Wed, 2009-04-29 (All day)
Wed, 2009-04-29 (All day)
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 .

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.

Fri, 2009-04-03 (All day)
Fri, 2009-04-03 (All day)

Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel
115 Syngrou Avenue
Athens, 11745 Greece

Telephone: +30 210 930 0000


Special thanks to:


EADS Astrium



for helping to sponsor this event.  If your organization would like to help, please contact Greg Buehler.

Hosted by:




Overview:Standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium are becoming more and more established in the geospatial world and hold the key to build Geodata infrastructures based on interoperable components. The European Commission is encouraging the wider adoption of standards e.g. in the context of INSPIRE, the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe directive.


Whilst market demand for standards compliant components is steadily growing, many end users are still puzzled as to how the underlying specifications actually evolve, or what the direct benefits are in the context of their day to day business. Moreover there are questions relating to the level of real life adoption on national and European levels.

On Friday the 3rd of April 2008 you have a chance to get first hand answers to such questions at the OGC & HellasGI Greek Interoperability Day, held in Athens, Greece.

The presentation sessions include experts from OGC, governmental organizations, academics and companies.

The presentation sessions during the Interoperability Day are accompanied by selected company and project presentations in the catering and break-out area.

The language of the event will be mainly Greek but some of the presentations will be in English.

See the Press Release announcing this event.
Schedule of Meetings: 

 The complete agenda is available for download.  

The registration for this event is free.  Please register now for this event .
Sun, 2009-05-10 (All day)
Sun, 2009-05-10 (All day)

May 10, 2009     Bremen, Germany

This one day workshop will explore the status of existing ocean observation systems and data portals for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems – GEOSS. The discussion will focus on the ability to build on existing systems to develop a global coordinated information and data system for ocean monitoring to better understand the dynamics of the deep-ocean processes throughout the ocean water column (ref GEO subtask CL-09-02d).

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Tue, 2009-05-12 (All day)
Thu, 2009-05-14 (All day)


The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host the fourth annual Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) Users Conference.  This year the conference will be the first Joint AIXM / Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM) Conference - Integrating Information for the Future.  The conference will be held on May 12 -14, 2009 in Washington Metro Area The conference audience is intended to be AIXM and WXXM developers, and aeronautical information and aviation meteorological (MET) experts.


The general topic of the conference is AIXM and WXXM - Graphical Visualization and Common Situational Awareness. 

Sub Topics to be covered throughout the conference:

  1. Operational Perspectives
  2. Interoperability and Standards
  3. Applications (including digital Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) and weather applications)


Exhibits/demonstrations are especially welcome.  The exhibit space is free; exhibitors are responsible for the cost of any special requirements. The conference venue staff will help you meet your exhibition requirements. 


The conference will be held in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area at the HYATT Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202-US. There is a room block set aside for attendees, at government per diem rate, on a first come first served basis.  The final day to register for this room block is April 27th, 2009.  If you don't register by then you will be subject to prevailing hotel rates in the area. 

Contact Information:

Registration information is available at  If you register at the site you will receive a confirmation email from eric [dot] large [at] auatac [dot] com

Please contact Eric Large at eric [dot] large [at] auatac [dot] com, (202) 314-1478; Edna Weitzman at edna [dot] weitzman [at] auatac [dot] com, (202) 314-1308; or Norm Wood at norm [dot] wood [at] auatac [dot] com, (202) 314-1135 for more information.  All of these numbers are in Washington, D. C.

Mon, 2009-06-22 (All day)
Mon, 2009-06-22 (All day)
Thu, 2009-05-21 (All day)
Fri, 2009-05-22 (All day)
GEOSS has the objective to continuously monitor the state of the earth in order to increase knowledge and understanding of our planet and its processes. Being a system of system, GEOSS has to master the challenge of integrating heterogeneous systems across institutional and political boundaries. Timely delivery of earth observation data is a key aspect in identifying potential natural and human threats, such as tornados, tsunamis, wild fires, or algae blooms. The third workshop of the Sensor Web series invites you to come to Japan to present your current activities and opinions in the context of Sensor Web or Sensor Network applications. Building on the achievements of the first two workshops (see reports on:, this workshop continues the very successful discussions and knowledge exchange about interoperable sensor networks.
Wed, 2009-08-12 (All day)
Fri, 2009-08-14 (All day)
The 17th International Conference of Geoinformatics (Geoinformatics 2009) will be held on August 12th - 14th, 2009 at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

Mon, 2009-06-29 (All day)
Fri, 2009-07-10 (All day)
The Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information Science announces the 7th Annual Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science
Florence (Firenze), Italy

29 June to 3 July 2009 : "Cognitive Processing and Representations of Place, Space, and Time "

6 to 10 July 2009: "INSPIRE implementation"

More 2009 details to follow soon, at

Wed, 2008-12-03 (All day)
Thu, 2008-12-04 (All day)
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.

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