Geospatial to the Edge Interoperability Plugfest

Register to attend the Clarification Q&A Webinar on Dec 18, 2017 11:00 AM EST.

The Geospatial to the Edge Interoperability Plugfest, co-sponsored by Army Geospatial Center and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA/CIO&T) will bring together technology implementers and data providers to advance the interoperability of geospatial products and services based on OGC profiles. The Plugfest will assist tool enhancement and provide guidance to improve the delivery of enterprise geospatial data to end users.  Examples of how end user communities will benefit are:

  • First responders, relief workers and fire fighters preparing for and operating in austere network environments.  
  • Emergency planners and managers supporting hurricane, wildfire, and earthquake preparedness,  relief/response activities and damage assessment.
  • Soldiers/warfighters during planning and executing operations specifically in disconnected, intermittent, and limited network environments.   

What is a plugfest?

A Plugfest is an OGC Innovation Program type of initiative that provides a venue and scenarios to test and validate that software products can interoperate with other products implementing the same standards. In a Plugfest sponsors and technology implementers come together in a collaborative agile process to solve geospatial challenges.

What is a profile?

An OGC profile is a subset of a standard that helps better share information within a community of interest. A profile is a specification that imposes additional constraints on an existing standard to make that standard more focused to the needs of the user community. A profile can also be extended to offer specialized functionality, for example, make previously optional capabilities mandatory, or define extensions where permitted by the base standard. 

The profiles that are planned to be used in this activity include: raster and vector NSG GeoPackages, NSG WMTS, NSG WMS, and maybe NSG WFS.

 

Benefits of Participation

Participating in this plugfest offers commercial vendors and open source projects significant national (and international) exposure to the GEOINT community, as well as geospatial technology purchasers in general. 

The Plugfest is a prime opportunity for software vendors to cooperatively test and refine services, interfaces and protocols in the context of a hands-on engineering experience that raises the visibility of all participants. The Plugfest also calls attention to the importance and availability of interoperability while using community profiles based on open standards. This initiative is designed to increase particular client-server interoperability capabilities in a way that leverages and contributes to interoperable geospatial services across different communities.

Draft Schedule 

 

Date Event
November 21, 2017 Call for Participation (CFP) Release
December 18 2017 Clarification Q&A Webinar (Open to anyone) 
January 8, 2018 CFP Proposal Submission Deadline
January 22, 2018 Selected Participants get Notified
March 6, 2018 Participants Kickoff (pre-sprint clarification open to registered participants)
April 20, 2018 Data and Servers Ready for Sprint 1
April 23 - 27, 2018 Sprint 1 - Clients Testing
May 25, 2018 Interim call
June 22, 2018 Interim call
July 20, 2018 Data and Servers Ready for Sprint 2
July 23 - 27, 2018 Sprint 2
Aug 31, 2018 Report Submitted (for OGC TC for public release approval)

The Call for Participation provides more details about this initiative.

For more information contact Luis Bermudez, Executive Director Innovation Program (lbermudez at opengeospatial.org)