OGC Testbed 13

Please visit the OGC Innovation Program Testbed 13 website for a full report of Testbed 13 outcomes.

[Note: Please visit the Testbed 14 page for information regarding the upcoming testbed.]


The OGC Testbed-13 Demonstration Event (agenda) took place at the USGS National Center in Reston, VA, on December 12-13, 2017. Please visit the Testbed 13 Demonstration Event Blog for an overview. Day 1 PowerPoint presentations can be downloaded from the following links (all files are over 300Mb):

Because the December Demo Event overlapped with the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, a second presentation was offered at the ESIP Winter Meeting on January 9th, 2018 in Bethesda, MD. This presentation focused on concerns of the Earth Science community.

The OGC Testbed 13 Innovation Program (IP) initiative commenced with the elicitation of Sponsor requirements in 2016 and early 2017. The following OGC member organizations are providing testbed sponsorship:

  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
  • DigitalGlobe, Inc. (DG)
  • European Space Agency (ESA) / CGI
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program
  • Geonovum
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  • Ordnance Survey Great Britain
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Working closely with these Sponsors, OGC issued a public Call for Participation (CFP) on January 25. The CFP included a Testbed 13 Architecture that addressed and integrated all Sponsor requirements. A Clarifications Document provided authoritative updates, including a full, January 31 refresh of the base CFP document and ongoing Q&A.

A separate solicitation titled Part 2 ITT (ESA Sponsored Thematic Exploitation Platform) was issued under the ESA sponsorship and managed by CGI. Participants selected under this solicitation were integrated into the larger set of testbed Participants and are managed under the IP Policies and Procedures during testbed execution. Links providing additional details regarding the Part 2 ITT solicitation can be found at the CFP page.

Thirty-one OGC member organizations were selected as Participants to deliver technical work products. A Kickoff Workshop (agenda) was held 4-6 April 2017 at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Testbed 13 Threads

Testbed 13 was organized into threads, which integrate both architectural and thematic views and allow grouping of closely related work items & reduction of cross-thread dependencies.

  • Cross Community Interoperability (CCI)
  • Dynamic Source Integration (DSI)
  • Earth Observation Clouds (EOC)
  • Streaming & 3D Data (S3D)
  • Compliance Testing (COT)

Testbed 13 Schedule

A copy of the testbed schedule appears below.

  • 25 January: CFP Issuance
  • 20 February: CFP Responses Due
  • 15 March: Data & Services RFI Responses Due
  • 4-6 April: Kickoff Workshop
  • April-November: Testbed execution
  • 16 November: 3-Week Rule for ERs to be voted on at December TC Meeting
  • Week of December 4: OGC Southampton TC Meeting (some ER presentations to Working Groups)
  • December 12-13 (Tu-Wed): Demonstration Event at USGS

Process Innovations

Two process innovations were adopted for Testbed 13, a new Engineering Report (ER) Process in which Participants more actively involve selected OGC working groups (SWGs and DWGs) in the development and review of ER content, and a new Participant reporting procedure that leverages the OGC Portal to provide monthly technical status updates.

Testbed 13 Value

This leading-edge technology work has enourmous 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 benefit for sponsors and for society at large. Technology providers gain market exposure, market intelligence, and a chance to captialise on the business opportunities tha 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 email ip [at] opengeospatial.org or visit http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip.

Last updated 2018-02-15.