OGC Requests

OGC is seeking information on Geospatial APIs

Status: 
Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 31 March 2017.
Open Date: 
Wed, 03/08/2017
Closing Date: 
Fri, 03/31/2017 (All day)
Description: 

 

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is looking for information on the existence of mapping and geospatial Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as part of an OGC Concept Development Study (CDS) that will examine the interoperability of existing geospatial APIs.

The explosive growth of public APIs for geospatial applications, and the accompanying variability in API practices across the IT industry, as well as in geospatial APIs specifically, has created new opportunities and challenges in supporting geospatial services. The application of standards in APIs to ensure interoperability is an apparent next step. This study is meant to support that step.

 Ivan DeLoatch, Executive Director of the US Federal Geographic Data Committee stated that “to advance the geospatial ecosystem, we must expand the scope of discovery and accessibility, integrating application programming interfaces as a service component in spatial frameworks to support interoperability and to serve a wide range of stakeholders.”

The purpose of the study will be to determine how different software vendors and data consumers can improve APIs in order to:

  • Examine how APIs are used effectively to exchange geospatial information
  • Identify where the proliferation of API diversity has degraded interoperability
  • Support planning for increased use of protocols to enhance interoperability
  • Suggest consensus activities that would improve the geospatial API ecosystem

 

    The OGC recently published an OGC Open API White Paper. This paper created additional interest within the OGC community concerning how open consensus processes can support the value of public APIs managed by individual organizations.

    The RFI is available for download below. Instructions on how to submit responses to, or questions concerning, the RFI are available in the download. Responses to the RFI are due by March 31, 2017.


    Downloads: 

     

    DOWNLOAD THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) 

    Request for Information on Geospatial Application Programming Interfaces (pdf) 

    OGC Requests: 

    OGC is seeking data and services for the Testbed 13: Mass Migration

    Status: 
    Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 15 March 2017.
    Open Date: 
    Wed, 02/15/2017
    Closing Date: 
    Wed, 03/15/2017 (All day)
    Description: 

     

    15 February 2017: As part of the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC®) Testbed 13, the OGC is requesting information to identify, assess, and gather the current state and available geospatial data and services about the Europe and Middle East regions that may be used to support the development, testing, and demonstration of OGC standards and technologies advanced during Testbed 13.

    OGC Testbed 13 participants will implement services, access data, and demonstrate capabilities using the services and data identified during this RFI. The overarching theme for Testbed 13 is mass population migration. The Testbed aims to understand and document how information sharing & safeguarding tools and practices - including open geospatial standards - can enable cross-domain interoperability on an international level for structured communication exchange and border surveillance to assist law enforcement and humanitarian aid operations.

    The demonstration scenario for Testbed 13 will focus on addressing challenges related to the coordination of multi-regional/national operations arising from the current exodus of people from the Middle East to Europe. This includes any messaging related to the displacement and mass movement of populations in response to conflict.

    As an OGC Innovation Program initiative, Testbed 13 will investigate and develop new or enhanced OGC web service or encoding specifications over a wide variety of technology work areas. These technologies will be tested and demonstrated in an architecture and a deployed environment in support of the mass migration theme, as shown in the following diagram:

    Testbed-13

    A wide variety of source data or data provider services available for public use are needed to support the scenarios and use cases associated with this Testbed. As such, OGC is looking for your help in providing us with information on the availability of these data and services. The following is a partial list of types of source data or services, required over the area of interest, that could support the development of, and testing in, Testbed 13:

    • Map data and/or services
    • Feature data and/or services, such as road networks, rivers, water bodies or water sources, jurisdictional boundaries, etc.
    • Satellite imagery and/or services
    • Predictive model related data, such as base and ancillary data as well as outputs of predictive models
    • Medical and Health facilities and locations (or could be part of other feature data sources or services)
    • Recommendations for additional source data or services that provide data of various types across the region of interest, are available for public use, and could support the scenario, development, and testing in Testbed 13, are welcome and encouraged.

      For more information on Testbed 13, view the Call for Participation at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/154. The RFI is available and instructions on how to submit responses to, or questions concerning, the RFI are available in the download below. Responses to the RFI are due by 15 March 2017.


      Downloads: 

      DOWNLOAD THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) 

      Request for Information on Testbed 13 Data and Services (pdf) 

      OGC Requests: 

      OGC invites expertise on underground maps and models

      Status: 
      Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 15 March 2017.
      Open Date: 
      Mon, 02/13/2017
      Closing Date: 
      Wed, 03/15/2017 (All day)
      Description: 

      The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is requesting information from interested parties to inform a Concept Development Study (CDS) that will assess the current state and future direction of information standards for modeling, mapping, and managing underground infrastructure.

      The CDS will define the scope of a multi-phase underground infrastructure interoperability project. The purpose of the study is to develop an in-depth understanding of all the components necessary to enable infrastructure data interoperability and standards in an underground environment. The CDS is initially focused on the urban landscape, but is extendable. This Request for Information (RFI) is a first step in the CDS process. Any organization with an interest in underground infrastructure is invited to respond to the RFI before 15 March 2017.

      Currently, the exchange of underground utility information between infrastructure organizations within the same jurisdiction or in adjacent jurisdictions has been greatly hampered by incompatible and incomplete data. OGC anticipates that this project will make a significant contribution towards facilitating improved information management and secure sharing and collaboration, which should make infrastructure planning, operations & maintenance, and emergency response less costly and time consuming, and more effective.

      The Fund for the City of New York, through its Center for Geospatial Innovation, has provided significant support for project conceptualization. The Fund will continue to provide assistance throughout the upcoming phases of this initiative.

      Britain’s National Mapping Agency, Ordnance Survey, has contributed resources to this project and has been active in this area through its open innovation scheme, Geovation, to seek answers to how we can better manage underground assets.

      "In a digitally based society, the lack of comprehensive and reliable data relating to above and particularly below ground assets, will prove to be a barrier to the effective operation of those assets through digital systems," commented Rollo Home, Strategic Product Manager, Ordnance Survey. "We recognise that establishing data as an infrastructure capability will be key to managing assets within an open, secure context. Geospatial data, in particular, can act as the framework within which the inter-relationships across these domains can be identified, modelled and managed. Advances in geospatial data standards, capture and management technologies are all rapidly evolving to give us a potential toolkit to manage the interaction between these domains more effectively. In this project we’d like to explore the art of the possible and set the agenda for future data integration."

      More information about the Underground Infrastructure CDS can be found at: www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/undergroundcds. Instructions for submitting a response are detailed in the RFI, available below. Responses in electronic version can be submitted to the OGC Technology Desk (techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org), and are invited before 15 March 2017.

      Downloads: 

      DOWNLOAD THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) 

      Request for Information on Underground Infrastructure Mapping and Modeling (pdf) 

      OGC Requests: 

      OGC Calls for Participation in Major Innovation Testbed (Testbed 13)

      Status: 
      Please note:  This Request (Part 1) is scheduled to close on 20 February 2017.  Part 2 will close at 13:00 CET on 17 February 2017.
      Please note:  Revised CFP available effective 31 January 2017. Clarifications can be found here
      Open Date: 
      Wed, 01/25/2017
      Closing Date: 
      Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:00
      Description: 

       

      BIDDERS Q&A Webinar

      A Testbed 13 Bidders Q&A Webinar was held on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 at noon US Eastern Standard Time.  

      This webinar covered both Part 1 and Part 2 of the CFP. The Webinar is available for your review. Questions & Answers are being made available in the Clarfications document above.

      GENERAL INFORMATION

      The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a Call for Participation (CFP) in the OGC Testbed 13 Interoperability Testbed.

      Testbed 13 sponsors have completed and documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this testbed initiative. Organizations selected to participate in Testbed 13 will develop prototype solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios. These are described in detail in the CFP. Participants’ prototype solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in Testbed 13. Prototype specifications may ultimately become official, member approved OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.

      Testbed 13 Sponsors include:

      • Airbus Defence and Space
      • CGI IT UK Limited
      • Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
      • DigitalGlobe, Inc.
      • European Space Agency (ESA)
      • FAA System Operations Airspace and AIM Office
      • Natural Resources Canada
      • Geonovum
      • Ordnance Survey, Great Britain
      • US Geological Survey (USGS)
      • US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
      • US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

      The sponsors’ requirements have been organized into the following technical threads:

      • Dynamic Source Integration
      • Earth Observation Clouds
      • Cross Community Interoperability
      • Field Operations
      • Streaming & 3D Data
      • Compliance Testing

      The CFP is comprised of two parts:

      - Part 1 is the overaching OGC Testbed 13 CFP documentation
      - Part 2 is the OGC Testbed 13 ESA Sponsorsed Thematic Exploitation Platform (This is referred to in Part 1 as "Part 2 ITT". Please see the special note below for further detail)

      Any organization may make a submission to participate in the OGC Testbed 13.

      Please note all participants must either be exisiting OGC members or become OGC members prior to the kick-off of the Testbed 13 work program

      Further information regarding Testbed 13 is available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/testbed13

      Special note regarding submissions for Part 2 ITT (ESA Sponsored Thematic Exploitation Platform)

      - Funding for Part 2 is restricted to recognised ESA Entities only. To check if your organization is already recognized or to apply to become recognized please follow the instructions provided by ESA http://emits.sso.esa.int/emits/owa/emits.main
      - For organizations seeking funding in relation to Part 2 please ensure that your proposal submission is made via the ESA EMITS system http://emits.sso.esa.int/emits/owa/emits_external.showsum?typ1=7763&user=Anonymous
      - For organizations providing an in-kind only (no funding) submission in relation to Part 2, this can be made via the Testbed 13 CFP templates provided below in Part 1 and should be submitted as per the instructions for a Part 1 type submission.

      Downloads: 

      Click a link below to download individual files of the CFP.

      CFP PACKAGE Part 1

      Testbed 13 CFP (zipped HTML format)  
      online version
      Testbed 13 CFP (pdf)

      Testbed 13 CFP Narrative Response Template (doc)
      Testbed 13 CFP Finance Response Template (xls)

      DOWNLOAD CFP PACKAGE Part 2 

      Technical information for Part 2 ITT - ESA Thematic Exploitation Platform
      (PDGS-EVOL-CGI-TN-16-1570)-(Testbed 13 Technical Architecture)-(v1.0)
       (pdf) 

      OGC Requests: 

      OGC requests comment on revision of its GWML2 specification

      Status: 
      Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 17 June, 2016.
      Open Date: 
      Wed, 05/18/2016
      Closing Date: 
      Fri, 06/17/2016 (All day)
      Description: 

       

      GWML2 provides an encoding for data involved in the study and use of groundwater. The candidate standard includes conceptual and logical models as well as an XML-based encoding schema. GWML2 is part of the larger WaterML2.0 suite of standards coordinated in an initiative within the joint World Meteorological Organization (WMO) / OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group to address standards development and interoperability of hydrological information systems at an international level.

      Comment: 

      Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] lists.opengeospatial.org (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template

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      OGC Requests: 

      OGC seeks public comment on CDB Candidate Standard

      Status: 
      Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 27 May, 2016.
      Open Date: 
      Tue, 04/12/2016
      Closing Date: 
      Fri, 05/27/2016 (All day)
      Description: 

       

      This OGC Candidate Standard specifies an open format and encoding for the storage, access and modification of a representation of the natural and built environment for simulation applications. CDB defines the data representation, organization and storage structure of a worldwide synthetic representation of the earth as well as the conventions necessary to support all of the subsystems of full-mission simulators and networks of heterogeneous simulators. The Candidate Standard makes use of several commercial and simulation data formats that are in widespread use within the simulation industry. The organization of the synthetic environmental data in a CDB is specifically tailored for real-time applications. The CDB storage model supports applications in which inter-connected simulators share a common view of the simulated environment.

      Downloads: 

      With additional background information available in the following documents:

      Note that only the normative documents (Volumes 1, 3, and 11) will comprise the standard; the remaining volumes are informative and are proposed for publication as OGC Best Practices.

        Comment: 

        Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] lists.opengeospatial.org (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template

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        OGC Requests: 

        OGC seeks public comment on update of OGC® Abstract Specification Topic 11: Metadata from ISO 19115:2003 to ISO 19115:2014

        Status: 
        Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 06 May, 2016.
        Open Date: 
        Thu, 04/07/2016
        Closing Date: 
        Sat, 05/07/2016 - 15:33
        Description: 

        ISO 19115-1:2014 defines the schema required for describing geographic information and services by means of metadata. It provides information about the identification, the extent, the quality, the spatial and temporal aspects, the content, the spatial reference, the portrayal, distribution, and other properties of digital geographic data and services.


        Comment: 

        Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] lists.opengeospatial.org (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template

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        OGC Requests: 

        OGC seeks public comment on candidate OGC® Coverage Collection Extension

        Status: 
        Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 17 April, 2016.
        Open Date: 
        Fri, 03/04/2016
        Closing Date: 
        Sun, 04/17/2016 - 02:15
        Description: 

        The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC® Coverage Collection Extension Standard. The candidate OGC® Coverage Collection Extension Standard specifies a useful mechanism for grouping coverages together into a collection. 

        Geospatial coverages, as defined by OGC and ISO, represent homogeneous collections of values located in space/time, such as spatio-temporal sensor, image, simulation, and statistics data.

        Comment: 

        Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] lists.opengeospatial.org (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template

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        OGC Requests: 

        OGC requests information to guide Arctic Spatial Data Pilot

        Status: 
        Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 18 March 2016.
        Open Date: 
        Wed, 02/24/2016
        Closing Date: 
        Fri, 03/18/2016 - 22:00
        Description: 

        The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) requests information to help advance the “Arctic Spatial Data Pilot”. The Arctic Spatial Data Pilot is an OGC Interoperability Program initiative sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and Natural Resources Canada. This recently launched initiative aims to help all Arctic stakeholders benefit from improved access to the expanding universe of online Arctic geographic information. The emerging Arctic SDI, an evolving technical and organizational network of diverse information resources and collaborating players, will play a key role in pan-Arctic science and monitoring as well as societal, economic, regulatory, and environmental decision support.

        “It's important that scientists, resource managers, decision-makers and our citizens can discover, access and use trusted data to conduct research, make informed decisions, and respond to emergencies in the Arctic,” said Kevin Gallagher, Associate Director for Core Science Systems, U.S. Geological Survey. “This pilot is meant to advance the understanding of best practices for the distribution of geospatial data.”

         

        Figure: The value of data increases with the number of users and with the number of linked data sets. An open Arctic SDI will be essential infrastructure for widespread Arctic geospatial data discovery, sharing, integration and commerce to support many different communities of interest.

        This OGC Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Request for Information (RFI) will help the U.S. Geological Survey and Natural Resources Canada collect information to demonstrate the diversity, richness and value of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Web services that can be made available to Arctic SDI stakeholders. Information gathered and publicly reported by the initiative will expose opportunities for stakeholders to make better use of Web technologies for publishing, discovering, assessing, accessing, integrating, aggregating and analyzing geospatial data and related non-geospatial data.

        The purpose of this RFI is to gain a better understanding of the full potential of an Arctic SDI to serve the Arctic community. What is it exactly? What data and Web services are available and what needed data and Web services are missing? What are the data sharing and data integration requirements of the different Arctic communities? What does the ideal architecture of an Arctic SDI look like? What key stakeholders need to contribute to a more concerted development process? What scenarios and use cases should be considered as part of this OGC Pilot? Readers of this RFI are encouraged to respond with recommendations for procedures, technology, data, or open standards that should be considered to be included in a recommended practice for Arctic SDI.

        RFI responses will be discussed with an expanded set of sponsoring organizations that will review information interoperability and integration requirements and then outline funding opportunities for Arctic SDI standards technology developments planned for later this year. With consideration of active developments in OGC’s current Testbed 12 initiative and in its current work with ISO, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and other standards groups, OGC will document the needed interoperability and integration requirements in a Request for Quotations (RFQ). The RFQ will invite technology providers to describe work they offer to do to address those Arctic SDI interoperability requirements. RFI respondents will be considered in future Open Geospatial Consortium, Natural Resources Canada, United States Geological Survey, Academic funding bodies, or other opportunities. All RFI responses will contribute to Arctic SDI considerations moving forward. 

        Responses to the RFI are requested by March 18, 2016. The RFI includes instructions on how organizations can respond to and submit questions about the RFI.

         

        OGC Requests: 

        OGC® calls for Proposals for a Future City Pilot Phase 1 project

        Status: 
        Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on March 4 2016.
        Open Date: 
        Fri, 02/05/2016
        Closing Date: 
        Fri, 03/04/2016 - 22:00
        Description: 

        5 February 2016. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the initiative sponsors: Ordnance Survey Great Britain, Institut National de l'Information Géographique et Forestière (IGN) France, city of Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona), Spain and virtualcitySYSTEMS GmbH Berlin and in collaboration with buildingSMART International (bSI) announce a Request for Quotation (RFQ) and Call for Participation (CFP) in the OGC Interoperability Program’s Future City Pilot Phase 1 (FCP1) initiative. The purpose of this RFQ/CFP is to solicit proposals in response to a set of requirements for the FCP1 initiative.

        The FCP1, based in Europe, will demonstrate and enhance the ability of spatial data infrastructures to support quality of life, civic initiatives and urban resilience.

        OGC Requests: 

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