The Open Geospatial Consortium and EarthCube, An EarthCube Technology Paper

D. Maidment
B. Domenico
A. Gemmell
K. Lehnert
David G. Tarboton, Utah State University
I. Zaslavsky


EarthCube aims to create an integrated system to access, analyze and share information that is used by the entire geosciences community. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an organization of which more than four hundred companies and agencies are members, whose purpose is to create open source standards for sharing geospatial and observational information. The authors of this paper are users of OGC standards in our work in hydrology, meteorology, climatology, oceanography and in the solid earth sciences, in other words, in key disciplinary fields that contribute to the Geosciences. Moreover, the OGC has an effective process for engaging individuals from many countries in standards development and interoperability testing that encourages them to set aside the roles they play in their home organizations and instead focus just on what is needed to share a particular class of information across the globe. This paper examines the hypothesis that an OGC-like process could be useful for broader sharing of information in the geosciences.