Working Group on Information Systems and Services

WGISS (the Working Group on Information Systems and Services) is a subsidiary body supporting CEOS. WGISS promotes collaboration in the development of systems and services that manage and supply these observatory data.

WGISS creates and demonstrates prototypes supporting CEOS and Group on Earth Observation (GEO) requirements. WGISS also addresses the internal management of EO data, the creation of information systems and the delivery of interoperable services. The activities and expertise of WGISS span the full range of the information life cycle from the requirements and metadata definition for the initial ingestion of satellite data into archives through to the incorporation of derived information into end-user applications.

Webinar 4: The OGC Coverage Standards Suite:  Introduction and Overview

Date: Friday, January 19, 2018   (Thursday, January 18 in Asia and Australia)

Time:   13:00 UTC (8:00 AM US EST).  Click here for your local time

Typically, “Big Data” in the Earth science domain arise from spatio-temporal sensor, image, simulation, and statistics data. The OGC coverage concept represents a unifying model for such data, based on which the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS), as OGC’s “Big Data” standard, provides versatile functionality. Large and growing tool support as well as the massive data offerings existing – such as the Petabyte services of the EarthServer initiative – highlight relevance of these standards. This has prompted further standardization bodies such as ISO and INSPIRE to adopt these standards, too.

In this webinar, Dr Peter Baumann (Managing Director of Rasdaman) will present the coverage data and service definitions and their use for building portals, with special emphasis on spatio-temporal datacubes. Ample room will be available for Q&A.


INPE will host the 45th WGISS meeting during  the week of April  9, 2018 in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. Meeting Website (Registration, Logistics, Documents)

RADI (Institute of Remote Sensing & Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences) hosted the 44th WGISS meeting on September 25, 2017, in Beijing, China. The meeting was of significant interest to CEOS members and focused on the four main domains addressed in WGISS (Data Preservation, Use, Access, and Technology Exploration). A dedicated one-day workshop was organized on Future Data Access and Analysis Architecture, with presentations from different agencies and organizations. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for CEOS members to present their achievements and to share results and lessons learned with other agencies. Meeting Website and Documents

 WGISS Terms of Reference

Working Group on Information Systems and Services Demonstration:

This video demonstrates the search and access of Earth science satellite data across multiple CEOS agencies that make use of a common set of interoperability standards to study an environment issue – the Borneo deforestation.