OGC Testbed-16

Testbed-16 Call for Sponsors

The Testbed-16 Call for Sponsors has been issued. Anybody wishing to learn more about this initiative, or about the OGC Interoperability Program in general, can send an email to techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org or visit the OGC Innovation Program page. Additional information is provided below.

Innovation Program Sponsors Luncheon

Interested parties are invited to join the Innovation Program Sponsors Luncheon taking place at noon (local time) on Wednesday, 26 June at the upcoming Leuven TC Meeting.

Testbed-16 Background Information

Testbeds are OGC's largest interoperability initiatives, typically receiving several million dollars of sponsorship and in-kind contributions. Testbeds are part of OGC’s Innovation Program, which provides a venue to advance standards-based solutions for modeling, finding, accessing, analyzing, and visualizing location-related data.

OGC Testbeds provide a unique platform where sponsors work closely with technology providers to rapidly generate prototypes and test environments that address mission-critical geospatial information integration and interoperability requirements. Testbeds result in more than just requirements for new and updated standards: outcomes also include guides, overviews, and best practices for solving critical interoperability problems affecting location-based technologies.

Based on technology trends, and building on the work from previous Testbeds, below are some preliminary areas that Testbed 16 may examine:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies, including Blockchain
  • OGC Web API Interfaces
  • OGC GeoPackage
  • Workflows on Hybrid Cloud Environments
  • Application Containers, such as Docker
  • GeoSemantics and Linked Data
  • Tiled Feature Data, including Vector Tiles
  • Security 
  • GeoHealth
  • Smart Cities 
  • OGC MapML Specification
  • Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS)
  • Data Cubes
  • Unmanned Systems

More areas of interest can be found at the OGC ideas repository on GitHub.

Sponsoring a Testbed has great benefits:.

  • Sponsors advance solutions that can provide global benefit, such as the use of OGC standards in disaster management and response;
  • Sponsors influence the technology, advancing standards and tools that will be available worldwide;
  • Sponsors will get early insight into a particular technology or solution from a team of experts; and
  • Sponsors, as a pool, come together and can fund a more robust prototype (e.g. more servers and clients) while complementing their requirements with other sponsor's requirements.

A high-levele overview of the Testbed-16 schedule is presented below.