February 2013 - The Group on Earth Observations
announced a Call for Participation (CFP) in the 6th phase of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems
(GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-6). AIP-6 aims to increase
the use of GEOSS resources by end-users. An end-user might be, for example, a
farmer in a developing nation whose cell phone app accesses an online service
that supplies planting advice and market forecasts based on sophisticated
processing of data acquired by satellites, local Internet-connected sensors,
and social networks.
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) provides leadership in AIP-6 and invites OGC
members and other organizations to respond to the CFP. The CFP document is
available at: http://earthobservations.org/geoss_call_aip.shtml.
was launched in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on
Sustainable Development and by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized
countries. GEOSS technical architecture, data sharing agreements, capacity
building and user engagement programs comprise a durable platform for
exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision
making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world.
integration with the technology resources in the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI),
AIP-6 will demonstrate how users can now begin to benefit from a decade of GEO
activities. The specific goals of AIP-6 are to:
- Increase Societal Benefit Area (SBA)
use of GEOSS resources by end- users
- Increase the availability of GEOSS
- Focus on benefits and usability for
- Strengthen previous GEO results and
builds on the results and infrastructure set up in prior AIPs.
AIP-6 schedule will support the GEO Plenary and Ministerial Summit, to be held
15-17 January 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. AIP-6 will also support the Sprint
to Summit initiative from the GEO Implementation Boards. A Kickoff Workshop for
AIP-6 will be held from 28-29 March in Washington, D.C.
CFP invites GEO Members and Participating Organizations to participate in AIP-6
through activities such as:
- Leading GEOSS SBA
development as expert guidance to GEOSS SBA users
- Client applications
for GEOSS users to download and utilize GEOSS
- Support of GEO
legal interoperability efforts, e.g., user registration
- Integration and
testing to enable GCI promote helper applications for
- Enhancements to the
GEOSS test facility
to this CFP are requested by 15 March 2013. Discussion and clarification of the
CFP and the initiation of AIP-6 will be the topic of weekly teleconferences.
Agenda and logistics for these telecons are posted at http://www.ogcnetwork.net/AIPtelecons.
Point of Contact for the AIP initiative is Bart De Lathouwer, bdelathouwer [at]
OGC® is an international consortium of more than 480 companies, government
agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus
process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards
empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services
accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially
enabled. Learn more about the OGC at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact. See our recent "What is the OGC?" video.
a voluntary partnership of 156 governments and international organizations, is
coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or
GEOSS. See http://earthobservations.org/about_geo.shtml.