OGC Announces Request for Proposals/Call for Participation in the Emergency Mapping Symbology Initiative

Mark Reichardt Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open GIS Consortium, Inc tel: +1-301-840-1361
Thursday, 20 November 2003 UTC
Wayland, MA, November 20, 2003 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is issuing a Request for Quotations and a Call For Participation in the Emergency Mapping Symbology (EMS) Initiative. This call seeks interested technology providers to make proposals in response to a defined set of requirements addressing interoperability needs for the use of symbology in emergency mapping. The EMS Initiative will mature OGC's specification framework for interoperable geographic symbolization while simultaneously testing emerging standard map symbol sets for emergency response developed by national-level agencies. The Call document is available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/initiatives/?iid=87 . Participants will be addressing sponsor requirements including the development of a client for publishing, managing, and previewing particular symbolization configurations, testing the assignment of symbols to particular feature types from a feature level data store, testing and enhancement of the Style Layer Descriptor (SLD) Implementation Specification and its use in Web Mapping Service implementations to support the portrayal specified symbol sets, and testing and enhancing the Style Management Services Specification (SMS). EMS is an opportunity for vendors, users, and other interested parties to mutually define services, interfaces and protocols in the context of a hands-on engineering experience, resulting in Interoperability Program Reports. This initiative is expected to help shape the future of interoperable technology to meet Emergency Management and Response requirements. Sponsors have provided cost-sharing funds to partially offset development costs associated with this initiative. Proposals are due by December 16, 2003. OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 255 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS(R) Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org . OpenGISĀ® is a registered trademark of Open GIS Consortium, Inc. -- end --