OGC Calls for Participation in Major Interoperability Testbed (Testbed 11)

Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 21 November 2014.
Open Date: 
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 UTC
Closing Date: 
Friday, 21 November 2014 05:00 UTC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a Request for Quotation/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) in the OGC Testbed 11 Interoperability Testbed.

Testbed 11 sponsors have documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this testbed activity. Organizations selected to participate in Testbed 11 will develop solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios, which are described in detail in the RFQ/CFP. Participants’ solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in Testbed 11. Prototype specifications may ultimately become OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.

Testbed 11 Sponsors include:

  • European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL)
  • Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • UAE Ministry of Interior Abu Dhabi Police GIS Center for Security (UAE - ADP GIS CS)
  • UK Defense Science and Technology Lab (UK-DSTL)
  • US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)

The RFQ/CFP and information about Testbed 11 are available below. Responses are due by 5:00 pm EST on 21 November 2014.

An IP Program and Testbed 11 Q&A Webinar will be held on 30 October 2014 at 10 am EDT ( Check your local time ). Register here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/287254487.

For the most efficient use of this webinar, please send your questions in advance to techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org. You are also invited to follow us on twitter, Linkedin or Facebook to stay updated on the Q&A Webinar, clarifications to requirements, kickoff details, etc.

The OGC Testbed 11 Kickoff Workshop is planned for 12-14 January 2015 at George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax Campus in Northern Virginia. Additional details for the Kickoff Workshop will be provided later.

Testbed 11 focuses on spatial communication requirements that emerge when a population is displaced due to coastal inundation. Testbed participants addressing requirements in this scenario will attempt to meet these goals:

  • Advance OGC Architecture with respect to REST and SOAP design patterns for synchronization of geodata across data stores, as well as storage and synchronization of geodata in GeoPackages;
  • Evaluate approaches to JSON and GeoJSON encodings as well as vector data and image streaming in the OGC standards framework;
  • Integration of high-resolution simulation models into geospatial infrastructures
  • Advance use of Linked Data and Semantic Enabling of OGC Web Services, with a special focus on Hydrographic Data;
  • Advance use of OGC Catalog Services;
  • Advance use of spatially enabled Social Media data;
  • Advance use of a common symbology that can be used to share common operational pictures in an international environment;
  • Advance compliance tests for the OGC Web Feature Service and Catalog 3.0 Service interface standards;
  • In Aviation, advance a Digital NOTAM validation service and enrichment service and advance use of Aviation Feature Schema (AFX). Also develop guidance on using geometrical constraints in the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR) (an Object Management Group standard).

Those testbed goals sort into these technology threads:

  • Cross-Community Interoperability (CCI) Thread
  • Urban-Climate Resilience (UCR) Thread
  • Geospatial Enhancements for NIEM (Geo4NIEM)

This cutting edge technology work has enormous potential for testbed stakeholders – both the technology users and the technology providers – and for the world at large. The return on the shared investment in spatial standards is extraordinary, much like the return on the original shared investments in http and html. Technology providers gain market exposure, market intelligence, and a chance to quickly take advantage of the business opportunities that arise with the introduction of new standards and associated technical capabilities.

If you want to learn more about this opportunity, please contact  Lew Leinenweber , Director Interoperability Programs (techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org). See http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip for more information about the 15 year old OGC Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned and managed.