OGC Testbed 15
The OGC Innovation Program provides a venue to advance solutions to data challenges through using open standards. In addition to creating new standards, the 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 bleeding edge geospatial problems. Please consult the Testbed Interviews video for a stakeholder perspective.
Over the course of more than 100 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.
Testbeds are OGC's biggest initiatives. The last several initiatives averaged over US $2.5 Million in sponsor funds.
Any ideas for this or future testbeds should be sumitted to Scott Serich, Director Innovation Programs at sserich (at) opengeospatial.org.