June '16 Technical and Planning Committee Meeting - Dublin, Ireland

Monday, 2016-06-20
Friday, 2016-06-24


University College Dublin

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda is now posted.


On-line Registration is now open:

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.


Many people prefer to stay in the city centre and travel out to the university on one of the buses (46A).

Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

This is the nearest hotel and is within walking distance.

There is an OGC room block until 20th May using "OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meeting" as reference.

From 20th until 24th June 2016 at a rate of €180 B&B single and €190 B&B double/twin, cancellation 7 days prior to arrival.

Please note, guests have to contact (reservations.sthelens.dublin [at] radissonblu.com) directly and refer to this conference in order to avail of this rate.

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan – Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin, Ireland

This is hotel is about two miles from the university.

They will provide a free shuttle bus for delegates attending the OGC meeting that will have them here at UCD at an agreed time – approximately 7.45am and return at approximately 6.15pm.

Twenty rooms are reserved at special offer for OGC delegates.

Delegates should cite the following code when booking - OGC2016

The rate is €139BB single occupancy, which includes the shuttle bus to and from UCD.

Double Tree Hotel

This hotel is nearer the city centre and delegates will have use public transport to get to UCD. The bus stops outside the door of the hotel. It is about 20 minutes to UCD on average.

UCD Residence

(summer [at] ucd.ie)

There is a possibility of accommodation on campus as students will have left and the language students will only just be arriving. This should ideally be used by people who can manage a block booking so that a single invoice is issued. Attendees can check directly if preferred.

Local Information and Travel: 

North America Forum - Testbed 11 Demonstration

Wednesday, 2015-10-14
Wednesday, 2015-10-14
Eastern (EST)

U.S. Geological Survey Auditorium, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia. 


OGC North American Forum

Schedule of Meetings: 

October 14, 2015




Registration required, but there is no fee for attending. See this page to register.

Local Information and Travel: 

U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia. 

Webinar Information: 

On October 14th, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) will demonstrate the results of the eleventh OGC Interoperability Testbed. The demonstration is being organized by the OGC North American Forum. The US Geological Survey (USGS) is hosting the event, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the USGS Auditorium in Reston, Virginia.
The OGC North American Forum (NAF), a group of 53 OGC members in North America, addresses OGC standards requirements, OGC program coordination, outreach and education needs of government, academic, research and industry organizations in Canada, US and Mexico. The NAF provides a coordination mechanism to prioritize North American geospatial and location specific interoperability requirements and work towards incorporating these requirements into the OGC standards process.
In December 2014 the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) released a Policy Fact Sheet titled "Harnessing Climate Data to Boost Ecosystem & Water Resilience." The Fact Sheet notes OGC’s commitment to increase open access to climate change information using open standards. Testbed 11, sponsored by an international group of government agencies, is mentioned in the OSTP document.
Testbed 11 supports national climate-change preparedness by focusing on ways in which open standards support cross-community interoperability, urban-climate resilience (preparation for impacts of climate change), and secure exchange of spatial information in the context of the US National Information Exchange Model NIEM.
Nine Testbed 11 sponsors documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this activity. Thirty organizations selected to participate in Testbed 11 then developed solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios described in a Call for Proposals. Participants’ solutions implement existing OGC standards as well as prototypes of possible interface and encoding candidate standards. Some of the prototypes may ultimately become OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.
Testbed 11 Sponsors include government agencies from four countries and the European Union.
Testbed participants tied numerous sponsor requirements together within the Flood / Climate Change scenarios to demonstrate interoperable solutions to meet these goals:

  • Advance OGC Architecture with respect to REST and SOAP design patterns for synchronization of geodata across data stores, as well as storage and synchronization of geodata in GeoPackages;
  • Evaluate approaches to JSON and GeoJSON encodings as well as vector data and image streaming in the OGC standards framework;
  • Integrate high-resolution simulation models into geospatial infrastructures using the OGC Web Processing Service;
  • Advance use of Linked Data and semantic enabling of OGC Web Services, with a special focus on Hydrographic Data;
  • Advance use of OGC Catalog Services;
  • Advance use of spatially-enabled Social Media data;
  • Advance use of a common symbology that can be used to share common operational pictures in an international environment;
  • Advance compliance tests for the OGC Web Feature Service and Catalog 3.0 Service interface standards;
  • In Aviation, advance a Digital Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) validation service and enrichment service and advance use of Aviation Feature Schema (AFX). Also develop guidance on using geometrical constraints in the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR) (an Object Management Group standard).

Those testbed goals sort into these technology threads:

  • Urban-Climate Resilience (UCR) Thread
  • Cross-Community Interoperability (CCI) Thread
  • Aviation Thread
  • Geospatial Enhancements for NIEM (Geo4NIEM) Thread

The demo results have enormous potential for the testbed stakeholders – both technology users and the technology providers – and for the world at large. The return on the shared investment in spatial standards far exceeds the costs, not unlike the return on the original shared investments in http and html.
Some of the Testbed 11 sponsors have already begun assembling interoperability requirements for Testbed 12, which will begin in the fall. The sponsors and the OGC invite other organizations to bring their requirements into the discussion.
Attendance at the OGC Testbed 11 Demo is free, but registration is required. Register athttps://portal.opengeospatial.org/public_ogc/register/1509_tb11.php.
If you want to learn more about the upcoming Testbed 11 demo and/or the upcoming Testbed 12 opportunity, please contact Terry Idol, Director Interoperability Programs (tidol [at] opengeospatial.org) or Dave Beddoe, IGS (Intergraph Government Solutions) (DavidBeddoe [at] IntergraphGovSolutions.com). Learn more about the 15 year old OGC Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned and managed.
Join the OGC North American Forum! The networking, coordination and public exposure provided by the Forum help members maximize the value of their OGC membership. Contact the OGC at info [at] opengeospatial.org.
The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 510 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org/.

OGC requests comment on standard model and encoding for timeseries data

Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 17 September 2015.
Open Date: 
Tue, 08/18/2015
Closing Date: 
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 03:59

Members of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) request comments on proposed OGC standards for the representation of observations as timeseries, that is, a sequence of data values which are ordered in time.

The OGC Timeseries Profile of Observations and Measurements candidate standard is a conceptual model for the representation of observations data as timeseries, with the intent of enabling the exchange of such data sets across information systems. This standard does not define an encoding for the conceptual model, however there is an accompanying OGC candidate standard which defines an XML encoding (OGC TimeseriesML 1.0 - XML Encoding of the Timeseries Profile of Observations and Measurements). Other encodings may be developed in future.


Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] lists.opengeospatial.org (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template


You may wish to be added to the distribution list to receive comments as they are submitted

Subscribing to the the list will also allow you to view comments already received, which can be found in the List Archives.

OGC Requests: 

Sensor Design Considerations for UAS Platforms: A User's Perspective - GeoTech 2015

Wednesday, 2015-09-23
Thursday, 2015-09-24

Interest in UAS has exploded over the past three years. With the assimilation of UAS into the commercial sector, platform and payload manufacturers are hastily scoping out the current and future requirements for sensors suitable for remote sensing and geospatial data creation. To facilitate these developments, the Potomac Region is bringing together the UAS platform and payload community with consumers of data generated using UAS systems for remote sensing at its annual GeoTech 2015 event.

ASPRS is uniquely positioned to help generate requirements from an application point of view, which will then support and assist the technical design direction for UAS-hosted sensors. ASPRS is a credible partner in this endeavor since its mission is to promote the ethical application of active and passive sensors in the disciplines of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. Additionally, ASPRS has developed standards used in the production of digital geospatial data. These include the Accuracy Standards for Aerial Triangulation and Ground Control Points, Vertical Accuracy Standards for Elevation Data, and Horizontal Accuracy Requirements for Elevation Data, among others.

Other important UAS standards include the OGC's Sensor Web Enablement standards. Dr. Scott Serich, Director, Interoperality Programs at OGC and Sam Bacharach, Consultant at WiSC Enterprises, LLC, will lead a technical session at GeoTech, "Data Standards for UAS Sensor Data".

GeoTech 2015 will take place at George Mason University on September 23-24, 2015See Preliminary Schedule.

GeoTech 2015 is bringing together the platform and payload community with consumers of data generated using UAS systems.

UAS Remote Sensing

Planned Topics

  • Platforms
  • Sensors
  • Infrastructure Applications
  • Energy/Resource Applications
  • Environmental Applications
  • Agriculture Applications


  • Technical Breakout Sessions
  • Round Tables
  • Workshops
  • Live Demonstrations
  • Posters
  • Exhibits
  • Networking

Secure online registration for Geotech 2015 is now open. Go here to register http://asprspotomac.org/?p=333


Tuesday, 2015-08-18
Wednesday, 2015-08-19

Intelligent location and smart spatial solutions at GeoNext 2015

  • The GeoNext Conference will return in 2015 on the 19th August, bringing with it fresh innovation and a conference program centred on “Location Information, Intelligent Transport and the Smart City”.

    The GeoNext Conference has a reputation for attracting leading speakers in the geospatial sector, and in 2015 keynotes at the event will include Julian Carver from NZ Capital Strategies and Steven Ramage, of What3Words.

    For the last nine years Julian Carver has led strategies and projects across central and local government agencies, CRIs and Universities, the private sector and NGOs. Julian led the IT and Geospatial strategy for the Christchurch earthquake recovery, is now Venture Partner at NZ Capital Strategies, and will share his experience and key learnings at GeoNext.

    Director of Strategy at What3Words, Steven Ramage, will also join the conference as a keynote. What3Words is a revolutionary mobile application which can pinpoint any location in the world using just three words.

    In response to popular demand, the one day conference will be held in Melbourne at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is a move that will see GeoNext continue to be a forum for cutting edge knowledge, software and hardware in a format where delegates can enjoy in-depth presentations as well as network with industry colleagues.

OGC ANZ Forum Meeting

Tuesday, 2015-08-18
Tuesday, 2015-08-18
Eastern (EST)
Schedule of Meetings: 

OGC ANZ Forum Meeting at GeoNext 15

Hosted by 

The Australia-New Zealand Forum of the Open GeoSpatial Consortium (OGC ANZ Forum) will be meeting prior to this year’s GeoNext conference (http://www.geonext.com.au), on Tuesday 18 August, 2-4 PM at the University of Melbourne.

 This meeting is free and open to OGC members and observers.

 Preliminary Agenda:


2:00 PM

-          Welcome & Introductions

2:10 PM

-          Update on OGC International Activities (Denise McKenzie/Chris Body), including:

  • Recent Technical Committee meeting (Boulder, Colorado)
  • Upcoming TC in Nottingham
  • ISO/OGC Joint Advisory Group

2:30 PM

-          December ’15 Technical Committee Meeting (Sydney, NICTA)

3:00 PM

-          Knowledge/Experience Sharing: 5-minute Member Presentations

3:45 PM

-          Q&A, Discussion

4:00 PM

-          Next Meeting & Close


Places are limited, so if you’d like to attend this meeting please register at 

If you would like to do a 5-minute member presentation please contact maurits.vandervlugt [at] mercuryps.com.au


This ANZ Forum meeting is possible thanks to the generous support from Melbourne University.

We are looking forward to see you at the meeting:

-          Maurits van der Vlugt, ANZ Forum Chair

-          Chris Body, ANZ Forum co-Chair

-          Denise McKenzie, Executive Director, Communications and Outreach, OGC


About the OGC ANZ Forum:  http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/regions/anzforum

About GeoNext:                     http://www.geonext.com.au