GeoConnections CGDI Pilot

The Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) Pilot, sponsored by GeoConnections Canada, was an initiative of OGC's Interoperability Program to test the feasibility of using open, standards-based technology to improve the management and dissemination of geospatial data in Canada. In particular, this project demonstrated that technology from multiple vendors based on the Open Geospatial Consortium’s Web Feature Service (WFS) standard could interoperate to provide access to the most current and authoritative data; thereby maintaining currency, avoiding versioning and minimizing duplication of the data. The main development of CGDI was conducted from April 2007 to January 2008.

View the Results

For a detailed summary of the results of CGDI, please download the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Summary Report (08-000). To view a video of CGDI results please visit the CGDI Demonstration page.

Major Achievements

  • Established a permanent collaborative environment for geospatial data as a key component for creating a sustainable and current spatial data infrastructure in Canada
  • Established a mechanism for supporting feature synchronization and data currency in a distributed and collaborative SDI environment, promoting closest-to-source ownership of geospatial data for all data providers.
  • WFS-enabled data sets for 12 Canadian provinces

Work Products

About the OGC Interoperability Program

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) conducts the Interoperability Program (IP) as a global, hands-on and collaborative prototyping program for rapid development of proven candidate specifications for consideration for consensus adoption and public release by the OGC Specification Program. In OGC's interoperability initiatives, international technology developers and providers team together to solve specific geo-processing interoperability problems posed by the initiative's sponsoring organizations. OGC IP initiatives include test beds, pilot projects, interoperability experiments, and interoperability support services - all designed to encourage rapid development, testing, validation and adoption of open, consensus-based standards specifications.