Utilising geo-information in times of crises

January 10th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) will assess the state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery. The study will aid in developing a series of future pilots to advance the state of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) that support disaster risk reduction globally.

The Disasters Interoperability CDS aims to collate, document, and make freely available the knowledge and best practices required for geospatial information sharing in times of crisis.

The OGC is inviting anyone who provides and/or uses geospatial data or products connected to disasters to participate in a series of workshops this year. Interested parties are also invited to respond to the request for information that will be issued by the OGC in February 2018.

Geospatial information is effective in supporting the understanding of and response to disasters, from identifying at-risk areas by building scientific models and analysing historical data, to assessing damage and coordinating response teams using near real-time imagery and data in the wake of a crisis.

However, the ability to effectively share, use, and re-use geospatial information and applications across and between governments and NGOs in support of disaster response and resilience is dependent upon having the required partnerships, policies, standards, architecture, and technologies already in-place when disaster strikes.

To achieve these objectives, the CDS will bring together stakeholders from the global disasters community to assess the current state of data exchange technologies (e.g. data, tools, APIs).

This OGC Innovation Programme will lay the groundwork for multiple OGC Pilot Projects over the next five years. These pilots will advance the ability of SDIs to support disaster risk reduction. By combining the information gained in this CDS with future Testbeds and Pilot Projects, the OGC and its members will demonstrate the richness, benefits, and value of using international standards to provide geospatial data in support of disaster planning, response, and recovery.

This study and subsequent initiatives will show how data standards help stakeholders and decision makers gain new and beneficial perspectives into social, economic, and environmental issues related to disasters by providing access to an online network of resources that improve the sharing, use, and integration of information tied to geographic locations across the globe.

For more information visit www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/disasterscds.

Contact Terry Idol, OGC, tidol@opengeospatial.org

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