Development Organizations ’s as appropriate
  • Propose or encourage initiation of Interoperability Program studies, experiments, pilot initiatives, testbed threads or demonstrations to address technical, institutional and policy related interoperability challenges, and identify and engage the interest of potential sponsors for these activities.
  • Coordinate with relevant OGC Alliance Partner organizations to identify requirements, advance standards and promote best practices.
  • Support outreach opportunities to include event participation, articles, etc.  to communicate the benefits of OGC standards, and to support and assist the user community with the adoption of OGC standards and best practices related to EDM

Chairs and Co-chairs: Jaci Knudson, Jimmy Chou, Gianluca Luraschi, James Penman