OGC Calls for Participation in Major Innovation Testbed (Testbed 14)
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OGC’s 14th Testbed aims to explore new levels of interoperable geospatial data processing using core Web principles
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites interested organizations to respond to the Call for Participation (CFP) in the OGC Testbed 14 Interoperability Testbed.
Organizations selected to participate in Testbed 14 will develop prototype solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios. These are described in detail in the CFP. Participants’ prototype solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in Testbed 14. Prototype specifications may ultimately become official, member approved OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.
Testbed 14 requirements, use cases, and cost-sharing funding are provided by testbed Sponsors, which include:
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
- European space Agency (ESA) / CGI
- European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
- Ordnance Survey Great Britain (OS)
- US Geological Survey (USGS)
- US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
... as well as additional Sponsors.
The sponsors’ requirements have been organized into the following technical threads:
- CITE: Compliance
- EOC: Earth Observation & Clouds
- MoPoQ: Modeling, Portrayal, and Quality of Service
- NextGen: Next Generation Services
OGC testbeds are part of OGC's Innovation Program, a global, hands-on, collaborative prototyping program designed to rapidly develop, test, innovate, and deliver proven candidate standards into OGC's standards program, where they are formalized for public release.
In OGC's Interoperability Initiatives, international teams of technology providers work together to solve specific geoprocessing interoperability problems posed by the Initiative Sponsors. OGC Interoperability Initiatives include testbeds, pilot projects, interoperability experiments, and interoperability support services – all designed to encourage rapid development and mobilization of OGC standards
This cutting-edge standards work has enormous potential and value for testbed stakeholders – both technology users and technology providers alike. Shared investment in spatial standard prototype solutions brings improved sharing and integration of spatial information, which has widespread and longstanding value for the Testbed sponsors and society at large. Technology providers gain market exposure, market intelligence, and a chance to quickly take advantage of the business opportunities that arise with the introduction of new standards and associated technical capabilities.
Anyone interested in learning more about, or participating in, Testbed 14 should contact Scott Serich, Director Innovation Programs (techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org). See www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip for more information about the Innovation Program in which OGC Testbeds, Pilot Projects, and Interoperability Experiments are organized, planned, and managed.
Further information regarding Testbed 14 is available at www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/testbed14. The CFP (including the deadline for responses) is available at www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/160.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that ‘geo-enable’ the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful within any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org.