Marine Cartography - Working Group & SDI and Standards

Marine Data Acquisition

6203.3 - Working Towards a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) in the Arctic

Thursday, July 6
11:10 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Virginia A

Arctic Regional Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) Working Group
Hydrographic Offices (HOs) have traditionally operated under a product-centric model: creating and maintaining individual, navigational chart products. Of course, these products will remain to support Safety of Navigation (SoN) around the world, but the modern HO is transitioning to a data-centric production environment where a centralized data store can serve any desired output. Consequently, these offices are transforming their original role as a chart provider to a hydrographic data provider. With about 5% of the data housed by the HO ultimately represented on a finished navigational product intended for use by mariners only, these raw hydrographic datasets have an additional potential to contribute to the development of other societal realms (e.g., natural resource exploration, scientific research, fisheries management, emergency management). In order to promote this data to the broader user base, the establishment of a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) is generally accepted as the solution to assist the HO in assisting these new users of HO data.
A MSDI is a framework established at a common level (e.g., national, regional, international) in which people and organizations develop the proper policies/governance to allow marine geospatial data to be released through the harmonization of technical standards and information systems. A MSDI stimulates standardization, management, and interoperability of data to allow its efficient sharing and discoverability across boundaries. Furthermore, it serves as the marine dimension to the broader Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) which may include data from various other geospatial authorities.
In October 2016, Member States (MS) of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC) established a working group under the ARHC named the Arctic Regional MSDI Working Group (ARMSDIWG). The ARMSDIWG is comprised of HO representatives from the ARHC MS that are working towards the implementation of a MSDI for the Arctic through SDI-related activity monitoring in the region, considering policies and data contributions of Arctic maritime authorities, and by working closely with open standards organizations and related projects including the Open Geospatial Consortium Marine Domain Working Group and the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI). The Arctic SDI is an organization of the “8 National Mapping Agencies of the Arctic countries” all operating under a Memorandum of Understanding. In its first year of existence, the ARMSDIWG has been coordinating with the Arctic SDI to explore future areas of collaboration to strengthen the overall SDI for the region.

Sebastian P. Carisio

Lead GEOINT Analyst (Cartography)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Sebastian Carisio, MS is a Lead GEOINT Analyst in the Maritime Safety Office at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Currently, he supports the day-to-day production and tracking operations of both digital and hardcopy nautical charts used to support the United States military and to fulfill international Safety of Navigation obligations. Mr. Carisio also assists in leading the technical improvements developed to enhance the efficiency of NGA’s nautical chart production processes and data management including the accuracy and quality of finished navigational products.
Mr. Carisio is the Vice-Chair and NGA's Strategic Engagement Representative to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures Working Group (MSDIWG), the Chair of the Arctic Regional Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures (MSDI) Working Group under the IHO Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC), and Co-Chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Marine Domain Working Group (DWG).
Mr. Carisio holds a Bachelor of Arts (2009) and Master of Science (2013) in Geography along with a GIS Analyst Graduate Certificate (2010) all from the University of Delaware.


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Lysandros Tsoulos

Professor of Cartography
National Technical University of Athens

Lysandros Tsoulos is professor of Cartography at the Department of Surveying Engineering - National Technical University of Athens [NTUA] (1992-2016). He holds a degree in Surveying engineering from the University of Thessalonica (1972) and a Ph.D. in Cartography from the NTUA (1989). In 1975 he joined the Hellenic Navy Hydrographic Service [HNHS] where he worked for 17 years (Directorate of Cartography and the HNHS Computing Center). In 1992 he was elected member of the faculty at the School of Surveying Engineering - NTUA. Until September 2016 he was director of the NTUA Geomatics Center and the Cartography Laboratory. He has coordinated and managed a number of National and EU research projects. He is the author/co-author of 170 research papers on Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Science published in journals or presented in Conferences. His research interests include cartographic design, composition and generalization, expert systems in cartography, GIS, digital atlases, data and map quality issues and spatial data standards. He teaches Cartography and GIS courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises a number of Masters and Ph.D. theses/dissertations. He is reviewer of papers submitted to international scientific journals and project-research proposals. He is member of the council of the Hellenic Cartographic Society and member of national and international scientific committees [International Board of Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers, Technical Chamber of Greece, etc.].


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