OGC Press Releases

OGC Announces Location Powers: Smart Cities Summit, December 2nd, Tokyo, Japan

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2014-11-07
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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) invites you to attend the inaugural Location Powers Summit (www.locationpowers.net) on 2nd December 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The focus for this first event will be understanding the location and place needs for a Smart City. The day’s journey will see us test our assumptions of what a Smart City is, explore the role of the citizen, look at how we “see” a Smart City, the fundamental infrastructure and how we understand a Smart City.

To guide us through the day we have enlisted an international team of experts to discuss Smart Cities "location intelligence": These include:

  • Carsten Rosendorf, Middle East advisor at Ordnance Survey International and global expert in 3D and City modelling.  He will discuss how OGC’s CityGML Standard provides an organizing framework for the spatial and semantic understanding of urban structures and their uses.
  • Steve Liang, Professor at the University of Calgary in Canada and, the lead in the development of the SensorThings standard. SensorThings builds on the established OGC Sensor Web Enablement standards. Sensors and crowdsourcing of city conditions is a necessary step to smart cities.
  • Rich Carne, recently appointed Chief Digital Officer at MetOffice in the United Kingdom looking at ways to work with cities, transport and citizens to collect and deliver smart weather & climate information
  • Michi Kohno from Creative City Designers, Tokyo, will share his experience in developing indicators for sustainable cities including city services and quality of life in how we architect the Smart Cities of the future.
  • Plus representatives from across Asia’s Smart Cities initiatives - announcements to follow.

Two important new OGC standards will be introduced at the Location Powers: Smart Cities Summit. These standards will become indispensable elements of how Smart Cities share their location information:

  • Ryosuke Shibasaki of the Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo, is the convenor and chair of the OGC Moving Features Standards Working Group. He will conduct the world’s first real-time demonstration of the new candidate OGC Moving Features Standard, which gives developers a lightweight and open standard way of tracking moving features.
  • Ki-Joune Li of the Pusan National University, convenor and chair of the IndoorGML Standards Working Group, will present the recently approved OGC IndoorGML Encoding Standard, which gives developers an innovative and easy open standard way of encoding indoor spaces for navigation purposes.

The Location Powers Summits are hosted by the OGC, whose members have been making the world’s location standards for over 20 years. In addition to informing stakeholders about the power of understanding location, the Summits are also designed to inform future work within the consortium so that we can continue developing relevant and useful standards. This summit is part of our quarterly Technical Meetings for the Asia Pacific region and will be followed by 3 further summits in 2015: Sustainable Development; Location & the Citizen; and Mobile, Sensors & High Velocity. More information and registration details can be found at www.locationpowers.net. Join us and help shape the way cities utilise location information.

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 495 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 OGC Sensor Observation Service 2.0 Hydrology Profile Best Practice

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2014-10-27
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27 October 2014. The OGC membership has adopted the OGC Sensor Observation Service 2.0 Hydrology Profile as an OGC Best Practice.

The OGC Sensor Observation Service (SOS) 2.0 Interface Standard (http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/sos) defines a Web service interface that provides clients with a broad range of capabilities for discovering, gathering, and querying collections of observation data. The new OGC Sensor Observation Service 2.0 Hydrology Profile Best Practice is defined to overcome semantic issues between different SOS instances serving hydrological data and the related client applications. Therefore, this profile focuses on how to specify semantics and structure requests and defines the necessary technical details to implement an interoperable hydrology SOS profile.

The SOS Hydrology Profile was developed and tested in the OGC Hydrology Interoperability Experiments and in the European GEOWOW project (GEOSS interoperability for Weather, Ocean and Water). GEOWOW was co-funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement in response to call ENV.2011.4.1.3-1 “Interoperable integration of Shared Earth Observations in the Global Context”.

The following organizations submitted this document to the OGC:

  • 52° North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH
  • KISTERS AG

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 495 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 Calls for Participation in Major Interoperability Testbed

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2014-10-22
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22 October 2014. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a Request for Quotation/Call for Participation (RFP/CFP)in the OGC Testbed 11 Interoperability Testbed.

Testbed 11 sponsors have documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this testbed activity. Organizations selected to participate in Testbed 11 will develop solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios, which are described in detail in the CFP. Participants’ solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in Testbed 11. Prototype specifications 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 CS)
  • UK Defense Science and Technology Lab (UK-DSTL)
  • US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)

The RFQ/CFP and information about Testbed 11 are available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/126. Responses are due by 5:00 pm EST on 21 November 2014.

Testbed 11 focuses on spatial communication requirements that emerge when a population is displaced due to coastal inundation. Testbed participants addressing requirements in this scenario will attempt 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;
  • Integration of high-resolution simulation models into geospatial infrastructures
  • 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 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:

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

This cutting edge technology work has enormous potential for testbed stakeholders – both technology users and the technology providers – and for the world at large. The return on the shared investment in spatial standards is extraordinary, much like the return on the original shared investments in http and html. Technology providers who participate in the testbed gain market exposure, market intelligence, and a chance to quickly take advantage of the business opportunities that arise with the introduction of new standards and associated technical capabilities.

If you want to learn more about this opportunity, please contact  Lew Leinenweber , Director Interoperability Programs (techdesk@opengeospatial.org). See http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip for more information about the 15 year old OGC Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned and managed.

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 495 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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