USGS data services get over 1 million hits per day, with data being used by a range of communities at the state, county, city, and other levels for a variety of purposes (science, decision-support, etc). There’s interest to investigate whether the USGS data services are fully compliant with relevant OGC standards, and if there are opportunities to improve how the data is being served to the different communities.
In this project, OGC is supporting the USGS Interoperability Assessment Initiative with the goal of assessing if OGC standards as implemented in USGS servers are meeting users requirements.
OGC will perform the following tasks:
- Develop a usability/interoperability assessment plan to organize the services identified by USGS for use in this initiative, to capture the use cases, tools and selected user community representatives, and to plan for one or more usability/interoperability test event
- Test the services identified by USGS for use in the initiative against available OGC compliance tests and provide results back to the service providers
- Organize the collecting and documenting of the user community typical use cases including gathering information on the tools used to access the services and to process the data
- Facilitate the usability/interoperability test event(s) (there could be more than one event depending on the number and breadth of selected communities; the events will most likely be virtual events delivered via gotomeeting or similar conferencing technology)
- Capture and document the outcomes of the test event, including lessons learned, limitations, suggestions for improvement/optimization, recommendations for standards profiles, etc
- Provide venues for discussing, gathering and documenting recommendations on next steps for future work and testing. The venues include but are not limited to outreach to OGC domain and standards working groups, inputs into the OGC Testbed 11 RFQ, etc
- Demonstrate and evaluate the usability of search and retrieval access of NGP and Landsat data using existing standards (such as the OGC Catalog Service – opensearch extension) in support of government and commercial search requirements related to search engine optimization, data.gov, GEO, and the Open Data Policy