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Energistics, PPDM, PIDX and others form "Standards Leadership Council"

Friday, March 23, 2012

A standards leadership council has been formed for the oil and gas industry, to try to co-ordinate the activities of the different [data] standards bodies, avoid duplication of work and identify areas where different bodies can work together.

Participating in the opening meeting, were Energistics (Jerry Hubbard), PPDM Association (Trudy Curtis), PIDX (Tony Aming), Open Geospatial Consortium (Mark Reichardt), OPC Foundation (Tom Burke), PODS (Janet Sinclair), POSC Caesar Association (Nils Sandsmark) and MIMOSA (Alan Johnston).

The event was hosted by Baker Hughes, and opened by Clif Triplett, CIO of Baker Hughes. The date was of the meeting was described as 'recent'.

There might be scope for the standards bodies to work together on determining business value metrics for standards adoption, enhancing membership benefits and maintaining financial sustainability.

The council agreed to meet twice a year with the next meeting planned for November 14th and 15th in Oslo, Norway.

There is also a consideration for running industry events to deliver the standards adoption message.

'BP has long advocated strong ties between the standards bodies in our industry," said Rusty Foreman, Global Head of E&P Data Management for BP. "We are pleased to give this alliance our full support, and look forward to the improved clarity and transparency it promises.'

'Hess is delighted to see these Industry Standards organizations working together," said Fred Kunzinger, Senior Manager, E&P Global Data Management for Hess. "As an operating company, it's difficult to comply with standards when there are so many separate organizations creating and driving those standards. We hope that the collaboration brought on by the new SLC will improve our ability to design strategies that use industry standards to their maximum potential."

The founders made the following joint statement:

'Our industry has long expressed an interest in strong collaboration between standards organizations and we believe formation of the SLC is a first step in the right direction. The SLC will focus on sharing information about plans each organization has to develop and publish standards, to identify and build on opportunities to collaborate, and to maximize the standards-based benefits to be realized by the oil and gas industry.'

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