Wayland, Mass., May 27, 2009. On Tuesday, June 9, 2009, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) will conduct a free webinar demonstrating results from the OGC Web Services, Phase 6 (OWS-6) testbed activity. The 2.5 hour webinar will start at: 8:30am in Mumbai, 11am in Perth, noon in Tokyo, 1pm in Sydney, 3pm in New Zealand (http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=6&day=9&year=2009&hour=13&min=0&sec=0&p1=240).

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In October, 2008 OWS-6 participants began a set of parallel development activities organized around geospatial interoperability requirements in the following areas:

– Sensor Web Enablement (SWE): geospatial rights management; interfaces for Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear (CBRN) sensors; georeferenceable imagery; harmonization of the OGC's OpenGIS® Sensor Model Language (SensorML), Geography Markup Language (GML), and Uncertainty Markup Language (UncertML) Encoding Standards, and the W3C's MathML; and the OGC's Web Notification Service (WNS) Best Practice document.

– Geo Processing Workflow (GPW): Web services security; asynchronous workflows within and across security domains; Open Grid Forum (OGF) application of services implementing the OpenGIS Web Processing Services (WPS) Interface Standard; GML application schema development and ShapeChange enhancements; and others.

– Decision Support Services (DSS): ISO 19117 and OpenGIS Style Layer Descriptor (SLD) Encoding Standard portrayal; 3D fly-through; indoor/outdoor 3D route services; OpenGIS Web Map Tiling Service (WMTS) interface development; and integrated clients for multiple OGC Web Service (OWS) services.

– Aeronautical Information Management (AIM): Web standards for providing up-to-date aeronautical and weather information to pilots and aircraft while at the airport gate or en-route to its destination. To support these goals, the scope of the AIM thread had the following areas of work: Use and enhancement of the OpenGIS® Web Feature Service (WFS) Interface Standard and Filter Encoding (FE) Encoding Standard in support of AIXM features and 4-dimensional flight trajectory queries; architecture for alert/notify of aeronautical information changes; prototype of clients for retrieval, integration and visualization of AIXM content, weather, and other aviation data; emphasizing time and spatial filtering in order to present just the right information into any given user context anytime, anywhere.

– Compliance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE): Continued development of robust test and certification tools for the OGC Web Mapping Service (WMS) 1.3 standard.

The webinar will demonstrate OWS-6 achievements involving Web services architecture and interoperability solutions that are documented in OGC Engineering Reports. The plan is to release the Engineering Reports as OGC public documents in July, 2009. The SWE, GPW and DSS portions of the demo will show how standards-enabled interoperability supports coordinated responses to a hypothetical disaster scenario involving an airport hostage crisis.

OWS-6 sponsors include:

– US Dept. of Defense Joint Program Executive Office – Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD)
– Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) GeoConnections
– US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
– EUROCONTROL – The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation
– EADS N.V. Defence and Communications Systems (DCS)
– US Geological Survey (USGS)
– BAE Systems
– ERDAS, Inc.
– Lockheed Martin Corporation

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OGC's Interoperability Program is a global, hands-on and collaborative prototyping program designed to rapidly develop, test and deliver proven candidate standards. In OGC's Interoperability Initiatives, an international team of technology providers work together to solve specific geo-processing interoperability problems posed by the initiative's sponsoring organizations.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 380 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.