OGC Press Releases

GEO Announces Call for Participation in 8th GEOSS Pilot with OGC Leadership

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2015-01-30
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30 January 2015 – The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has announced a Call for Participation (CFP) in the 8th phase of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-8). AIP-8 aims to increase the use of GEOSS resources by end-users. An end-user might be, for example, a farmer in a developing nation whose cell phone app accesses an online service that supplies planting advice and market forecasts based on sophisticated processing of data acquired by satellites, local Internet-connected sensors, and social networks.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) provides leadership in AIP-8 and invites OGC members and other organizations to respond to the CFP. The CFP documents are available at: http://earthobservations.org/geoss_call_aip.shtml.

GEO was launched in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized countries. GEOSS technical architecture, data sharing agreements, capacity building and user engagement programs comprise a durable platform for exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world.

Through integration with the technology resources in the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI), AIP-8 will demonstrate how users can now begin to benefit from a decade of GEO activities. The specific goals of AIP-8 are to:

  1. Continue to develop and deploy easy-to-use online (Web and Mobile) Apps that demonstrate the value of standards-based access to EO data and services registered with GEOSS.
  2. Community portals
  3. Activities to support the key Apps and Community Portals
  4. Build toward the vision of the Model Web.

AIP-8 builds on the results and infrastructure set up in prior AIPs.

The AIP-8 schedule will be presented at the GEO XII Plenary, scheduled for 11 and 12 November in Mexico City, Mexico. An in-person kickoff morkshop for AIP-8 will be held 23 March in Norfolk, Virginia, USA (see http://www.gstss.org/2015_Norfolk_4th/ ). Register for the AIP-8 kickoff at: https://portal.opengeospatial.org/public_ogc/register/150323aip8ko.php .

This CFP invites GEO Members and Participating Organizations to participate in AIP-8 in multiple ways, including contributing in-kind programming resources, defining user requirements, funding specific activities, providing access to services, software license and/or hardware, etc.

Responses to this CFP are due by 27 February 2015. Directions for preparing responses are described in the CFP. Dscussion and clarification of the CFP and the initiation of AIP-8 will be the topic of weekly teleconferences as listed in the following link: http://www.ogcnetwork.net/AIPtelecons.

Please feel free to contact Bart De Lathouwer (bdelathouwer [at] opengeospatial.org) with any specific questions or comments..

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 empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Learn more about the OGC at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact. See our recent "What is the OGC?" video.

GEO, a voluntary partnership of 156 governments and international organizations, is coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS. See http://earthobservations.org/about_geo.shtml.

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OGC announces Unified Geo Data Reference Model For Law Enforcement and Public Safety - an OGC Best Practice

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2015-01-30
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30 January 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces that it has adopted the OGC Unified Geo Data Reference Model For Law Enforcement and Public Safety as an OGC Best Practice.

This OGC Best Practice provides guidance for law enforcement, civil security and public safety organizations developing applications from mobile to enterprise systems that require communication and data sharing between many, often geographically distributed organizations. The Best Practice defines a data model for encoding spatially enabled law enforcement and public safety data. The ability to easily and effectively share law enforcement and public safety data across jurisdictional and national boundaries is a critical international need. While there are numerous widely used and excellent national systems for sharing law enforcement data, there are currently no internationally agreed to standards for sharing spatially enabled law enforcement and public safety data. This OGC Best Practice represents a major step forward and provides an opportunity for many organizations to collaboratively define an international standard.

Since 1994, emergency and disaster planning, early warning, prevention, response and recovery have been the focus of many different geospatial standards efforts in the OGC. Hundreds of companies, government agencies, universities, research organizations other standards organizations have been involved. This OGC Best Practice reflects the wisdom gained through that ongoing work and also the commitment and expertise of OGC members whose recommendations reflect current trends in information technology.

"With as much as 90% of law enforcement and public safety data having location content, it’s essential for fixed and mobile users to be able to easily share this data. As a provider of location-enabled information systems globally and as co-chair of the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Domain Working Group, we see tremendous value in Abu Dhabi Police’s OGC approved best practice data model," said Roger Mann, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solution’s Managing Director - Middle East.

The OGC Unified Geo Data Reference Model For Law Enforcement and Public Safety is free and available online at http://docs.opengeospatial.org/bp/14-106/14-106.html.

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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OGC seeks public comment on candidate 3D Portrayal Service Standard

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2015-01-28
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28 January 2015 - The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC 3D Portrayal Service (3DPS) Standard.

In the last decade, progress in airborne and mobile laser scanning and photogrammetric methods has brought an explosion of terrain data and detailed 3D models of the built environment. The 3d models are often maintained in proprietary environments.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Web3D Consortium have both been working to address the need for interoperability, as well as the content challenges of volume, access speed, and diversity of devices. The Web3D Consortium has focused on open standards for real-time 3D visualization, including streaming, and their members developed a Geospatial Component extension for X3D. The OGC has focused on developing a service interface to provide interoperable access to 3D geospatial data servers. In 2012, a group of OGC members, building on work done in both organizations, completed the 3D Portrayal Interoperability Experiment (3DPIE) to develop and evaluate best practices for 3D portrayal services.

Based on the results of the 3DPIE, an OGC 3D Portrayal Service Standards Working group (3D Portrayal Service SWG) was chartered to progress two different OGC proposals to the state of one integrated, adopted OGC standard. The current draft candidate 3D Portrayal Service Standard, a unified web service for 3D portrayal, is intended to make it easy for applications to present, explore, and analyze complex 3D geospatial data from diverse sources.

The candidate OGC 3D Portrayal Service Standard is designed to support both client and server side rendering. For client-side rendering, the client requests a 3D model from the server. The server extracts the requested model from the 3D geodata server and generates a 3D scene graph including geometry and textures. Depending on the server’s capabilities, data formats such as X3D, KML and COLLADA can be used to retrieve the scene graph. The rendering of the scene is done on the client side. In a web client, X3DOM and/or XML3D can be used to integrate the scene into an immersive HTML5 experience. However, there are no fixed format requirements, opening the service for other technologies such as JSON-based glTF. For server side rendering, the client passes the requested content and view parameters to the server. The server then generates layered image depictions of the 3D environment for display on the client. In either scenario, the client’s user can query and navigate through the 3D content.

The documents for the candidate OGC 3D Portrayal Service Standard are available for review and comment at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/130. Comments are due by 27 February, 2015. The candidate standard is hosted on GitHub, making it is easy to follow the latest changes and the rationales behind those changes.

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.

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