Don Sullivan

Don Sullivan

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Don Sullivan 

NASA, Ames Research Center 

Description of work: 

Senior Engineer, NASA Airborne Science Program. 

My duty station is Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, California 

Open Geospatial Consortium 

I've been involved in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) pretty much since its inception in 1994. 

I represent NASA in the Technical Committee and am in my second term elected to the OGC Advisory Board. As the NASA representative to the OGC Technical Committee (TC), I've been involved in Architecture Implementation Pilots, Testbeds and Concept Development Studies, helped fund a few of them, and helped form several working groups as I saw necessary to facilitate NASA meeting its goals. 


INCITS L1 is the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC/211, Geographic Information. 

I chair INCITS L1. 

A large part of my energy of late has focused on harmonizing NASA, ISO, RDA, W3C, ESIP and OGC concepts, and working on consensus definitions that all these communities will accept. As a member of these communities, I have facilitated, and participated in, joint meetings, announcements, panels and workshops. 


I am a senior engineer in the NASA Airborne Science Program and lead the satellite communication and networking group. 

Most recently, I am attempting to cross-engage/harmonize the drone programs of the OGC SWE-IoT SWG, NASA Airborne Science Program, NOAA Uncrewed Maritime Systems, Monterey Bay Research Institute, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), University of Porto (Porto, Portugal), Research Data Alliance Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG, and the ESIP Drone Data Cluster.