OGC Testbed 12

Testbed 12 Sponsors have documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this initiative. Organizations selected to participate are developing solutions based on the Sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios, which are described in detail in the Request for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ). Participant solutions are implementing existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed during the testbed. Prototype specifications may ultimately become OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.

The Kickoff Event was held at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia on March 2-4 just prior to the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Washington, DC.

Revised Testbed Schedule

The revised testbed schedule (as of March 11) appears below. This schedule is subject to change, so please check back regularly for updates.

  • 2-4 March: Kickoff
  • 15 April: Initial Engineering Report (IERs) due
  • 30 June: Development-Ready Component Designs & Preliminary Implementations, plus first-draft of ERs
  • 30 September: TIE-Ready Component Implementations due
  • 31 October: Final Draft ERs (DERs) due (including posted in Pending)
  • 15 November: Final Delivery of all TIE-Tested Components, plus Participant Final Summary Reports
  • 29 November: Demonstration

The revised schedule for the Aviation Thread was provided at the Aviation Kickoff event.

Testbed Sponsors

  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (Dstl)
  • Digital Globe, Inc. (DG)
  • European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol)
  • Federal Aviation Administration System Operations and Airspace and AIM Office (FAA)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Testbed Architecture

Testbed 12 requirements were received from sponsors in the following areas:

  • Aviation
  • Geospatial Imagery Quality Framework
  • Coverage Access and Visualization
  • General Feature Model (GFM), Catalogs, and Semantics
  • OGC Baseline Enhancements
  • Compression and Generalization
  • Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and GeoPackage

These requirements were organized integrated into an overall testbed architecture made up of seven threads:

  • Aviation (AVI)
  • Command Center (CMD)
  • Compliance (CMP)
  • Consolidation (CNS)
  • Field Operations (FO)
  • Large-Scale Analytics (LSA)
  • Linked Data and Advanced Semantics for Data Discovery and Dynamic Integration (LDS)

Details surrounding these threads and the entire Testbed 12 Architecture can be found in Annex B of the RFQ, which can be found at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/139. It is strongly recommended that interested readers also review the authoritative Clarifications document, available at https://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/65664.

This leading-edge technology work has enormous potential for testbed stakeholders – both technology users and technology providers. Shared investment in spatial standards brings improved sharing and integration of spatial information, which has widespread and longstanding value for sponsors and for society at large. Technology providers gain market exposure, market intelligence, and a chance to quickly take advantage of the business opportunities that arise with the introduction of new standards and associated technical capabilities.

Anybody wishing to learn more about this initiative, or about the OGC Interoperability Program in general, can contact Scott Serich, Director, Interoperability Programs (techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org) or visit http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip.