Using OGC API standards for marine data delivery : MEDIN Pilot Project

Blackburn, Colin; Lewis, Edward ORCID:; Mowat, Mary; Nayembil, Martin; Richardson, Anne; Stevenson, John. 2023 Using OGC API standards for marine data delivery : MEDIN Pilot Project. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 28pp. (OR/22/079) (Unpublished)

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This report is the published product of a pilot project by the British Geological Survey (BGS), commissioned by Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) to investigate the implementation of the OGC API – Environmental Data Retrieval (OGC API – EDR) standard to deliver data externally from the MEDIN Geology and Geophysics Data Archive Centre (DAC). The report details the method and technologies used in the attempt to deliver BGS DAC data using the OGC API – EDR standard. This report could be used as an OGC API implementation guide for other DACs and as guidance on contributing to existing Open-Source projects. The report also detail aspects of the OGC API – EDR that made it inappropriate to use for some marine environmental data, and any areas where the standard was ambiguous or challenging to implement. Also included are recommendations on how well the OGC API – EDR can support direct access to data for MEDIN, including which data types/formats can be supported. BGS did not have sufficient resource to deliver an OGC API – EDR endpoint at the completion of the project but did implement OGC API – Features with Common Query Language (CQL) endpoint which offers similar functionality but uses different syntax. OGC API – Features + CQL was meant to be an intermediary step to delivering OGC API – EDR. BGS were unable to deliver OGCI – EDR as after spending time exploring the standard in depth it was shown to be more complex than anticipated. However, through the process of this endeavour we have made incremental steps forward towards EDR, and we were able to make a major contribution to an Open-Source Project which will benefit many geospatial data publishers and users.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed.
Date made live: 16 Jun 2023 13:08 +0 (UTC)

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