Geospatial to the Edge Interoperability Plugfest
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:
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.
The Call for Participation provides more details about this initiative.
For more information contact Luis Bermudez, Executive Director Innovation Program (lbermudez at opengeospatial.org)