Testbed aims for new levels of geo-interoperability

January 14th, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites interested organisations to respond to the call for participation for its Testbed-15 Innovation Initiative. Testbed-15 aims to explore new levels of interoperable geospatial data processing with a focus on data-centric security, federated clouds, service and application discovery, portrayal, machine learning, and delta updates.

OGC Testbeds are part of OGC’s innovation programme, a global, hands-on, collaborative prototyping programme designed to rapidly develop, test, innovate, and deliver proven candidate standards into OGC’s Standards Program, where they are formalised for public release.

The outcomes of the initiative are expected to shape the future of geospatial software development and data publication. The initiative provides a business opportunity for stakeholders to mutually define, refine, and evolve OGC service interfaces and protocols in the context of hands-on experience and feedback. Work on Testbed-15 commenced with the elicitation of sponsor requirements in 2018.

Organisations selected to participate in Testbed-15 will develop prototype solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios. These are described in detail in the call for participation. Participants’ prototype solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed during the initiative. Prototype specifications may ultimately become official, member approved OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.

The Sponsors are supporting this vision with cost-sharing funds to partially offset the costs associated with development, engineering, and demonstration of these outcomes. This offers selected participants an opportunity to recoup a portion of their initiative expenses.

The sponsors’ requirements have been organised into the following technical threads:

  • Thread 1: Secure data and federated clouds (Data-centric security and federated cloud analytics)
  • Thread 2: Cloud processing and portrayal (Earth observation process and application discovery, and open portrayal framework)
  • Thread 3: Machine learning and delta updates

The submission deadline is 11 February 2019. The project will start with a kick-off meeting on 2 to 4 April 2019. More details at portal.opengeospatial.org/files/82290.

Contact Scott Serich, OCG, techdesk@opengeospatial.org