OGC Press Releases

OGC seeks sponsors for FutureCities Pilot

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2015-09-15
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15 September, 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) in collaboration with buildingSMART International (bSI) invites sponsorship in a pilot project to help cities around the world benefit from modern standards for geospatial technologies. The Pilot, based in Europe, will demonstrate and enhance the ability of cities to use diverse, interoperating spatial technologies to deliver improved quality of life, civic initiatives and resilience.

Human, natural, and physical systems interact in space and time, and the digital systems in cities will become increasingly diverse and numerous, with many owners. Cities thus need an open, vendor-neutral standards platform for communicating spatial and temporal data. Many of the longstanding technical boundaries separating indoor, outdoor, underground and atmospheric information have been overcome. The FutureCities Pilot will show how cities can begin to reap the benefits.

OGC and other standards organizations have made recent progress in fields such as city modelling, indoor navigation, citizen science and the Internet of Things. bSI is extending its BIM Standards to encompass infrastructure and other elements of the built environment. bSI and OGC collaborate in areas such as urban and infrastructure modelling and indoor/outdoor navigation.

The FutureCities Pilot will bring together visionary sponsors to help define activities that meet cities' spatial information requirements. All requirements, lessons learned and results will be shared among participants and made available to the public and cities everywhere. Hosting cities will benefit from OGC/bSI-led workshops for scoping and requirements-collecting, introductions to vendors and developers with commitment to open systems, public demonstration and leave-behind solutions. Sponsoring organisations will benefit from the opportunity to directly work with municipal personnel and understand their cities' requirements first hand. Solutions to current urban challenges may act as forerunners for solutions in rural environments. In addition, results will guide future standards development.

Ordnance Survey, a Strategic Member of the OGC, has long used open standards and contributed to their development. As one of the sponsors of this pilot, Ordnance Survey will bring valuable experience and expertise.

The OGC and bSI are reaching out to city departments, companies, professional organizations, foundations and research groups to work with the Ordnance Survey as co-sponsors, and with London's Royal Borough of Greenwich as one of the hosting cities, in this shared-cost, results-oriented collaborative effort. Hosting cities make relevant  data available to exercise the services developed in the initiative. The OGC Interoperability Program has conducted more than 85 collaborative testbeds, pilot projects, interoperability experiments and plugfests.

Organizations interested in sponsoring or hosting the pilot are invited to contact OGC before October 15, 2015 to provide input in the planning phase.  Contact Bart de Lathouwer, the OGC Initiative Director for the pilot by emailing bdelathouwer [at] opengeospatial.org.

OGC® is a geospatial standards consortium of more than 510 companies, government agencies, research organisations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop open standards that support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. See http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

bSI is the worldwide authority driving transformation of the built asset economy through creation and adoption of open, international standards. bSI has 17 national Chapters across the globe representing all sectors of the construction industry. See http://www.buildingsmart.org/.

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OGC North American Forum to demo results of major interoperability testbed

Release Date: 
2015-08-31
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31 August 2015. On October 14th, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) will demonstrate the results of the eleventh OGC Interoperability Testbed. The demonstration is being organized by the OGC North American Forum.  The US Geological Survey (USGS) is hosting the event, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the USGS  Auditorium in Reston, Virginia.

The OGC North American Forum (NAF), a group of 53 OGC members in North America, addresses OGC standards requirements, OGC program coordination, outreach and education needs of government, academic, research and industry organizations in Canada, US and Mexico. The NAF provides a coordination mechanism to prioritize North American geospatial and location specific interoperability requirements and work towards incorporating these requirements into the OGC standards process.

In December 2014 the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) released a Policy Fact Sheet titled "Harnessing Climate Data to Boost Ecosystem & Water Resilience." The Fact Sheet notes OGC’s commitment to increase open access to climate change information using open standards. Testbed 11, sponsored by an international group of government agencies, is mentioned in the OSTP document.

Testbed 11 supports national climate-change preparedness by focusing on ways in which open standards support cross-community interoperability, urban-climate resilience (preparation for impacts of climate change), and secure exchange of spatial information in the context of the US National Information Exchange Model NIEM.

Nine Testbed 11 sponsors documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this activity. Thirty organizations selected to participate in Testbed 11 then developed solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios described in a Call for Proposals. Participants’ solutions implement existing OGC standards as well as prototypes of possible interface and encoding candidate standards. Some of the prototypes may ultimately become OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.

Testbed 11 Sponsors include:

  • European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL)
  • Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • UAE Ministry of Interior Abu Dhabi Police GIS Center for Security (UAE ADP-GIS SC)
  • UK Defense Science and Technology Lab (UK-DSTL)
  • US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)

Testbed participants tied numerous sponsor requirements together within the Flood / Climate Change scenarios to demonstrate interoperable solutions to meet these goals:

  • Advance OGC Architecture with respect to REST and SOAP design patterns for synchronization of geodata across data stores, as well as storage and synchronization of geodata in GeoPackages;
  • Evaluate approaches to JSON and GeoJSON encodings as well as vector data and image streaming in the OGC standards framework;
  • Integrate high-resolution simulation models into geospatial infrastructures using the OGC Web Processing Service;
  • Advance use of Linked Data and semantic enabling of OGC Web Services, with a special focus on Hydrographic Data;
  • Advance use of OGC Catalog Services;
  • Advance use of spatially-enabled Social Media data;
  • Advance use of a common symbology that can be used to share common operational pictures in an international environment;
  • Advance compliance tests for the OGC Web Feature Service and Catalog 3.0 Service interface standards;
  • In Aviation, advance a Digital Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) validation service and enrichment service and advance use of Aviation Feature Schema (AFX). Also develop guidance on using geometrical constraints in the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules (SBVR) (an Object Management Group standard).

Those testbed goals sort into these technology threads:

  • Urban-Climate Resilience (UCR) Thread
  • Cross-Community Interoperability (CCI) Thread
  • Aviation Thread
  • Geospatial Enhancements for NIEM (Geo4NIEM) Thread

The demo results have enormous potential for the testbed stakeholders – both technology users and the technology providers – and for the world at large. The return on the shared investment in spatial standards far exceeds the costs, not unlike the return on the original shared investments in http and html.

Some of the Testbed 11 sponsors have already begun assembling interoperability requirements for Testbed 12, which will begin in the fall. The sponsors and the OGC invite other organizations to bring their requirements into the discussion.

If you want to learn more about the upcoming Testbed 11 demo and/or the upcoming Testbed 12 opportunity, please contact Lew Leinenweber, Director Interoperability Programs (lleinenweber [at] opengeospatial.org). Learn more about the 15 year old OGC Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned and managed.

Join the OGC North American Forum!  The networking, coordination and public exposure provided by the Forum help members maximize the value of their OGC membership.  Contact the OGC at info@opengeospatial.org.

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 510 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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OGC adopts Moving Feature Encoding standard

Release Date: 
2015-02-17
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17 February 2015 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership has approved the OGC Moving Feature Encoding Model and Encoding as an official OGC standard. This standard defines an abstract model for encoding moving feature data compliant with ISO 19141:2008 Schema for moving features, and, based on the abstract model, it also includes an XML encoding in the form of an OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) application schema, and a simple CSV (comma-separated value) encoding format.

The advance of mobile computing and internet-connected sensors (including sensors and GPS transponders in cell phones and notebook computers) brings with it a rapid rise in applications for moving feature data, typically representing vehicles or pedestrians. Many innovative moving feature applications will require the overlay and integration of moving feature data from different sources. Examples can easily be imagined for disaster risk management, traffic information services, security services, navigation for robots, aviation or maritime traffic monitoring, and wildlife tracking and conservation. Most current applications, however, are limited to single-source moving feature data. Lack of a standard encoding makes it difficult to integrate moving feature data from different sources.

More efficient exchange of moving feature data will result in a requirement for massive data handling. The CSV style encoding provides an efficient and easily understood standard for encoding lightweight data records, which will be important for many applications involving large data volumes and real-time response. The GML application schema style encoding for Moving Features provides for the encoding of more complex spatial information. The OGC Moving Feature Encoding Model could also support other types of encodings.

This standard addresses only “rigid” moving features, such as vehicles, as opposed to those that deform, such as flood water, and it does not address moving features whose descriptions contain other moving features that must be updated as the feature moves, such as control surfaces on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It also is for archived Moving Feature data only, and not for live feeds from sensors.

The OGC Moving Feature Encoding Standard is available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/movingfeatures.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

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