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The geoscience standards factory : the successful experience of IUGS/CGI and OGC

Zhang Minghua
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Matthew Harrison
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Standards are compulsory to develop data sharing in for research communities as well as in the production of reference data for public or commercial use. The development of standards that will serve the users and have the possibility to evolve according to the evolution of technologies and users needs is a mission that requires a very professional process to guarantee the involvement of the stakeholders (final users, developers, scientists, technology experts…). Moreover it is of upmost importance not to reinvent the wheel and well evaluate the current landscape of existing standards. In the geoscience domain, important developments and achievements have been realized in the last two decades, in particular through the IUGS/CGI working groups and the OGC. The development of standards requires processes that have been developed and regularly updated and developed in the OGC, and have demonstrated their ability to capture the interoperability requirements, validate the solutions through interoperability experiments, certify the efficiency of the new standards through open source and commercial implementations, and follow common practices the maintenance of the standards. OGC and IUGS/CGI have created a joint working group named "Geoscience Domain Working Group", whose mission is to facilitate the collection of requirements, evaluate the existing standards (and possibly the lack of standards) and propose the update or development of standards. The CGI (Commission for the Management And Application of Geoscience Information) is the IUGS Commission whose mission is to foster the interoperability and exchange of geoscience information, by active community leadership, collaboration, education, and the development and promotion of geoscience information standards and best practice.
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hal-02265368 , version 1 (27-01-2022)


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François Robida, Zhang Minghua, Matthew Harrison, Mickaël Beaufils. The geoscience standards factory : the successful experience of IUGS/CGI and OGC. Conference CODATA 2019 - Towards next-generation data-driven science: policies, practices and platforms, Sep 2019, Beijing, China. ⟨hal-02265368⟩


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