GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP)


GEOSS will achieve comprehensive, coordinated and sustained observations of the Earth system, in order to improve monitoring of the state of the Earth, increase understanding of Earth processes, and enhance prediction of the behavior of the Earth system. Information about GEOSS. 

OGC is involved in GEOSS in several ways:

  • OGC is a Participating Organization in GEO
  • OGC leads the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP)
  • OGC is a co-lead of the GEO Standards and Interoperability Forum (SIF)
  • OGC was a member of GIGAS Consortium
  • OGC was a lead in organization in a series of GEOSS Workshops

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations. It provides a framework within which these partners can develop new projects and coordinate their strategies and investments. GEO is composed of national governments and the European Commission as GEO Members and intergovernmental, international, and regional organizations with a mandate in Earth observation or related issues as Participating Organizations.

In January 2005, the OGC resolved to participate in GEO. In February 2005, OGC was identified as a Participating Organization in GEO.

GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot

The GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) develops and deploys new process and infrastructure components for the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and the broader GEOSS architecture.  OGC leads the AIP using the OGC Interoperability Program policy and procedures.
AIP is part of Task IN-05 in the GEO Work Plan.

  • AIP-5 Results.  OGC activities in AIP-5 are sponsored by USGS and EC-EO2HEAVEN
  • AIP-4 Results.   OGC activities in AIP-4 were sponsored by USGS, NASA, EC-EO2HEAVEN, Northrop Grumman, ERDAS
  • AIP-3 Results.   OGC activities in AIP-3 were sponsored by USGS, NASA, EC-GIGAS, Northrop Grumman, ERDAS
  • AIP-2 Results.   OGC Activities in AIP-2 were sponsored by USGS, ESA, European Commission (GIGAS), ERDAS, Northrop Grumman.
  • AIP-1 Results.   OGC Activities in AIP-1 and FedEO pilot were sponsored by USGS and ESA

See OGC Network for the activities of AIP.

GEO Standards and Interoperability Forum (SIF)

The GEO Architecture and Data Committee (ADC) established a Standards and Interoperability Forum (SIF) to facilitate the interchange of information and the development of recommendations for standards and interoperability in GEOSS. The SIF will also oversee the Standards and Interoperability Registry. The purpose of the SIF is to provide advice, expertise and impartial guidance on issues relating to standards and interoperability for GEOSS. The goal of the SIF is to enable ever greater degrees of interoperability among GEOSS components through facilitation, technical analysis, advocacy and education. The SIF is composed of experts nominated by GEO Members and Participating Organizations, and will also draw on subject matter experts globally to support its objectives and goals.

IEEE and OGC are co-leads of the GEO SIF.

GIGAS Project

The GEOSS INSPIRE and GMES an Action in Support (GIGAS) promotes the coherent and interoperable development of the GMES, INSPIRE and GEOSS initiatives through their concerted adoption of standards, protocols, and open architectures.   GIGAS  is a European Commission FP7 project. OGC is a member of the GEOSS project with lead responsibilities for leading the GIGAS efforts regarding GEOSS and OGC.

GEOSS Workshops 

The User and the GEOSS Architecture workshop series was a dialogue for users looking at GEOSS and its benefits to their application area. Participants were  encouraged to ask questions to further their understanding of the information system and the GEOSS approach. Recommendations of the workshops were  made available to the GEO committees. Information about the IEEE/ISPRS/OGC GEOSS workshop series