9 September 2010. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) recently concluded the OGC Web Services, Phase 7 (OWS-7) Testbed initiative (http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/ows-7). OWS-7 addressed interoperability architectures, enhancements to existing OGC standards, and candidate standards developed in the testbed for sensors, video change detection, database synchronization, information cataloguing, web processing services, event architecture and aviation.

The OGC has issued a call for sponsors for the upcoming OGC Web Services, Phase 8 (OWS-8) Testbed. OWS-8 will build on OWS-7 and explore new requirements in areas such as data fusion, augmented reality, cloud computing, security architecture, aeronautical information systems, and compliance testing. Activities will address interoperability in emergency management, homeland security, defense, Earth observation, e-commerce and other domains.

Potential OWS-8 sponsors are invited to a planning meeting, to be held from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 at the Météo-France Conferences International Centre in Toulouse, France. OGC staff and meeting participants will review OGC standards, discuss OWS-7 results and document OWS-8 requirements. This meeting is part of the OGC Technical Committee Meeting (http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/1009tc) to be held 20-24 September at this location. Attendance does not constitute a commitment to sponsor OWS-8. Sponsor and participant commitment will be solicited in a subsequent Request for Quotation / Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP).

The OGC is also seeking partnerships with other Standards Development Organizations to develop sponsorship of the OWS-8 Testbed.

If your organization is interested in this initiative, contact:

Athina Trakas
Director, European Services,
Open Geospatial Consortium
Bonn, Germany


Steven Ramage
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Open Geospatial Consortium
Bergen, Norway

OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are part of OGC's Interoperability Program, a global, hands-on collaborative prototyping program designed to rapidly develop, test and deliver proven candidate specifications into OGC's Specification Program, where they are formalized for public release.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 395 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. 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/contact/.