OWS-9 Demo a big attraction at Redlands TC Meeting

We had extremely strong attendance at the January 2013 OGC Technical Committee Meeting hosted by Esri in Redlands, CA. This was due in no small part to interest in the OGC Web Services Phase 9 (OWS-9) Testbed Demonstration and Exhibition. We’ve never had an OGC interoperability initiative that had so many sponsors, so much funding and such a rich harvest of technology components. OWS-9 sponsorship totaled $2.65 million USD and attracted participant in-kind contributions worth more than $5 million. 

The OWS-9 interoperability components – interface and encoding specifications and best practices – have been documented by participants in OGC Engineering Reports and Discussion Papers that are in final review and will soon be available to the public on the OGC website. Many will be put forward by their authors as candidate standards for vetting and possible membership approval as adopted OGC Standards and OGC Best Practices. 

All of this work is driven by sponsors whose contributed use cases illuminate market requirements for interoperability in a rapidly evolving spatial technology landscape. Their sponsorship of OWS rapid prototyping testbed activities derives from their recognition that it is possible in the OGC to develop standards that closely track technology innovations and trends. Widespread participation in these activities by ambitious innovators results in open standards tuned to emerging rather than receding market needs. 

This is evident in the foundation that OWS-9 has provided our next testbed, which remains open at this time for sponsorship. We don’t yet know all of the requirements that Sponsors will put forward, but OWS-9 sponsors and participants have been focused intently on a wide variety of interoperability topics. Their discussions about market and community trends are the best informed spatial technology discussions in the world. A focus on ubiquitous low-cost, location-aware, sensor-filled mobile devices running applications powered by cloud supercomputers, all communicating via ubiquitous broadband (and narrowband) wireless connectivity  is taking shape. Location information is being produced and used everywhere, and data and client/server communications are increasingly based on standards.  

We invite you to join the OWS-10 sponsor meetings to become part of the dialog and to influence the future for location interoperability. We have an exciting year ahead of us!