OGC and Fraunhofer IOSB Workshop at ISCRAM 2015: Geospatial ICT Support for Crisis Management and Response

Sunday, 2015-05-24
Sunday, 2015-05-24

The ISCRAM 2015 conference, 24-27 May in Kristiansand, Norway, will provide a platform that stimulates discussions and strives to find answers that enable the design of information systems for better crisis and emergency management. 

AT ISCRAM 2015, the OGC and Fraunhofer IOSB workshop, Geospatial ICT Support for Crisis Management and Response, will be held on the afternoon of May 24, 2015.

Call for participation

Efficient crisis response and management requires well-informed actors and stakeholders and effective means for communication and policy enforcement. A secure and dependable geospatial information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure may be an indispensable aid if it is tailored to the needs of the respective risk and crisis management phases and the various users.

During an ISCRAM 2015 workshop experts of the risk and crisis management community will meet software architects and engineers of the geospatial domain. It shall launch a discussion forum between ISCRAM and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), especially its Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) domain working group.

You are invited to contribute to this workshop by providing a one page scenario description out of the crisis and response management domain which will finally be entered into a use case server at according to a pre-defined template. The scenario shall be written from a user’s and/or stakeholder’s point of view, but motivate and claim an urgent and challenging need for geospatial ICT support exceeding current capabilities in terms of functionality or quality. Furthermore, the scenario shall identify the actors, their roles, the geographic and temporal scope as well as the type of disaster.

A maximum of five authors will be selected to present and discuss their scenario at the workshop. ICT experts of the geospatial domain will present existing service and data model capabilities. A facilitated discussion will identify the requirements and map them to future ICT capabilities in the light of emerging technological trends.

Interested representatives of both communities may participate to the workshop also without submission of a scenario.

The deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2015

Please plan to attend, and send your scenarios to the workshop co-chairs:

Dr. Thomas Usländer, Fraunhofer IOSB
Head of Department Information Management and Production Control (ILT)  
thomas.uslaender [at] iosb.fraunhofer.de

Dr. Ingo Simonis, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Director of Interoperability Programs and Science
isimonis [at] opengeospatial.org

W3C and OGC to Collaborate to Integrate Spatial Data on the Web

Release Date: 

6 January 2015 — The W3C and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced today a new collaboration to improve interoperability and integration of spatial data on the Web. Spatial data —describing geographic locations on the earth and natural and constructed features— enriches location-based consumer services, online maps, journalism, scientific research, government administration, the Internet of Things, and many other applications.

OGC seeks public comment on KML 2.3 standard

Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 18 January 2015.
Open Date: 
Fri, 12/19/2014
Closing Date: 
Sun, 01/18/2015 - 05:00

The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC KML 2.3 Standard.

KML is an XML grammar used to encode representations of places and objects for display in an earth browser, such as a 3D virtual globe, 2D web browser application, or 2D mobile application. KML can be used to accomplish various map and Earth image functions, such as: annotate places, specify icons and labels to identify geographic locations, create different camera positions to define unique views for KML features, define image overlays to attach to map views, and define the location and orientation of textured 3D objects.

The main KML enhancements provided in version 2.3 are:

  1. Addition of a new feature, KML Tour, which enables a user to specify aspects of a controlled virtual flight through a series of geographic locations, including speed, mode of flight (smooth or bounce), sound tracks and how KML features are updated throughout the tour.

  2. Addition of new geometries: Track and MultiTrack. A KML Track can capture and display the path and other aspects of  a moving object over a specified period of time.

  3. Enhancements to KML’s Extension Mechanism, allowing for the direct use of XML content from third-party schemas. KML 2.3 is now based on XML Schema 1.1 enabling Aauthors of KML Application Profile extensions are now able to experimentally add foreign element and attribute content interleaved among existing KML elements.

The documents for the candidate OGC KML 2.3 Standard are available for review and comment below.  Comments are due by 18 January, 2015.


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


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The OGC honors Cliff Kottman.

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Cliff Kottman was one of the visionaries who helped conceive the Open Geospatial Consortium in the early 1990s. He was brilliant, creative, and deeply analytic as well as being a wise and engaging teacher. Cliff served as OGC's Vice President for Technology Development and Chief Scientist from 1997 until 2003.