OGC Web Services, Phase 6

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.

In April 2008, the OGC issued a call for sponsors for an OGC Web Services, Phase 6 (OWS-6) Testbed activity to advance OGC’s open framework of standards based on priority geospatial and location based interoperability requirements. Several meetings were conducted with potential OWS-6 sponsors to review and assess the state of the OGC technical baseline, to discuss previous testbed results, and to identify new requirements to be addressed in OWS-6.

The OWS-6 Sponsors were:

U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)

U.S. Dept of Defense - Joint Program Executive Office – Chemical & Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) 

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) GeoConnections

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

EUROCONTROL - The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation

EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

BAE SystemsERDAS, Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corporation 


After analyzing input provided in Sponsor meetings, the OGC Interoperability Team recommended to the sponsors that the content of the OWS-6 initiative be organized around the following areas of focus or threads:

1) Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)
2) Geo Processing Workflow (GPW)
3) Aeronautical Information Management (AIM)
4) Decision Support Services (DSS)
5) Compliance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE)

Here is the overall schedule of events and milestones:

Monday, 21 July - The Request for Quotation / Call for Participation was released.  See http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/50

Friday, 5 Sept – RFQ/CFP closes; all proposals must be in.

Thur, 11 Sept, 8am-noon – Technical Exchange Meeting #1 (TEM-1) presentation of RFQ responses and participant selection to OWS-6 Sponsors only.

15-18 Sept – OGC TC meeting in Atlanta, Georgia
Thur, 18 Sept, 8-10am – TEM-2 at the OGC TC, for further discussiong on participant selection with sponsors.

14-17 October, noon Tue to noon Fri – OWS-6 Kickoff at George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia campus. Click here for detailed agenda.

12 December - Interim Milestone: Draft Engineering Reports are due, and coordination of cross-thread software components and interfaces (catalog, event architecture, security architecture) must be complete.

16 January 2009 - Draft component implementations are due.

13 March - Final component implementations are due.

17 April - Final drafts of all Engineering Reports and Change Requests are due. Final summary reports from participants are due.