OGC Testbed-20

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Advancing the Foundations of Interoperability

About OGC Testbeds

As the largest Research & Development (R&D) Initiatives conducted under OGC’s COSI Program, OGC Testbeds exist at the cutting edge of technology, actively exploring and evaluating future geospatial technologies to solve today’s problems. Testbeds provide an opportunity to engage with and lead the latest research on geospatial system design, concept development, and rapid prototyping. They also provide a business opportunity for stakeholders to mutually define, refine, and evolve service interfaces and protocols in the context of hands-on experience and feedback. The solutions developed in Testbeds eventually move into the OGC Standards Program, where they are reviewed, revised, and potentially approved as new international open standards that can reach millions of individuals.

Testbed-20’s Focus

Testbed-20 will drive innovation at the foundations of geospatial data ecosystems by experimenting with standards-based data formats optimized for current architectures and testing tools that meet today’s requirements for applications and workflows. Participants will collaborate to create mechanisms that improve Integrity, Provenance, and Trust (IPT) in geospatial data systems and workflows, transform the standards for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) imagery, enhance the usability of GeoDataCubes and investigate their applications, and explore options for High-Performance Computing Optimized Formats.


As sponsors of Testbed-20, the European Space Agency (ESA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the i-guide consortium help shape the vision for the initiative, provide active guidance of its activities, and support the work of its participants.

Call for Participation

The Call for Participation is available and contains details on Testbed-20’s technical objectives, deliverables, and how to apply.

A Bidders Q&A Webinar was held on 24 May, 10:00-11:00 Eastern to respond to any questions. You can watch the linked recording.

Responses to the CFP are due by 10 June 2024, @11:59 PM AoE.


Agile Reference Architecture, Earth Observation, GeoDataCubes, GEOINT, Geospatial, High Performance Computing, OGC APIs, Spatial Data Infrastructure

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