Training workshop – Interoperability technologies for sharing ocean instruments and real-time data

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With this workshop we will engage with the community to further demonstrate, in the field, new interoperability tools that have been developed and field-tested for ocean sensor and real-time data sharing. These software and firmware tools have been implemented on different platforms and sensors. They are available open-source and now require substantially less engineering time than in the past. The training will also help those interested in participating in an interoperability experiment in the field, with the Atlantic Ocean as a region of interest and deployment, in the framework of AtlantOS and EMSO ERIC. The workshop and training will take place during the Oceanology International 2018 conference to facilitate industry participation. The workshop is open to ocean scientists, engineers and technicians dealing with in-situ sensor and observing systems, from academia or industry. These participants will benefit from direct experience with the latest interoperability technologies. 


  • Eric Delory, PLOCAN, Spain
  • Jay Pearlman, IEEE France
  • Paola Materia, EMSO ERIC

Morning session

09h00 – 11h00 – Background: interoperability tools and initiatives

Moderators: Eric Delory & Jay Pearlman

Introduction, General considerations


Introduction, value proposition and technological maturity

Jay Pearlman (IEEE) & Eric Delory (PLOCAN, Spain)

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Sensor Web interoperability

OGC SWE technologies for real-time data sharing, NeXOS project

Simon Jirka, (52North, Germany)

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Sensor interoperability

Unique Sensor IDs and sensor catalogs, SenseOcean project

Justin Buck, (BODC, UK)

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OGC PUCK for sensor interoperability, NeXOS project

Joaquin del Rio, Dan Toma, Enoc Martinez, (UPC, Spain)

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Related projects and Initiatives



Dick Schaap (MARIS, Netherlands)

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Interoperability in the BRIDGES project

Ehsan Abdi & Dan Hayes, Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services

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10h30 -10h45

EnvriPLUS – Research Infrastructure perspective in sensor interoperability

Laurent Delauney (Ifremer, France)

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10h45-11h00 Coffee break (offered on-site)

11h00 12h30 EMSO EGIM Technology Workshop

Showcase of the EGIM technology to potential users of the equipment, including interoperability aspects

Chair: Paola Materia


EMSO ERIC introduction 

Juanjo Danobeitia, Dir. Gen. EMSO ERIC

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Overview of EGIM: rationale, concept, future deployments

Henry Ruhl, NOC, UK

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EGIM design and prototype

Bertrand Moreau, Jerome Blandin, Ifremer, France

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EGIM deployment at OBSEA: data acquisition from underwater sensors

Joaquin Del Rio, UPC, Spain

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EMSO Data Management Platform

Pasquale Andriani, Engineering ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Italy

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Setting up an active forum between industries and EMSO ERIC

Nick O’Neill SLR

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 12h20-12h30 Open Ocean Observatories Yellow Pages 

Claudia Viegas

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12h30-13h00    Industry feedback


Diarmuid O’Conchubhair (MI, Ireland), Henry Ruhl (NOC) and Nick O Neill (SLR)

13h00-14h00 Lunch Break (light-lunch offered on-site)

Afternoon session

Interoperability experiments and field activities
14h00 14h30 EMSO Transnational Access  

EMSO Regional Facilities as test beds for industrial equipment, methods or services. Introduction to TNA also (high-level details for each node)

Henry Ruhl (NOC)

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14h30 15h00 AtlantOS Interoperability Experiment

Platforms and support available at PLOCAN EMSO site for AtlantOS Demo

Carlos Barrera & Eric Delory, PLOCAN, Spain

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Participate – Mission template

15h00-15h30 Industry feedback


Henry Ruhl (NOC)

15h30-16h00 Plans, AoB, Closing


Jay Pearlman (IEEE) and Eric Delory (PLOCAN, Spain)

16h00  Adjourn  


Main sponsors: AtlantOS (WP6), EMSO ERIC

Contributing Consortia & Initiatives: NeXOS, SenseOcean, SeaDataNet, EnvriPLUS, BRIDGES, ODIP II, EMODNET, EMSODev


You can pre-register by sending an e-mail to with subject:

OI2018 interoperability workshop registration”, indicating morning and / or afternoon session in the text.  Please also include your organization, your position in the organization and your phone number.

Registration is free, on a first come first serve basis and will remain open until seats are filled. Pre-registered persons will have priority over on-site registration (see below).

Additional notes

Come and visit us on-site on our OI 2018 ICT Expo area pod for more information and on-site registration.

Private meeting opportunities, talk to us at our pod (R201) in the OI 2018 ICT Expo area

The outcomes of the workshop will be made available on the AtlantOS and EMSO-ERIC websites.


Thanks to Daniel Alcaraz  (PLOCAN) and Paola Materia (EMSO-ERIC) for their support in organising the event.

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