ORCHESTRA (Open Architecture and Spatial Data Infrastructure for Risk Management) has been an Integrated Project partly funded by the European Commission’s 6th Framework Program, under priority Improving Risk Management.

ORCHESTRA addressed the need to be able to consolidate information from disparate systems to support citizen protection and security, disaster management, criminal justice, and other missions, crossing pan-European agency boundaries and extending into national, state and local government areas. One of the most urgent and important challenges currently facing governments is to get these systems to interoperate and share information.

The overall goal of ORCHESTRA was to design and implement an open service-oriented software architecture that will improve the interoperability among actors involved in multi-risk management.

Some of the results of ORCHESTRA will be used as input to the INSPIRE and GMES initiatives.

The ORCHESTRA Book (available with other ORCHESTRA documents, including training materials) summarizes the project and results.

The Reference Model for the ORCHESTRA Architecture is an OGC Best Practice. It is an extension of the OGC Reference Model and contains a specification framework for the design of geospatial service-oriented architectures and service networks. The RM-OA comprises the generic aspects of service-oriented architectures, i.e., those aspects that are independent of the risk management domain and thus applicable to other application domains.