Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) - CDS 



JUST ANNOUNCED: The Request for Information (RFI) on Marine Concept Development Study is in the process of being issued. The RFI is being organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), supported by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the IHO MSDI.


The Marine Workshop has completed. It was organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), supported by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and hosted by the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS).  



The workshop was conducted as part of the OGC’s Marine Concept Development Study (CDS) to assess the current state of data and product management and exchange technologies used in the marine domain.


Registration for the workshop was free, but mandatory.


This page will also give you more information on the Workshop, including the agenda:





The OGC Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study (MSDI-CDS) will assess the current state of data management and exchange technologies used in the marine domain.


The marine domain describes all phenomena and activities that occur within, around, or are related to the space of earth’s inland waters, seas and oceans.   The marine geospatial data collected and managed by organizations supporting, operating within, or researching this domain, is increasing in demand by a growing user-base with a variety of new applications.


The knowledge gained from the MSDI-CDS will be captured in a technical report and provide both a interoperability reference architecture for MSDI and the foundation for a potential future pilot that will in turn advance the state of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) that support discoverability, accessibility, and interoperability of marine geospatial data across the globe.


The purpose of this the Concept Development Study and its workshops is to bring together the marine and broader geospatial standards community to guide future OGC Innovation Program partnership activities by: 

  • Engaging executive-level participants to understand the most important challenges 
  • Engaging different marine geospatial data stakeholders (i.e. data providers, developers, and users)
  • Helping participants better understand activities occuring at OGC, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) andher key organizations
  • Engaging operational and technical stakeholders to gather and share information on the current and future state for using marine geospatial data and services, including:
  • Understanding what data, applications, tools, and services are currently available;
  • Understanding what data, applications, tools, and services stakeholders need;
  • Understanding discoverability, accessibility, and usability challenges;
  • Understanding interoperability challenges and integration opportunities;
  • Identifying gaps in data, applications, tools, and services; and
  • Bringing together diverse participants to understand what challenges may translate into requirements for a potential, multi-organization-supported pilot that would kickoff after completion of the MSDI-CDS in February 2019.




  • September 2018 - Draft assesment
  • November - Request for Infomation
  • October 23 2018 - Workshop
  • January 2019 - Draft report MSDI Current/Future State  
  • January 2019 - Follow-on workshop
  • February 2019 - Report submission