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Mission Statement and Objectives

  1. The Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium is a group of manufacturers and users dedicated to improving the reliability, utility and cost-effectiveness of hydrographic sensor networks through the adoption, development, and promotion of appropriate standard interfaces and protocols.
  2. The Consortium is open to all manufacturers and users of submersible and water-based sensors.  Fees may be levied from time to time to cover extraordinary costs as they may arise.
  3. The founding members of the Consortium are those who attended the Smart Ocean Sensor Workshop in Charleston, SC, Feb 10-12 2009. 
  4. The founding members elected Neil Cater, Manager of the Ocean Instrumentation program at the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland, as the first Chairman of the Consortium
  5. Members pledge to offer and use instruments that comply with interfaces and standards designated as "consortium approved".
  6. Manufacturing members agree to supply a universal unique identifier (UUID) with each compliant instrument, and will comply with a group-defined interface to retrieve the UUID from the device's serial port.  The Consortium will consider the definition of the UUID supported by the PUCK.
  7. Manufacturing members agree to supply a SensorML description of each compliant instrument. The Consortium will consider the SensorML that is supplied in the PUCK payload if the member's instrument supports PUCK payload. Alternatively the SensorML could be obtained a member's website (keyed to the instrument UUID), or supplied on media (e.g. CDROM) provided with each compliant instrument.
  8. The Consortium will establish a standard driver model interface. The model interface could be based on standards such as IEEE-1451, OGC Sensor Web Enablement, or existing vendor model such as that of RBR Ltd. Once the driver model interface has been standardized, vendors may offer actual driver code that implements the interface, in the language of choice. The driver could be stored as PUCK payload (if PUCK is adopted), obtained at a member's website, or supplied on media provided with the compliant instrument.
  9. This Consortium will work towards a sponsored submission to the Open Geospatial Consortium process as one of its goals for wider acceptance and dissemination.


The Charleston Accord, February 2009

Neil Cater, Consortium Chairman