History of the partnership

OpenIOOS.org has been demonstrating that “standards enable innovation” for several years, thanks to contributions from Ocean Observing Systems (OOSs) around the country.

The first step to creating OpenIOOS.org occurred in the fall of 2003, when GoMOOS (www.gomoos.org) and SEACOOS (www.seacoos.org) deployed the first two OGC-compliant real-time data services that were aggregated and visualized at OpenIOOS.org. Within only a few months, the SOA demo grew to include several more OOSs and over a dozen university, non-profit and federal agency partners, including NOAA, NASA and Navy. Remarkable aspects of the demo include the heterogeneity of the underlying data systems, the highly distributed nature of these systems, and the variety of technologies used to implement the services, which include a combination of Open Source (e.g., University of Minnesota’s MapServer) and commercial (e.g., ESRI) software. Integration and interoperability were achieved quickly and economically thanks to broad adoption of the OGC interface specifications.

The Marine Metadata Interoperability project started in September 2004. After almost two years it comprises more than 300 members, with a web site consisting of thousands of pages with guides and references about marine metadata issues. One of the activities of MMI is an interoperability demonstration using a service-oriented architecture, common use content standards, and semantic mediation via ontologies.

In 2005 MMI, OpenIOOS and SURA SCOOP started working together on a single, combined interoperability test bed activity that combines their programmatic interests of having distributed services and adopting a service-oriented architecture to share real time data. The two interoperability demonstrations were merged in June 2006 under the name of OOSTethys. The combined team set up an initial set of metadata requirements such as geo-spatial location and platform type, and agreed on an interface to serve as a wrapper for each data system.