OGC Event

Webinar: OGC Health Domain Working Group Ad Hoc Meeting

Friday, 2013-05-31
Friday, 2013-05-31

Over the past decade, health authorities have used geospatial technologies to help respond to influenza outbreaks, plan responses to public health risks of extreme weather conditions, implement beast cancer programs, track West Nile virus, and much more. Wider use of OGC standards by the health mapping community would make more data and processing resources discoverable, assessable and accessible.

A draft two-page Health Domain Working Group (DWG) Charter was introduced into the OGC membership and various expressions of interest and recommendations have been collected.  An ad-hoc meeting webinar has been arranged to invite wider review of the draft Health DWG Charter, collect inputs, and move toward member adoption of a formal  charter. The meeting is free and open to the public. The proposed OGC Health DWG Ad Hoc webinar will provide OGC members and the public with an opportunity to identify marketplace interoperability needs and inform non-member participants in global, national, and sub-national health mapping efforts about the OGC standards process.

Here is the preliminary agenda:

1.      Welcome / Introductions

2.      Overview of Draft Health DWG Charter

3.      Background of previous OWS testbeds and pilot projects and OGC standards that touch on health.

4.      Identification of initiatives in different countries/regions that are using OGC standards to support health domain applications

5.      Identification of key barriers, needs, and opportunities 

6.      Discussion

7.      Goals and Objectives – Informing next steps toward a OGC Health DWG

8.      Identification of interested members / nominations for co-chairs

9.      Close

To register for the webinar, visit https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/145430239 .

I look forward to your participation. 

Eddie Oldfield


Eddie Oldfield is Owner, Spatial QUEST Solutions and is an OGC member. He was formerly Director, New Brunswick Climate Change Hub www.nbhub.org at the New Brunswick Lung Association www.nb.lung.ca. He is an Appointed Member, Resilient Communities Working Group, National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Canada, UNISDR, Hyogo Framework of Action) and an Appointed Member, National Advisory Committee, QUEST Canada www.questcanada.org .


Deriving business value from geospatial standards

Thursday, 2010-06-17
Thursday, 2010-06-17

 Crowne Plaza - Washington DC/Silver Spring
 8777 Georgia Avenue
 Silver Spring, MD 20910

Schedule of Meetings: 


  9:00 - 10:00 Check-in
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome and event overview - Mark Reichardt, President & CEO, OGC
10:15 - 11:00 Business benefits of working with the OGC - Steven Ramage, Exec Director, Marketing and Communications
11:00 - 11:15 Open discussion around benefits of standards
11:15 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:00 OGC membership value and possibilities - Louis Hecht, Exec Director, Global Business Development
12:00 - 12:45 Open Q&A session
12:45 - 13:00 Event close



Registration is required.  Please register here.


OWS-6 Webinar

Wednesday, 2009-04-29
Wednesday, 2009-04-29
Webinar Information: 
Please note: 28 April 2009 - The Webinar Demo of OWS-6 Testbed results will not be held on April 29th as previously announced.  In preparing for the webinar, the performance of WebEx has not been sufficient to provide a quality experience for displaying the audio and video parts of the testbed demonstrations.   By April 30, we will provide instructions for downloading the video demonstrations and supporting material for your individual viewing.   Anticipating that we will resolve the webinar performance issue, we will announce a later date for the live webinar with the members of the OWS-6 team.


On Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 11:00am-1:00pm US Eastern time (UTC - 4 hr), OGC® will conduct a webinar demonstrating results from the OGC Web Services, Phase 6 (OWS-6) testbed activity which has been underway since October 2008. At that time OGC and project participants kicked off development to advance OGC’s open framework of standards based on priority geospatial and location based interoperability requirements. The content of the OWS-6 initiative was organized around the following areas or threads of focus:

    1) Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)
    2) Geo Processing Workflow (GPW)
    3) Decision Support Services (DSS)
    4) Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)
    5) Compliance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE)

Emphasis for the SWE thread was on:
•    Geospatially-enabled Rights Management and Trusted Services in a sensor-based environment, including adding SOAP binding to sensor web services.
•    Developing common web-based interfaces for Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear (CBRN) sensors, to support Sensor Observation Services (SOS), Sensor Planning Services (SPS), Sensor Alert Services (SAS), and web service catalogue registration (CSW) using SensorML.
•    Building on Georeferenceable Imagery accomplishments of OWS-5, to develop sensor parameter adjustability and error propagation for georeferenceable imagery.
•    Harmonizing these SWE information models: SensorML, GML, UncertML, MathML.
•    Developing an events-based architecture including Web Notification Service (WNS)

The main topics in the GPW thread were as follows (with security topics being of additional relevance for SWE thread):
•    Data Security and Web Services Security Environments
•    Asynchronous Workflows Within and Across Security Domains
•    Open Grid Forum (OGF) Enabled Web Processing Services (WPS)
•    GML Application Schema Development & ShapeChange Enhancements
•    Web Processing Service (WPS) Profiles
•    Data Accessibility for Data Content Schema (DCS)-enabled WFS

The DSS thread encompassed these capabilities and task areas:
•    ISO 19117 and OGC SLD Portrayal
•    3D Portrayal of GML with Fly-through
•    Outdoor and indoor 3D route services
•    WMS performance (tiling)
•    Integrated Clients for multiple OWS services

The upcoming webinar will demonstrate achievements for OWS-6 in terms of web services architecture, software development, and engineering reports written. For SWE, GPW and DSS threads, these achievements will be described around the organizing principle of response by multiple stakeholder organizations to a disaster scenario. The scenario for this demonstration starts with a hostage crisis in a government building near a major urban airport, which escalates when a major fire breaks out. Emergency responders include police and fire crews, and their progress in handling the crisis can be seen with the decision-support tools provided. Cross-cutting issues include a generic events architecture, and a segmented security architecture.

The Aviation thread focused on providing up-to-date aeronautical and weather information to pilots and aircraft while at the airport gate or en-route to its destination. To support these goals, the scope of the AIM thread had the following areas of work:
•    Use and enhancement of Web Feature Service (WFS) and Filter Encoding (FE) specifications in support of AIXM features and 4-dimensional flight trajectory queries.
•    Architecture of standards-based events mechanism to alert/notify users of changes to user-selected aeronautical information.
•    Prototype of Aviation clients for retrieval, integration and visualization of AIXM content, weather, and other aviation-related data, emphasizing time and spatial filtering in order to present just the right information into any given user context anytime, anywhere.

The CITE thread is different in purpose from the others; it is intended to develop robust test and certification tools for OGC standards. In this cycle of development, the CITE thread involved developing and refining abstract and executable test suites for software products seeking OGC certification in the area of WMS 1.3 (including all mandatory and optional elements of the standard), and the WMS 1.3 DGIWG Profile.

The webinar will last 2 hours, with the last 30-45 minutes planned for questions from viewers. This will be conducted using the WebEx Event Center, requiring only a current Adobe Flash plug-in to enable viewing. To register, go to http://portal.opengeospatial.org/public_ogc/090429_ows6_webinar.php .

OGC’s Interoperability Program is a global, hands-on and collaborative prototyping program designed to rapidly develop, test and deliver proven candidate specifications into OGC’s Specification Program, where they are formalized for public release. In OGC’s Interoperability Initiatives, an international team of technology providers’ work together to solve specific geo-processing interoperability problems posed by the initiative’s sponsoring organizations. OGC Interoperability Initiatives include test beds, pilot projects, interoperability experiments, and interoperability support services – all designed to encourage rapid development, testing, validation and adoption of open, consensus based standards specifications.


July 2007 OGC Interoperability Day

Wednesday, 2007-07-11
Wednesday, 2007-07-11

Hotel Du Lac Address: 89, rue du Général de Gaulle 95880 Enghien-les-Bains FRANCE

The France Interoperability Day is geared to those organizations that plan and implement systems that involve sharing and using Geographic Information across the Internet. It is aimed to be of interest across both the public and private sectors.

The France 'Interoperability Day' event is being hosted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and is scheduled for July 11 2007 as part of OGC’s Technical Committee meetings.

The days events will cover a host of issues regarding the use of OGC and ISO standards such as Geography Markup Language (GML), Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS) that provide the interoperability essential for Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) at different levels -- from European to national to regional (in line with the new INSPIRE directive) to all over the globe. This is an opportunity to learn about best practices from acknowledged international experts on the benefits of using open standards when implementing SDI components. French will be the only language presenters will use. No simultaneous translation will be offered.

The speakers at this event will come from across Europe and beyond, they have been asked to cover areas like; the problems they sought to solve, why they chose an interoperable route based on open standards, technical approach, lessons learned, etc. At the end of the day, we want to help those who want to build operational systems and are asking speakers to provide reference material where they can.


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Please note there are exhibition & sponsorships opportunities associated with this event. Exhibitions & Sponsors should be related to the theme of the event, i.e., the use of open standards.

To help sponsor this event, please review the France Interoperability Day Sponsorship Summary and Application.

Call for Papers

The organizers of the OGC's France Interoperability Day (see website at: http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/070711interop) are seeking potential speakers to submit papers related to geospatial interoperability using open standards within one of the following topic areas:

  • Interoperable Technology Development
  • Earth Observation & GMES Application
  • INSPIRE-related Applications and Geosciences Services on the Web
  • Interoperability Demonstration (must contain multiple partners)


Organizations and individuals are welcome to supply an abstract of no more than 300 words so that the organizers may evaluate candidate papers by June 1, 2007. Those who are selected to submit a paper are required to submit final versions by July 1, 2007.

A subset of those selected to submit a paper will be invite to prepare and present their paper in presentation form of no more than 15 minutes during the France Interoperability Day event. Presenters are asked to use slides (PowerPoint or OpenOffice Presentation) and will also participate in a panel covering the general topic area. The presentation will need to submitted by July 1, 2007 for compilation on the OGC web site. Presentations must be non-commercial, promote geospatial Interoperability. Presentations will need to be prepared in French and conducted in the French language, no translation services will be provided.

Abstracts (300 words or less) should be sent, along with complete contact details to: papers [at] opengeospatial.org

Schedule of Meetings: 

The Preliminary Agenda for the Interoperability Day is tentative:   Preliminary Programme 0830-0930Registration, Coffee and Networking 0930-0945Welcome and OGC Introduction 0945-1015OGC in Europe - Activities & Services 1015-1030Interoperability Demonstration 1030-1100Break / Sponsor Social Hour / Interoperability Showcase – Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and network with other attendees, sponsors and participating vendors. 1100-1230Session dedicated to technology (4 speakers – 15 min each) + Panel discussion (30 min) 1300-1430Buffet Lunch / Vendor Interoperability Showcase Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a range of vendors offering OGC based solutions. 1430-1600Session dedicated to Earth Observation & GMES (4 speakers – 15 min each) + Panel discussion (30 min) 1600-1630Break / Sponsor Social Hour / Interoperability Showcase – Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and network with other attendees, sponsors and participating vendors. 1630-1745Session dedicated to INSPIRE and Geosciences (4 speakers – 15 min each) + Panel discussion (15 min) 1745Concluding remarks 1800Close   

Hotel Du Lac Address: 89, rue du Général de Gaulle 95880 Enghien-les-Bains FRANCE Contact: tel: 33/ 01 39 34 11 00 fax: 33/ 01 39 34 11 01 mail: hoteldulac [at] lucienbarriere.com
This event will be free to attend. This event will be free to attend. Click here to register.
Local Information and Travel: 
  • Map to Hotel
  • By plane - Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, 20 km away (45 minutes).
  • By train – Enghien-les-Bains Railway Station, 15 minutes from Paris, – Gare du Nord Railway Station, direction Pontoise or Valmondois. – Saint-Gratien RER Railway Station, line C, 2 km away, direction Montigny-Beauchamp-Argenteuil.
  • By car – 12 km from Paris / Porte de la Chapelle by the A1, exit N°3 Saint-Denis, direction Epinay-sur-Seine, then Enghien, – 15 km from Paris / Porte Maillot by the A86, direction Cergy-Pontoise then the A15, exit n°2 Enghien-Montmorency.

The User and the GEOSS Architecture XXV - Valencia

Wednesday, 2008-12-03
Thursday, 2008-12-04
GEOSS Workshop XXV
Perspectives on GEOSS Architecture: Principles and Implementation

Palacio de Congresos, Valencia, Spain
3-4 December 2008

This GEOSS workshop will focus on the system-of-systems architecture that guides the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in developing GEOSS.

The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) aims to achieve comprehensive, coordinated and sustained observations of the Earth system. An initial operating capability of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure has recently been established. The workshop will review the architecture that guided the initial capability and will develop recommendations for future developments.
The workshop will interest individuals and organizations from government, academia and industry sectors that seek to use GEOSS to increase access to Earth observations for their own use or for supporting their organizations system planning. Also, the workshop will interest individuals and organizations that seek to understand how their systems can contribute to GEOSS.