The OGC Innovation Program provides a venue to advance solutions to data challenges through using open standards. In addition to creating new standards, the testbeds provide a unique platform where sponsors can outsource the rapid generation of prototypes and test environments with a number of leading organizations in their field. Testbeds result in more than just new and updated standards: outcomes include guides, overviews, and best practices for solving bleeding edge geospatial problems. Please consult the Testbed 11 Interviews video for a stakeholder perspective.
Over the course of more than 100 initiatives, OGC has helped develop new standards and architectures that have transformed how we share and use geospatial information. From advancing sharing of digital maps over the web (e.g. WMS) to new encodings (e.g. GeoPackage) that are empowering mobile users with powerful geospatial tools.
Testbeds are OGC's biggest initiatives. The last two initiatives average US $3 Million in sponsor funds. The current Testbed (Testbed 13) is sponsored by 12 organizations from 5 countries, and is bringing together more than 100 individuals from 60 organizations.
Continuing the work from previous Testbeds, and looking at how to improve the sharing of geospatial information based on current technology trends, here are some ideas for Testbed 14. Other topics are illustrated in the following figure:
The schedule is presented below. Sponsors interested in funding Testbed 14 must provide ideas by September 30th. Specific deliverables and funding levels in support of Sponsor-Agreement Statements of Work (SOWs) should be completed no later than October 31st.
The next Sponsor's Meeting is scheduled for the Southampton TC Meeting on Wednesday, 13 September. Consult the OGCMeet website for a detailed TC schedule.
If you have any further ideas for this or future testbeds, or if you're just looking for more information, please contact Scott Serich, Director Innovation Programs at sserich (at) opengeospatial.org.