OGC Newsletter - October 2004
News from the Chicago Meeting
Chicago Industry Day a Success
Website of the Month
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Information processing should be viewed not just as a set of technologies, but also a collection of agreements. Both begin with user requirements. OGC provides an environment and a set of processes for devising new methodologies for interoperability and information sharing. When a set of interoperability requirements is brought to the OGC membership, our consensus processes allow us to process these requirements in a creative way, not to build a product or a piece of software, but to define and test new techniques and solutions for addressing those requirements. New, creative solutions to today's geospatial information sharing issues don't suddenly appear on the market shelf as products. You need to bring your requirements and work with others in a consensus process to create and agree upon the detailed specifications. Making standards is a community process.
In 2001, New York City was one of several cities the EPA was considering for an OGC Web Services testbed to advance sensor web standards. The events of 9/11 and a request from the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DOITT) helped convince EPA that New York City was also a good location for demonstrating information sharing as part of the OGC Web Services (OWS) 1.1 test bed. The EPA turned to OGC for help in establishing a consistent set of methods, rules and procedures to help them integrate and share the massive amount of information collected through environmental sensor networks in New York City and also nationwide. EPA contributed their requirements to OWS 1.1, and OWS 1.1 requirements helped shape the draft Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) specifications as well as OGC's specifications for Catalog Services, the Web Coverage Service, and the Coverage Portrayal Service. All these specifications are industry agreements about standard methods, rules and procedures for information sharing and processing.
A consortium process is a powerful agent for progress. As evidence, look at the technical diversity of adopted OGC standards and our members' recent work with Sensor Web Enablement, digital rights management and geospatial semantic translation. No other organization has been so successful at tackling such a broad range of problems involving institutional and market needs for geospatial information technology integration. Addressing an organization's, such as EPA's, few specific needs typically results in increased value for a much broader collection of information communities or market sectors. EPA's priming of SWE, for example, has significant value to utilities/SCADA, Earth observation, critical infrastructure and homeland security, plant security, emergency response, natural sciences, weather prediction and warning and other areas of activity. One thing leads to another quite logically, leading OGC to expand its scope to address the world's full range of geospatial interoperability and information sharing requirements.
NEWS FROM THE CHICAGO MEETING
The OGC Technical and Planning Committees (TC, PC) met in Chicago during the week of September 13th. The meetings were sponsored by NAVTEQ. The following key decisions were made:
1. Several potential OGC Interoperability Experiments (IE) were identified. The three suggested experiments include a Sensor Alert Interoperability Experiment, a Geoprocessing Services Interoperability Experiment, and a GML-in-JPEG2000 Interoperability Experiment. Teams are in the process of writing and submitting IE proposals to the OGC.
2. The TC approved the formation of the Web Feature Service Working Group and the GeoAPI Working Group.
3. The Geospatial Portal Reference Architecture (OGC 04-039) was approved for release as a public OGC Discussion Paper. OGC is requesting comments on this document from the public.
4. The members approved the document "URN namespace for the Open Geospatial Consortium" (OGC 04-013r4) as a discussion paper. OGC can submit the OGC URN proposal to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as a draft Request For Comment for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) consideration for a reserved OGC namespace.
5. The members approved release of the document "ebRIM Profile of Catalogue Services 2.0 for HTTP Protocol Binding (Catalogue Services for the Web - CSW" (04-017r) as a public OGC Discussion Paper.
6. The members approved release of the document "Geoprocessing Service"
(OGC Document 04-043) as a public OGC Discussion Paper.
The next OGC Technical and Planning Committee meetings will be held in New York City the week of January 17, 2005.
Chief Technology Officer
CHICAGO INDUSTRY DAY A SUCCESS
OGC, NAVTEQ, the Chicago Geospatial Exchange and Stewart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology sponsored an Industry Day event that brought together government, industry and academic experts the geospatial requirements for several topical areas: homeland security, location-based services, and vehicle services. The discussion, held September 13th in Chicago, included current and future direction and expectations for these industry segments. The event focused on the role of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in government deployments, the expectations for the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) and related standards activities underway to advance these technology areas.
Approximately 75 attended the day session. In addition to being an excellent forum for networking and information exchange, this event provided attendees with a unique opportunity to collaborate on the challenges and issues to be faced to mobilize innovative technologies and interoperable solutions to address government, business and consumer needs.
Sam A. Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Adoption Program
OGC members will be presenting a workshop at Interoperability 2004, a conference presented by The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement. The OGC-member panel will give an overview of a standards-based interoperability framework and conduct a live demonstration of its capabilities. The two day conference is October 20 21 in Washington, DC.
The third Emerging Technology Summit (ETS III) has been rescheduled for the spring in Washington, DC. The focus will be "Advancing the Sensor Web." This year's event is sponsored by OGC, GITA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Look for further details in the months to come.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
It's time to head south, just about as far as you can go, to Antarctica. There's an island there called King George Island. Its online GIS is currently hosted at, and coordinated by, the Institut f. Physische Geographie, University Freiburg, Germany. Thirteen layers of data are served up by a server that implements the Web Map Service specification.
The website provides a slick interface with which to explore the data and posts the WMS connection string (http://www.geographie.uni-freiburg.de/cgi-bin/mapserv?map=/web/mapserver/kgis/WMS.map&)
right on the front page for those who want to access the data with a WMS client.
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research's (SCAR) recommended SCAR XXVI-6 document, which was adopted at the XXVIth Meeting of SCAR in Tokyo, July 2000. The recommendation called for efforts to integrate scientific objectives and for collaboration among the nations working on King George Island. The GIS project grew out of that goal. Today, via WMS, data is available to all countries for use in multi-disciplinary applications.
Know of a website that uses OpenGIS specifications to solve a real world problem or demonstrates an interesting use? Drop the editor an e-mail with the details including the URL, organization behind the website, specifications used, technology used and the goal of the website.
adena [at] opengis [dot] org
OGC Web Services (OWS)
The OGC Web Services 2 testbed completed the public side of project activities with a natural resources scenario demonstration on September 2, and a defense scenario presentation on September 23rd. OWS-2 has produced a number of Draft Interoperability Reports (DIPRs) that advance the state of interfaces in several areas: Image Handling for Decision Support Systems, Common Architecture, Information Interoperability and Open Location Services. The DIPRs will be available to members this month. They are not available to non-members at this time.
Work has begun to define the scope of OWS-3. The next sponsor meeting is scheduled November 19th. The Request for Proposal is planned for release in January 2005.
OGC welcomes new members who joined us recently.
ARC Seibersdorf research GmbH (Austria)
City of Phoenix (Arizona, US)
Gosford City Council (Australia)
International University Bremen (Germany)
Parsons Brinckerhoff (US)
OGC IN THE NEWS
- OGC in the Press
Pennsylvania Awarded Federal Information Technology Grant to Enhance Homeland Security Efforts
September 28, 2004
MapInfo Introduces Exponare, A Rapid Deployment Location-Intelligence Solution
September 16, 2004
IBM Releases DB2 Universal Database - Stinger
September 13, 2004
GeoLeaders to Distribute CarbonTools Globally under "No Limits" License
September 14, 2004
- OGC Press Releases
OGC Members Adopt Specification for Catalog Services
September 22, 2004
OGC Interoperability Demo Planned for SPATIAL-TECH 2004
September 21, 2004
October 2-8, 2004
Pallanza (Verbania), Italy
ISO/TC 211 19th Plenary and WG meetings
October 12, 2004
Second Annual Workshop on Web Enabled Modeling and Simulation
2004 Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange Conference
January 17-20, 2005
New York, NY
OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meetings
For further info on events please contact gbuehler [at] opengeospatial [dot] org (Greg Buehler).
Please send comments and suggestions to:
adena [at] opengeospatial [dot] org (Adena Schutzberg)
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