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 



The 47th WGISS meeting will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland (near Washington DC) and hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the week of April 29, 2019.  

Meeting Website (Registration, Logistics, Documents)

DLR hosted the 46th WGISS meeting during  the week of October 22, 2018 in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

Meeting Website (Agenda, Logistics, Documents)

Webinar 5: Agile Development and the Scaled Agile Framework

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 

Agile practices have proven themselves time and again for small startups and web applications, but at times those practices seem at odds with the discipline and planning required to build large enterprise systems.  In this webinar, we will explore how the Scaled Agile Framework can allow large development teams to meet their users’ needs in a collaborative, agile manner.

Ms. Dana Shum, Raytheon NASA EED2 Software Engineering Manager, presented.

Click here to access the presentation files and recorded webinar.

INPE (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais) hosted the 45th WGISS meeting on April 9-12, 2018, in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. 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 on Future Data Architectures (FDA) and Introduction of Copernicus Data and Information Access System (DIAS), with presentations from different agencies and organizations. Another dedicated one-day session was held jointly with WGCV, to explore opportunities for the two working groups to cooperate, based on the CEOS Work Plan 2018-2020. 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.