The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a Request
for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) to solicit proposals in
response to requirements for the OGC Climatology-Hydrology Information Sharing
Pilot (CHISP), Phase 1 (CHISP-1).
The RFQ/CFP is available at below.
Responses are due by 14 September, 2012.
A bidders’ teleconference was held on 15 August 2012. More
information will be available below.
The Point of Contact is Lew Leinenweber (lleinenweber at
The CHISP-1 sponsors are:
- GeoConnections - Natural Resources Canada and Environment
- US Geological Survey (USGS)
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Around the world, there is a critical need for improved
sharing, accessing, and integration of hydrologic and climatic data. To meet that need, CHISP-1 will engage
leaders in the hydro-climatic community to collaboratively build a duplicable
system that uses existing resources – including data portals, standards,
technologies, activities, and expertise. These resources are available to
stakeholders in all countries.
CHISP-1 will create a virtual observatory system for water
resources observations and forecasts in parts of the U.S. and Canada, building
on current networks and capabilities to support:
modeling of Milk River and Souris River for historical, current and
future streamflow and inundation conditions.
and assessment of nutrient flux into the Great Lakes, which requires accessing and
integrating water quality data from multiple agencies
Advantages of creating this system in an OGC Pilot Project
- Management by a neutral organization
- Use of a mature and trusted
vendor-neutral process led by experienced administrative and technical project
- Design and development best
practices (iterative, agile approach to building a SOA-based system)
- Inclusive process, with open,
international call for participation from potential sponsors, and recruiting of
industry's best and brightest to staff the development team.
CHISP-1 will exercise OGC encoding and service standards,
including the OGC WaterML 2.0 Encoding Standard, the OGC Sensor Observation
Service (SOS) standard and others.
CHISP-1 offers many benefits. In addition to leveraging the
large body of existing related activities, those activities, and others like
them around the world, will be enhanced by and benefit from the pilot outcomes.
By pooling resources to accomplish a shared objective, the sponsors and
participants in CHISP-1 reduce their development risks and leverage their
investment. In addition to identifying and clarifying what is possible, the
pilot will identify the key technical and non-technical barriers to continued
progress in sharing and integrating hydrologic and climatic information. Because
it is an international project with broad industry participation, it will
promote understanding and strengthen ties within the existing hydro-climatic
CHISP-1 Bidders Teleconference Dial-in:
+1 415 363 0833 passcode:665541
Host: Leinenweber, Lewis
Start Time: 08/15/2012 : 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM [EDT - US/Eastern]
Duration: 180 minutes
Meeting URL: https://portal.opengeospatial.org/webex_auth.php?AT=JM&MK=798776961&PW=CflSRhNe
The most recent clarifications are dated 2012-08-20