Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) - CDS 





The Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study has completed. It was organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and supported by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  


The resulting Engineering Report will be published soon and a link will be provided here.







The OGC Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study (MSDI-CDS) assessed 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 was to bring together the marine and broader geospatial standards community to guide future OGC Innovation Program partnership with the following activities: 

  • Engage executive-level participants to understand the most important challenges 
  • Engage different marine geospatial data stakeholders (i.e. data providers, developers, and users)
  • Help participants better understand activities occuring at OGC, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) andher key organizations
  • Engage operational and technical stakeholders to gather and share information on the current and future state for using marine geospatial data and services, including:
  • Understand what data, applications, tools, and services are currently available;
  • Understand what data, applications, tools, and services stakeholders need;
  • Understanding discoverability, accessibility, and usability challenges;
  • Understand interoperability challenges and integration opportunities;
  • Identify gaps in data, applications, tools, and services; and
  • Bring 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.