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The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures (MSDI) working group met for a series of meetings and symposiums in Busan, South Korea from March 4th and 5th 2019.

It was the 10th MSDI WG meeting, with an excellent hosting by the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency (KHOA), attended by a group of 35 subject matter experts, from all over the world.

The working group is a part of the IHO that discusses the use of hydrographic data beyond navigational charts. Its objective is to identify the Hydrographic Community inputs to the National Spatial Data Infrastructures (NSDI).

The detailed summary and minutes of meetings can be accessed here.


Following the MSDI WG sessions, the OGC Marine Domain working group met on March 6th to discuss standards around MSDI, such as S-102 for Bathymetry and S-121 for Maritime Limits and Boundaries.


From March 7th - 9th the UN GGIM Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information gathered to discuss MSDI towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


These were a successful series of meetings with ArcGIS for Maritime being present in support of their objectives, represented by our very own Rafael Ponce!

Did you know that the US Department of Commerce has a Federal Advisory Committee dedicated to review of hydrographic services since 2003?

The latest meeting of the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) was conducted on March 5-7, 2019 in Washington, DC at the Hall of Nations building, and the public was invited!


The content of these meetings varied, and when in DC, typically involved policy discussions the helped direct the investment of the US federal government to improve marine transportation infrastructure. Such improvements involve dredging, coastal planning, survey and mapping, and vessel safety.

The public got a chance to comment on these issues each day of the meetings!