Geospatial Standards for Earth and Space Sciences; EGU, April 2009

EGU logo: EGU logoThe Implementation of International Geospatial Standards for Earth and Space Sciences


EGU 2009 Splinter Session SMP23 – 22 April 2009
Conveners: S. Nativi and G. Percivall

Splinter session description


The Earth and space sciences are implementing international open standards for discovery, access and processing of geospatial information.   These standards provide for interoperability well tuned to the Earth and space sciences, because members of the same community developed the standards.  This session will show some of the latest advances in implementing open standards for access to sensor data, processing of the data suitable for a specific decision or research context, and presentation of the information to the various communities ranging from researchers, policy makers and general public.  Discussion by the session participants will result in additional feedback to the standards bodies (OGC, ISO, etc.) to further advance the standards applicability to Earth and space sciences.



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 Introduction to the session

 Stefano Nativi, EGU-ESSI 

 Geosciences and OGC Standards

 George Percivall, OGC

 Geological applications using geospatial standards –
    an example from OneGeology-Europe and GeoSciML

 John Laxton, British Geological Survey and OneGeology

 Land Monitoring Network Services based on International Geospatial Standards:
    geoland2/SDI and SOSI Projects

 G. Triebnig, S. Meissl, EOX IT Services GmbH,Vienna, Austria

 A Services‐Oriented Architecture for Water Observations Data

 David Maidment Univ. Texas and Ilya Zaslavsky, SDSC

 Using standards for Ocean Data

 Dick Schaap MARIS and SeaDataNet

 Met-Ocean applications using geospatial standards

 Jon Blower, Reading e-Science Centre

 Powered by standards - new data tools for the climate sciences" 

 Andrew Woolf, STFC UK


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 Quotes from Participants

  • "OGC standards are the way to go to achieve interoperability in the GeoSciences." - David R. Maidment, Director, Center for Research in Water Resources, University of Texas
  • "Development of OGC standards is enable by: 1) the leadership of the geosciences community participating in the development of the standards, 2) emphasis on implementation before adoption, and 3) recognition deployment will occur in environments where multiple standards are used."  - George Percivall, Chief Architect, Open Geospatial Consortium
  • 'It was useful to see how the different Earth Science communities are using geospatial standards, so that we can both learn from each other's experiences and look forward to increasing interoperability between domains in order to address major Earth Science challenges such as climate change.' - John Laxton, British Geological Survey
  • "Interoperability is crucial for the acceptance of Land Monitoring Network Services. It was great to see the uptake of OGC standards among the different Earth Science communities." - Stephan Meissl, EOX IT Services GmbH


Presentations for download listed below

EGU_Geostandards_1_Nativi.pdf3.21 MB
EGU_Geostandards_2_Percivall.pdf3.86 MB
EGU_GeoStandards_3_Laxton.pdf4.47 MB
EGU_Geostandards_5_Triebnig_Meissl.pdf3.81 MB
EGU_GeoStandards_6_Schaap.pdf7.51 MB
EGU_GeoStandards_7_Blower.pdf2.97 MB
EGU_GeoStandards_8_Woolf.pdf1.2 MB
EGU_Geostandards_4_Maidment_Zaslavsky.pdf6.77 MB