Learn from OOSTethys Experience—OGC Oceans IE Report Released

SOSIn the world of increasing web connectivity, data providers have a variety of options for representing and exchanging point data records from fixed in-situ marine platforms. For some time, OOSTethys experimented with interoperable data services for this purpose, and its companion project the Ocean Sciences Interoperability Experiment (OceansIE) was created to investigate the use of OGC Web Feature Services (WFS) and OGC Sensor Observation Services (SOS).

The recently released Phase I report presents best practices and lessons learned from this investigation.

In short, the use of OGC Sensor Observation Services (SOS) was recommended. By publishing an SOS service instead of a WFS service communities will not be required to create and maintain schemas, and interoperability at the client side is achieved.  For more detailed explanations and discussion, please see the full report.

In addition to this report, the OOSTethys team has developed a set of toolkits to help service providers publish SOS services.  The toolkits are in Java, Perl and Python and follow the best practices detailed in this document. The toolkits and a wide range of other resources are available at http://www.oostethys.org.