Dr Simon Cox

Dr Simon Cox.

Dr Simon Cox: Researching geospatial interoperability standards

Dr Simon Cox's primary research areas include information models and transfer standards for environmental information, spatial data infrastructures, vocabularies and semantic web technologies.

  • 21 February 2011 | Updated 11 June 2013

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Simon Cox is a research scientist in CSIRO Land and Water's Environmental Information Systems research program.

He specialises in distributed architectures and interface standards for environmental data, focusing on geoscience and water.

He leads several international standards activities for the Open Geospatial Consortium and the ISO Geographic Information Technical Committee.


Dr Cox trained in geology and geophysics, starting his research career studying the mechanical properties of rocks in the laboratory.

After a few years lecturing at Monash University in Australia, he joined CSIRO to work on visualisation and information management, doing early work in web-mapping and metadata systems before focusing on geospatial information standards.

In 2009/2010, Dr Cox was based in the Spatial Data Infrastructures Unit at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in northern Italy, working on harmonisation of several international geospatial initiatives around the INSPIRE framework.

Academic qualifications

Dr Cox was recently based at the European JRC, working on harmonisation of several international geospatial initiatives.

Dr Cox has completed a:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences from Cambridge University, UK in 1980
  • Master of Science in Rock Mechanics from London University, UK in 1981
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics from Columbia University, USA in 1987.


Dr Cox is the author of over 30 journal articles and numerous conference papers. He has edited or contributed to over 30 international standards and technical specifications.

He was awarded the:

  • 2013 Leptoukh Lecture Award by the American Geophysical Union
  • 2006 Gardels Medal by the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Professional activities

Dr Cox is a member of the:

  • American Geophysical Union and the European Geosciences Union
  • Australian Government Linked Data Working Group
  • Steering Committee of the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform.

He has served as councillor for the:

  • International Association of Mathematical Geology
  • Commission for Geoscience Information
  • Dublin Core Medata Initiative.

He chairs or co-chairs a number of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and ISO/TC 211 working groups, is chair of the OGC Naming Authority, and currently serves on the OGC Architecture Board.

He was editor of ISO 19156 (Observations and Measurements) and is currently editting ISO 19109 (Rules for Application Schema).

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