Dr. David Arctur is a Research Scientist in the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Cockrell School of Engineering, and Research Fellow in the Information School at the University of Texas at Austin. His focus of interest is in interoperability of data and models, and digital preservation of physical samples for geosciences research.

Dr. Arctur also serves as Research/Academic Advocate in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards organization, where he was Director of Interoperability Programs from 2008-2012, managing OGC Web Services Testbed projects. He was involved in OGC standards development since 1996 as a delegate from Laser-Scan and Esri GIS software companies, before joining OGC staff.

Dr. Arctur earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida, and his BS and MS degrees in the study of electrical power systems from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Arctur is a member of AAAS, ACM, GSA, Senior Member of IEEE, and a Life Member of AGU and EGU.

Areas of Expertise

Geographic Information Systems and Database Management Systems, with focus of interest in standards for interoperability of data and models for multidisciplinary geosciences research (water resources, climate, and geohazards in particular). Data and model semantics, and digital preservation of physical samples are crosscutting subthemes of interest.


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Dr. David Arctur is a Research Affiliate-Research Fellow involved in the multidisciplinary Center for Integrated Earth System Science (CIESS).

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