OWS-9 Testbed Kick-off at George Mason University

The OGC's OWS-9 Interoperability Initiative, backed by 10 sponsors and 39 participating organizations, has started up with a May 14-16 Kickoff Event at George Mason University (GMU).

OWS-9 kickoff group photo

Prof Vikas Chandhoke, Dean of the College of Science, provided introductions on the first day, and Nadine Alameh, Ph.D., OWS-9 Initiative Manager, led the 3-day event.

George Percivall, the OGC's Chief Architect and Executive Director of the OGC Interoperability Program, explained the importance of OWS-9: "OGC Web Services testbeds are a unique and effective method for advancing open standards for geographic information and services. Many of the technology threads in this year's testbed build on work done in previous OWS testbeds. Others, including GPS, Mobile Apps, Provenance, Data Quality and Semantic Mediation for Aviation are new. Our sponsors have pooled their resources and requirements to produce open standards that will help the whole world. We're grateful to them for their vision and support, and we thank GMU for once again providing an excellent venue for our kickoff event."

OWS-9 activity threads

OWS-9 sponsors include:

  • CREAF- GeoViQua-European Commission
  • GeoConnections – Natural Resources Canada
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
  • US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • US Army Geospatial Center (AGC)

22 of the government, commercial, research organization and university participants are from Europe, 11 are from the US; 4 are from Canada; 1 is from Taiwan; and 1 is from Australia.  Over the next 8 months, they will develop detailed use cases based on scenarios provided by the sponsors. Technical interoperability requirements will be developed from the use cases, and these requirements will be the focus of development work culminating in a demonstration of prototype solutions in January 2013. Requirements and technical solutions will be documented in engineering reports that will be used by OGC Standards Program working groups to refine and develop candidate OGC standards and best practices. 

OWS-9 participants list

Details of OWS-9 and the OGC consensus process are available in the kickoff plenary slides.