Testbed 12 Interoperability Testbed proposals due soon!

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) issued a Request for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) in the OGC Testbed 12 Interoperability Testbed on 23 October 2015. Proposals for the Aviation thread are due by 5:00 pm EST on 20 November 2015; proposals for all the other threads are due by 5:00 pm EST on 11 December. This initiative stands to be one of the largest Testbeds conducted in the history of the OGC Interoperability Program (IP). Details about Testbed 12 and the RFQ/CFP are available at the following link:


Testbed 12 sponsors have documented a wide range of interoperability requirements and objectives for this testbed initiative. Addressing these requirements offers significant opportunities for participants to contribute to advancing the baseline of OGC standards through rapid development of prototype components. Participants document the  results in Engineering Reports, OGC Change Requests, and other engineering artifacts. Whether you are a veteran of the OGC Interoperability Program initiative process, a member interested in a first-time participation or new to the OGC, please take a look at the opportunities that abound in this Testbed. If you participate in this Testbed 12 initiative, you will realize significant benefits that include:

  • Influence on future standards

  • Early insight into potential future requirements

  • Reduced time-to-market

  • Visibility to potential buyers and partners

This leading-edge technology work has enormous potential for testbed stakeholders – both technology users and technology providers. Shared investment in spatial standards brings improved sharing and integration of spatial information and services, which has widespread and longstanding value for sponsors and for society at large. Technology providers 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.

Don’t take my word for the value of these benefits. Hear what participants and sponsors have said about OGC Testbed participation in the following videos about Testbed 11: https://youtu.be/loXLwdMaTPM and


As one participant stated “... the lasting benefits of participating in a testbed are the lasting partnerships that we make with other OGC member companies” and “... Testbeds essentially level the playing field for us – without the OGC Testbeds we would not have been able to make the impact that we have made.”

Sponsors for this Testbed 12 include US, UK and European government agencies and industry sponsors:

  • DigitalGlobe, Inc.

  • European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL)

  • US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • UK Defense Science and Technology Lab (UK-DSTL)

  • US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • US Geological Survey (USGS)

  • A US Government agency

Testbed 12 requirements have been identified in the following categories, indicating the breadth of topics to be addressed in this Testbed:

  • Aviation

  • Geospatial Imagery Quality Framework

  • Coverage Access and Visualization

  • General Feature Model (GFM), Catalogs, and Semantics

  • OGC Standards Baseline Enhancements

  • Compression and Generalization

  • Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and GeoPackage

The requirements have been organized into the following Threads to facilitate organization of use cases into an overarching scenario:

  • Field Operations (FO) Thread

  • Large-Scale Analytics (LSA) Thread

  • Linked Data and Advanced Semantics for Data Discovery and Dynamic Integration (LDS) Thread

  • Command Center (CMD) Thread

  • Consolidation (CNS) Thread

  • Aviation (AVI) Thread

  • Compliance Testing (CMP) Thread

Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Scott Serich, Director Interoperability Programs (techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org). See http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip for more information about the 16-year-old Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned and managed.