Testbed 14

OGC Testbed-14

The ongoing Testbed-14 Innovation Program activity explores a large variety of geospatial data modeling, access, exchange, processing, and visualisation aspects. More than 200 experts address research questions, prototype services and solutions, and develop guidelines and best practices in 15 different themes as listed below.

OGC Testbeds are the largest OGC Innovation Program activities. The OGC Innovation Program (OGC IP) provides global, hands-on, collaborative prototyping for rapid development and delivery of geospatial IT solutions. All results are publicly available once approved by the OGC Technical Committee. Testbeds provide a unique platform where sponsors can outsource the rapid generation of prototypes and test environments with a number of leading organizations in their field. Testbeds result in more than just new and updated standards: outcomes include guides, overviews, and best practices for solving leading-edge geospatial problems.

Testbed-14 addresses challenges in the following domains:

  • Machine Learning, Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence: exploring AI in standardised environments
  • Next generation OGC web services & Web APIs: OpenAPI data access
  • Exploitation platforms and Big Data cloud processing: Application handling close to Big Data
  • Information registries & semantic enablement: Strong semantics in distributed environments
  • Federated clouds: Accessing services and data across clouds
  • Security & secure workflows: Authorisation mediation across platforms
  • Complex feature handling: Complex data structures at Web interfaces
  • Swath data encodings as coverages: Opening the full potential of satellite data
  • Application schema modeling and conversion
  • LiDAR point cloud data handling
  • CityGML and augmented reality
  • Portrayal: Enhanced visualization of geospatial data
  • MapML: Native map support in browsers
  • Quality of service & experience: How to find the best services offering
  • Compliance and interoperability testing.

Call for Participation and Last-Minute In-Kind Contributions

The Testbed 14 Call for Participation (CFP) ("Part 1 CFP") closed in January, 2018, but offers of in-kind contributions on a best-effort basis (i.e., not under any Participation Agreement contract) will still be considered. As stated in the CFP General Proposal Submission Guidelines, any additional in-kind scope should be offered outside the formal bidding process, where an independent determination can be made as to whether it should be included in Testbed scope or not. More information can be found in the solicitation document.

The Testbed-14 Kickoff Event took place in April, 2018 at the USGS National Center in Reston, Virginia. Information regarding the WFS 3.0 Hackathon, which fed results into Testbed 14. is also available.

Please visit the European Space Agency EMITS site for the Invitation to Tender pack ("Part 2 ITT"). Each solicitation stands on its own, and there is no need to refer to the Part 1 CFP part in order to formulate a response to the Part 2 ITT part.

Background

The OGC Innovation Program provides a venue for using initiatives to advance solutions to data challenges through using open standards. Testbeds are OGC's largest initiatives, with last two testbeds averaging US $3 Million in sponsor funding. Most recently, Testbed 13 was sponsored by 12 organizations from 5 countries, and brought together more than 200 individuals from 60 organizations.

In addition to creating new standards, testbeds provide a unique platform where sponsors can outsource the rapid generation of prototypes and test environments with a number of leading organizations in their field. Testbeds result in more than just new and updated standards: outcomes include guides, overviews, and best practices for solving leading-edge geospatial problems. Please consult these stakeholder interviews for additional perspectives.

Testbed 14 will be OGC's 100th initiative. Over the course of past initiatives, OGC has helped develop new standards and architectures that have transformed how we share and use geospatial information, from advancing sharing of digital maps over the web (e.g. WMS) to new encodings (e.g. GeoPackage) that are empowering mobile users with powerful geospatial tools.

Testbed Sponsors

Work on Testbed 14 commenced with the elicitation of Sponsor requirements in 2017. Among the organizations providing testbed sponsorship are the following OGC members:

  • Atos
  • 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
  • Geonovum
  • 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).

Testbed Threads

The detailed work to be performed on each thread can be found in the solicitation document.

Testbed 14 is organized into the following threads. These will integrate both architectural and thematic views, allowing a grouping of closely related work items and reduction of cross-thread dependencies.

  • Compliance and Interoperability Testing (CITE)
  • Earth Observation & Clouds (EOC)
  • Modeling, Portrayal, and Quality of Service (MoPoQ)
  • Next Generation Services (NextGen)

Testbed Schedule

The latest copy of the Testbed 14 schedule appears below. This schedule is subject to change.

  • 8 December: CFP Issuance
  • 21 January: CFP Responses Due
  • 10-12 April: Kickoff Workshop 
  • April-November: Testbed execution
  • November 21: 3-Week Rule for ERs to be voted on at December OGC TC Meeting
  • December [date TBD]: Demonstration Event

Anybody wishing to learn more about this initiative, or about the OGC Interoperability Program in general, can contact Scott Serich, Director Innovation Programs at sserich (at) opengeospatial.org or visit the OGC Innnovation Program page.

Last updated 2018-02-27 at 14:35 US Eastern Time.