Testbed 14

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The Kickoff Event has been rescheduled to take place Tuesday-Thursday, 10-12 April, 2018. The venue has yet to be determined, though a return to the USGS National Center is being contemplated. Please continue to monitor this web page for updates.

The Testbed 14 Call for Participation (CFP) ("Part 1 CFP") has now been published. 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.


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:

  • 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)

... as well as additional Sponsors.

Working closely with these Sponsors, OGC is preparing to publish the Testbed 14 Call for Participation (CFP), scheduled to be released December 8. This CFP will included a Testbed Architecture that will address and integrate all Sponsor requirements. Corrigenda and Clarifications documents will be used to provide subsequent, authoritative updates.

OGC member organizations will then be selected as Participants to deliver technical work products, with a Kickoff Workshop event tentatively scheduled for April, 2018. A full tentative schedule appears below.

Testbed Threads

Testbed 14 is tentatively organized into the following threads (subject to change). 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

A tentative copy of the Testbed 14 schedule appears below. This schedule is subject to change.

  • 8 December: CFP Issuance
  • 21 January: CFP Responses Due
  • 3-5 April: Kickoff Workshop - new dates TBD.
  • April-November: Testbed execution
  • November [date TBD]: 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 2017-12-08 at 06:10 US Eastern Time.