A New Chapter for Energistics
As you may have seen from our press release, Energistics is about to enter a new chapter in its history. Effective January 1, 2022, Energistics will become an affiliate of The Open Group®. Future standards development will rely on a purely volunteer effort and the current Energistics team will be disbanded at the end of this year. You will doubtless have many questions about this change and how it may impact you as an Energistics member. Hopefully, the information on this page will give you more background to the decision and will help answer some of the questions you may have.
Initially founded as POSC in 1990 and re-named Energistics in 2006, our organization has adapted over the 30 years of its existence to many changes within the upstream industry (see full history here). The dual shocks to the oil & gas industry of 2015 and 2020 brought fresh challenges that demanded affirmative action to ensure continuity for the Energistics community and for the development of the Energistics data standards.
The OSDU™ Forum
The Open Group OSDU Forum, founded in 2018, offers a great opportunity to ensure the future of Energistics. Energistics was invited to join the OSDU Forum in 2018. The OSDU Data Platform will be an industry standard open-source and cloud-based data store with a consistent set of APIs against which applications can be developed. As part of this effort the OSDU Forum is implementing the WITSML™, RESQML™ and PRODML™ standards in the respective Domain Data Management Services (DDMS). It should be noted that just over half of Energistics Contributing and Sustaining Members are currently also members of the ODSU Forum.
Bringing these Two Organizations Together
With the steady increase in synergies between the two organizations, and the many challenges facing the upstream industry, the decision was made to bring both organizations together under the guidance of The Open Group. This has led to a formal agreement, approved by the boards of both organizations, that makes this new governance effective as of January 1, 2022.
Beginning a Transition Period
A transition period will begin August 19, 2021 and will end December 31, 2021. The Energistics staff is readying Energistics for this transition at the organizational level, while work continues among the volunteer contributing experts to deliver on current objectives. Energistics staff will step down at the end of this year. Volunteers from among the membership will take over the organizational tasks with support from The Open Group effective January 1, 2022.
For Current Energistics Contributing Members
Work within the Energistics Special Interests Groups (SIGs) will continue, with the imminent release of ETP v1.2 and the on-going work towards the upcoming releases of RESQML v2.2 in 2021, with PRODML v2.2 and WITSML v2.1 planned for early 2022. During the transition period, Energistics staff will still be there as usual to support this activity and to prepare the organization and its members for the handover.
We encourage our members to join the OSDU Forum in order to continue their participation in the standards development process to ensure that the needs of the upstream industry as a whole are taken into account, as well as addressing the specific requirements of OSDU.
Starting January 1, 2022, Energistics members wanting to continue their participation in the standards development activity will be required first to join The Open Group, selecting the OSDU Forum as part of that process, and then sign up for participation in the Energistics SIGs. Members will pay dues to join The Open Group OSDU Forum, but there will be no additional fees to participate in Energistics.
A webinar was held August 25, 2021, to brief Energistics members about this transition, followed by a question & answer session. This was recorded and can be seen here.
As part of this membership, you are of course also welcome to take part in the work groups and committees of the OSDU Forum. For more information see www.osduforum.org or email Mike Hickey at The Open Group [email protected]
For Current or New OSDU Forum Members
Starting January 1, 2022, you will be able to join one or more Energistics SIGs. This will be an additional benefit of your existing The Open Group OSDU Forum membership at no additional cost. Energistics has a rich history in many domains that are critical to the OSDU Data Platform, such as real-time, subsurface, production, DAS and many other use-cases and data models.
We want to make sure you are well informed. The Energistics website has a host of information on our standards, and you can consult the Energistics University videos to get insights into the standards, how they are developed, how they work and what they are used for. The OSDU Forum website has information on the organization and its processes. OSDU Forum members have access to the OSDU Forum Plato Collaboration Portal, as well as a community Gitlab.
We are Still Here to Help!
See below the FAQ list we have put together. Hopefully, it will answer most of your questions. If you have further questions, concerns or comments, feel free to email us at [email protected]
PR Newswire will send out an official press release August 19, 2021
Find more information on the participation of the Energistics community in the OSDU Forum on our OSDU Forum web page