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The OGC's Disaster Concept Developing Study - a way forward to disaster response

Marie-Francoise Voidrot, Terry Idol and Athina Trakas

(Submission #306)


Geospatial information has been proven effective in supporting both the understanding of and response to disasters. The supported activities include identifying at-risk areas by building scientific models and analyzing historical data, to assessing damage and coordinating response teams using near real-time imagery and data in the wake of a crisis, and myriad other applications in-between.

However the ability to effectively share, use, and re-use geospatial information and applications across and between governments and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in support of disaster response and resilience is dependent upon having a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) already in-place when disaster strikes.

In the last 10 years, the earth has experiment more than 370 annual disasters due to natural hazards, causing in average 70,000 deaths per year. Can we save lives and reduce damages by providing better discovery and access to data that will improve mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery of disasters?

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is bringing together key stakeholders in the natural hazards disaster communities to advance the emerging Disaster SDI by conducting a study and developing a set of pilots in the coming years.  

The presentation will provide input on the OGC's Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS). During spring and summer 2018, the Disaster CDS will assess the current state of data and product exchange technologies as used in disaster planning, response, and recovery and OGC will publish the results of this analysis. The information gained in the CDS will aid in developing a series of future pilots that will in turn advance the state of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) that support disaster risk reduction across the globe. These pilots will be initiated by a Request For Quotation planned to be released in September 2018. 


Topic Area:  [1.12] Mitigation and management of natural and man-made hazards and disasters
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No
Comments:   disaster, interoperability, data sharing, data access, open standards

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