Join the OGC Open Science Persistent Demonstrator initiative to accelerate innovation

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites bids for participation in its Open Science Persistent Demonstrator (OSPD) initiative, a long-term strategic ESA-NASA inter-agency initiative aiming to revolutionize collaborative open science. The initiative spans three phases, with the first phase set to launch in early 2024.

Collaborative open science plays a pivotal role in addressing complex challenges by fostering integrity and cross-domain integration. However, connecting workflows, processes, and data flows across various domains and sectors remains a technical and resource-intensive hurdle, impeding progress. Organizations aspire to demonstrate accountability but often lack the tools to effect change. The OGC OSPD is here to change that.

The OSPD initiative delivers a wide array of benefits to its stakeholders, ranging from providing a framework for innovation allowing the testing of new platforms and prototypes before adoption by organizations, to supporting users via an integrated educational program to connecting cross-discipline scientists and decision-makers.

The OSPD is issuing a Call for Participation (CFP) inviting organizations and individuals to join this multi-year project.

Participants in the OSPD initiative can expect:

  • Access to funded research & development: engagement in funded research and development activities.
  • Reduced development costs: reduction of development costs, risks, and lead times for new products or solutions.
  • Close relationships: building close relationships with potential customers.
  • Competitive advantage: gaining a competitive edge in the geospatial innovation landscape.
  • Influence on global solutions: shaping the development of global solutions and standards.
  • Partnership opportunities: exploring partnership opportunities within the expert community.


How to Participate:

The OSPD initiative is open to organizations and individuals active in geospatial data, technologies, and systems. You don’t need to be an OGC member to propose participation, but selected participants must become members to ensure equal access to project tools and documentation. You can participate by providing technical expertise, sharing use cases, or contributing data and tools.

The OSPD Initiative addresses critical questions in collaborative open science, aiming to enhance integration across platforms, lower barriers for end users, enable collaboration between stakeholders, empower organizations to demonstrate accountability, simplify data and platform connections, and address geospatial and earth observation challenges.


Key Dates:

  • October 2023: Call for Participation (CFP) Release
  • November 2023: Bidders Q&A Webinar
  • December 1, 2023, @11:59 PM AoE: Deadline for proposal submissions
  • January 2024: Kick-off meeting
  • September 2024: Open Science Persistent Demonstrator ER and presentations

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the future of collaborative open science in geospatial and Earth observation. Join the OGC OSPD Initiative and be at the forefront of innovation.

For more information on how to participate and to access the full details of the initiative, please visit OGC OSPD Initiative.

For inquiries and proposals, contact the OGC Initiative Team at