OGC Newsletter - April 2005
GML Days: Call for Papers
In Memory of John Vincent
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The Diversity of Interest in OGC's Sensor Web Symposium
We are pleased to announce that the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has joined OGC, GITA and Oak Ridge National Labs SensorNET as an organizer for the OGC Emerging Technology Summit (ETS III), to be held April 14-15, 2005 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. The focus of ETS III, as most OGC members know, is Sensor Web Enablement.
I encourage readers of the OGC News to visit the ETS III website and read through the list of ETS III panels and speakers. The diversity of expertise represented in these panels validates futurist Paul Saffo's 2002 prediction that "The impact of sensors will be as surprising in the decade ahead as microprocessors were in the 1980s and lasers in the 1990s." (CIO Insight, April 15, 2002). These speakers' expertise spans a wider range of technologies and a wider range of applications than we have ever seen at an OGC event.
It's not hard to see why emergency managers are supporting this event. They have an obvious interest in technology standards that can help to limit uncertainty and risk caused by lack of awareness and communication at times when seconds saved can mean lives saved. Likewise, there's an obvious connection between Sensor Web Enablement and environmental monitoring, disaster mitigation, energy infrastructure management, security monitoring, transportation, weather forecasting and many other areas of activity.
But why would John Krachenfels, Director, Vertical Solutions Group, NEXTEL speak at a Sensor Web event? Because in the future, wireless service provision will be global, full coverage, no drop, low latency, supporting a wide range of services for applications involving voice, data, message, video, World Wide Web, GPS, etc. A significant number of NEXTEL customers will be interested in wireless communications supporting sensor webs, which will become increasingly practical with the advent of new power technologies and new receiving and transmitting technologies. Many Nextel customers are already taking advantage of the J2ME application environment and GPS capabilities in Nextel phones to use them as sensors. But the coming global 4G mobile system will depend most of all on good architecture, and good architecture requires good standards. Otherwise, how can all the pieces work together? Standards are even more imperative when you consider that communication will not only be person to person, machine to person and person to machine, but increasingly machine to machine as well.
One of the speakers, Kang Lee of NIST said, "Sensor networking is getting more and more important. People want to connect sensors together for efficiencies. IEEE 1451 introduced the idea of sensor self-identification, providing sensor location, calibration information and other parameters so systems can self configure. Now we are working with OGC's Sensor Web Enablement team to create a connection between our standards to facilitate seamless passing of information all the way from the sensors to the web applications. As a result, we are broadening the standards-based sensor architecture to serve the community better."
John Schullian, Senior Manager, Accenture, will be speaking. Accenture has done work on a vision of the future they call Reality Online. In this vision, people, products, and even clumps of dirt can have digital identities that share information over networks and use this information to make decisions. This is the world of tiny Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or MEMS. These will be cheap enough to put into ordinary products in the marketplace and robust enough to put into harsh environments. Of course, besides an identity, each will also have a location. Identity, location, control parameters etc. -- all can be quite unknowable in a heterogeneous world without common interfaces for communicating such things, and the world will surely be heterogeneous. Fortunately, many of the essential common interfaces are being developed in OGC's consensus process.
Benga Erinle, Vice President of 3eTI, will speak about the importance of standards in deploying Sensor Network solutions on the web. "For years we've been implementing sensor network solutions for force protection and installation management, often delivering an interactive map view with a real-time sensor overlay. The value of the OGC relationship is that now we can interface easily with more sensors and more middleware, including our middleware already in use by our customer. OGC is affording us the opportunity to implement solutions that will interoperate and scale to a national level."
Interest in ETS III from outside the Consortium is growing each week. I encourage members who have not already registered to register soon. It's going to be a very interesting two days.
GML DAYS: CALL FOR PAPERS
GML Days 2005 is the fourth annual conference on the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) and Web Services for GIS. At GML Days 2005 you can learn about new GML and Web Service Technologies, advances in OGC specifications, and see new products and services in action.
The conference will include keynote speakers, panel sessions, product demonstrations, workshops and educational sessions. Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and are due no latter than April 30, 2005. Please send your abstract to: papers [at] gmldays.com.
Papers are welcome on the following topics:
Processing GML data - schema parsers, object filters
GML and Imagery
GML and Geographic Ontologies
GML Applications (ITS, LBS, Telematics, Resource Management, Oceanography, Geo-Intelligence)
Real World examples and Use Cases
GML and Web Services
Web Service Visualization
Policy Issues and Standardization
IN MEMORY OF JOHN VINCENT
John Vincent, a member of Intergraph's IMGS Group and a veteran participant in the OGC Technical Committee, died of an apparent heart attack on March 31, 2005 after playing volleyball. He was 41 years old.
John had been with Intergraph for over 14 years and was a key member of Intergraph's Mapping Programs team. He was recognized for his dedication to his customers and the company and he was highly respected for his knowledge and his commitment to his work. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues.
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH
NASA hosts the WMS Global Mosaic. It's a Web Map Server for "a high resolution global image mosaic of the earth, produced from more than 7500 individual Landsat7 scenes." The data is from 1999-2003 and contains all nine spectral bands.
The interactive browser provides basic tools and is a nice introduction for those new to Web mapping. Other datasets available include data from MODIS, SRTM, NED they can be accessed from this alternative browser.
Know of a website that uses OpenGIS specifications to solve a real world problem or demonstrates an interesting use? Drop the adena [at] opengeospatial.org (editor) an e-mail with the details including the URL, organization behind the website, specifications used, technology used and the goal of the website.
OGC received 26 responses to the Request for Quotations for OGC Web Services Interoperability Initiative, Phase 3 (OWS-3). OGC staff has met with the initiative sponsors, including BAE Systems, IONIC, GeoConnections (Canada), Lockheed Martin, MAGIC Services Initiative, National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), National Technology Alliance (NTA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NAVTEQ, Questerra, US Geological Survey (USGS) and other organizations, and selected participants. The OWS-3 kickoff meeting is scheduled for April 18-21 at Oracle's facility in Herndon, Virginia. The final demonstration of capabilities is expected October 2005.
OWS-3 participants will work collaboratively to extend and refine existing and draft OpenGIS specifications. The work is organized into these threads:
Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)
Geo-Decision Support Services (GeoDSS)
Geo-Digital Rights Management (GeoDRM)
Open Location Services (OpenLS)
One other topic, the Sensor Alert Service, will also be explored.
For further information about these and other initiatives visit the initiatives website.
For further information contact gpercivall [at] opengeospatial.org (George Percivall), Executive Director, Interoperability Architecture.
OGC welcomes new members who joined us recently.
BBNT Solutions, LLC
Carbon Project (US)
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology (DA-IICT) (India)
Infoterra Ltd. (UK)
Radiance Technologies, Inc. (US)
OGC IN THE NEWS
- OGC in the Press
Carbon Project Releases New Geospatial Web Browser
Mar 14, 2005
OGC Launches Initiative to Support GML Metadata Encoding in JPEG 2000 Image Files
March 11, 2005
Open Geospatial Consortium to Explore Using JPEGs to Display Images on the Web
Mar 11, 2005
Hands-on on an OGC API
Mar 11, 2005
Carbon Project Announces Open Geospatial Development Training
Mar 3, 2005
So Many Standards to Choose From
March 1, 2005
- OGC Press ReleasesSensor Web Symposium Set for April 14-15
March 21, 2005
April 4-7, 2005
OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meetings
April 8, 2005
Earth Observation and Risk Management Workshop (European Space Agency)
April 14-15, 2005
Emerging Technology Summit III: Advancing the Sensor Web
April 16, 2005
8th International Conference for Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI-8)
April 20 - May 6, 2005
Australia (various locations)
Spatial Interoperability Demonstration Project (SIDP) Roadshow
May 26 - 28, 2005
AGILE 2005 Conference
May 30 - June 2
2005 GISPLANET 2005
June 6-9, 2005
Sensors Expo and Conference
June 9-10, 2005
ISO/TC 211 20th Plenary
June 13 - 17, 2005
St John's, Newfoundland, Canada
OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meetings
June 29 - July 1, 2005
11th EC-GI & GIS Workshop, ESDI: Setting the Framework
July 4-15 2005
Fiesole (Florence) Italy
3rd annual Vespucci International Summer School on GI Science
July 6-8, 2005
July 18-22, 2005
Vancouver, British Columbia
GML And Geo-Spatial Web Services Conference 2005
For further info on events please contact gbuehler [at] opengeospatial.org (Greg Buehler).
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adena [at] opengeospatial.org (Adena Schutzberg)
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