Open Subsurface Data Universe

The Open Group publishes data sheet for the Shell-backed Open Subsurface Data Universe. Next up is a reference architecture for a cloud-native, API-driven platform for upstream application development.

The Open Subsurface Data Universe (OSDU), a Shell-led initiative from The Open Group has published a data sheet that elaborates on the OSDU’s attempt to ‘transform’ the upstream with a ‘standard data platform for exploration, development, and well data.’ The OSDU was announced last year by Shell CIO Johan Krebbers. Shell seeded the OSDU with several of its own developments that set out to provide a ‘broad, API-driven platform for upstream application development’.

The OSDU Forum is developing a standard data platform for the oil and gas industry, which will reduce silos and ‘put data at the center of the subsurface community’. The OSDU plans to deliver a ‘reference architecture’ for a cloud-native subsurface data platform with initial implementations for Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and the Google Cloud. Application standards will connect the data platform to cloud service providers, software vendors, microservices and proprietary solutions. The common data standards promise ‘frictionless’ integration and data access.

The solution will separate data from applications and will standardize data formats. The Open Group is to ‘involve’ global cloud vendors to build working implementations that will allow companies to ‘focus on the truly differentiating parts of business activities’. The aim is to ‘eliminate data silos and enable seamlessly executed workflows in the cloud from a single portal, taking advantage of powerful cloud-native solutions’.

OSDU operator members currently include Anadarko, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Hess, Marathon Oil, Pandion Energy, Petrobras, Reliance Industries, Shell, Total, and Woodside. Energistics, the upstream data standards body, is listed as one of the 30 or so ‘supplier’ members. More from The Open Group.

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