The Open Group OSDU® (Open Subsurface Data Universe) Forum is a conglomerate of leading oil and gas companies coming together to discuss how we can transform the complex data and application environment in the industry.
Consisting of industry operators, software application developers, oil and gas service firms, and academic institutions, the OSDU® Forum aims to change the oil and gas subsurface business. It will do so by breaking down information silos, putting data at the center in a new data platform, and stimulating the development of new and innovative applications.
The Open Group® is a global consortium that seeks to enable businesses to do more through technology standards. The OSDU® forum is just one of many in the group. Other notable forums in the group are the Architecture forum (Maintainers of the TOGAF® certification) and IT4IT™, an open standard IT framework that aims to increase IT’s value to the business.
The OSDU® Data Platform is the centerpiece of the OSDU® project. It will collect and store all exploration data, development data, and production data in the same format on the same data platform and provide a well-defined set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that makes it easy for E&P companies to locate and access all relevant subsurface data.
The core principle of the OSDU® Data Platform is to separate data from applications so that it becomes easier to access data, to experiment and innovate, and to improve the efficiency and accuracy of exploration and production processes. The OSDU®, then, represents a significant change in mentality for the E&P industry: We will primarily become data-driven, not applications-driven.
Furthermore, the OSDU® Data Platform will play a critical role in the development of new, innovative, and digital solutions for the E&P industry. By agreeing on and adopting a common open and standards-based data platform, E&P companies can easily share non-differentiating technology that will enable innovative and differentiating digital solutions. Since the OSDU® Data Platform standardizes all available subsurface data, it becomes an ideal arena for building new software and creating innovative applications to benefit the oil and gas industry as a whole.
Cegal and OSDU
Cegal is an active member of the OSDU® Forum and works persistently to create innovative and user-friendly solutions and services for the platform. Our aim is to become the leading vendor-neutral specialist system integrator and digitalization partner for the OSDU® platform.