13 December 2012. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a
call for sponsors of the 10th annual OGC Web Services Testbed
(OWS-10) (http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/ows-10). Sponsors of OGC
testbeds provide interoperability requirements that drive rapid development,
testing and delivery of proven candidate standards into the OGC Standards
Program. OGC standards reduce the business risks associated with the use,
operation, influence and adoption of spatial information technologies within
enterprises, and they directly improve collaboration between enterprises across
government and industry throughout the world.
OWS-10 will build on the outcomes of prior OGC initiatives (http://www.opengeospatial.org/resource/demos), in particular
the recent OWS-9 Testbed
(http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/ows-9), which yielded:
-- Aviation: Modern, web-accessible Aeronautical
Information Services that can adapt as technology changes.
-- Cross-Community Interoperability (CCI): Improved
location search capability, improved ability to track data's origins, real-time
fusion of data from multiple sensors, and a standard for a Global Gazetteer
capable of real-time translation of spatial semantics to match, for example,
"dead end street" with "cul-de-sac."
-- Security and Services Interoperability
Recommendations for geospatial Security Management, a way to automate the
creation of implementable data schemas from abstract models, easier use of OGC
Web Services, methods for more efficient design of architectures, and a
standard that helps users manage large spatial databases that are being edited
by intermittently-connected mobile device users.
-- OGC Web Services (OWS) innovations: New OGC
compliance tests and improved interoperability for mobile device apps that use
OGC standards in providing location services.
OWS-10 will also explore new areas, including but not limited to: Decision
Fusion (including Augmented Reality, Model Interoperability, Provenance in
Workflows, and Linked Data); Sensor Web Enablement (including Internet of
Things concepts); and Mobile Solutions, Points of Interest, Semantic Mediation,
and Semantic Intelligence. OWS-10 scenarios will explore technical solutions
that will be useful in addressing critical issues such as location privacy, data access policies and
Interested organizations are invited to participate in the first OWS-10
Sponsor Planning Meeting from 8-10 am on
17 January 2013 at the Esri campus in
Redlands, CA. At this meeting, potential sponsors will review the OGC
standards baseline, discuss OWS-9 outcomes, and capture initial OWS-10
requirements and plans. Sponsors of OGC Interoperability Program initiatives
provide requirements, use/business cases and funding for OGC testbeds and pilot
Participation in this planning meeting does not constitute a commitment
to sponsor OWS-10. Sponsor and participant commitment will be part of a
subsequent Request for Quotation / Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) process.
The OGC also welcomes the participation of other Standards Developing
Organizations (SDOs), as SDOs' cooperation and SDO members' cross-participation
are necessary to avoid overlapping work programs and future obstacles to
If your organization is interested in this initiative and/or the
planning meeting, contact Nadine Alameh at nalameh [at] opengeospatial [dot] org or George
Percivall at gpercivall [at] opengeospatial [dot] org.
Interested organizations are also invited to attend the January 15 OWS-9 Testbed Demonstration and Exhibition, which has been
organized as part of the OGC
Technical Committee Meeting at the Esri campus in Redlands, 14-18 January
2012. Attendees at the January 15 OWS-9 Demonstration and Exhibition will
witness firsthand the capabilities, results and value of the OGC’s
collaborative testbed process.
The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 475 companies,
government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in
a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC
Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web,
wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website