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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Disasters Concept Development Study and Pilot(s) is an OGC Innovation Program initiative sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). This OGC initiative aims to help all disaster stakeholders benefit from improved access to the expanding universe of online disaster-related geographic information.

The emerging Disaster Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), an evolving technical and organizational network of diverse information resources and collaborating players, will play a key role in Disaster Management by providing support to governments, agencies, NGOs, and citizens while preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters.

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gain a better understanding of the full potential of a Disaster SDI that could serve local, national, regional, and international stakeholders. Information gathered and publicly reported by the initiative will expose opportunities to improve spatial data infrastructures for publishing, discovering, assessing, accessing, integrating, aggregating, and analyzing geospatial data. RFI responses will be discussed with an expanded set of sponsoring organizations, which will review information interoperability and integration requirements, and then outline opportunities for a Disaster SDI Pilot planned for later this year.

Responses to the RFI are requested by March 30, 2018. The RFI includes instructions on how organizations can respond to and submit questions about the RFI, available at: http://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/77838. For more information on the Disasters CDS, visit http://go.myogc.org/DisastersCDS or contact techdesk@opengeospatial.org.

To learn more about OGC’s role in Emergency Response and Disaster Management, visit www.opengeospatial.org/domain/eranddm. OGC also runs an Emergency & Disaster Management Domain Working Group: www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/edmdwg.

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