OGC Testbeds provide a unique opportunity for sponsors to tackle location data and processing challenges together with the world’s leading geospatial IT experts.

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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is currently preparing its next major Innovation Initiative, Testbed-18, which builds upon the success and outcomes of Testbed-16, Testbed-17, and other Innovation Program Initiatives. OGC is now inviting any potential sponsor organizations to bring forward their technology integration and other technological challenges. Responses are due by September 15, 2021.

Challenges put forth by sponsoring organizations will be refined and mapped to a set of work items that OGC member organizations will apply to solve. The OGC Innovation Program team, together with the sponsors, will then select the most qualified organizations to join Testbed-18 and help solve these challenges.

In a collaborative effort, all Testbed participants, sponsors, and the OGC team work together to stepwise increase Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) for geospatial IT solutions, including software architecture, interface design, information & data models, and related standards and specifications. Testbed participants follow a rapid prototyping approach to design, develop, and test solutions to sponsors’ location-related challenges.

OGC’s annual Testbeds are the Consortium’s largest Innovation Program initiatives. Testbeds boost research and development to make location data and information more FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Testbeds provide a unique opportunity for sponsors to tackle location data and processing challenges together with the world’s leading geospatial IT experts. Solutions developed in OGC Testbeds have gone on to form standards and technologies that now play critical roles in numerous domains across the world.

The technical scope of Testbed-18 is determined in a collaborative process between OGC staff and OGC sponsor organizations. Potentially fruitful technology areas for Testbed-18 to address include, but are not limited to:

  • Web API enhancements 
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Federated Cloud Analytics
  • 3D data
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Cloud Native Processing
  • Linked data and Semantics

A longer list of further potential technology areas that could be addressed in Testbed-18 is available in the Call For Sponsors document.

If you are interested in sponsoring Testbed-18, OGC staff will help you develop detailed requirements, and will identify cross-sponsor synergies for you. Please see the issued Call For Sponsors on the Testbed-18 webpage at ogc.org/testbed18 for more information. Responses are due by September 15, 2021. 

To learn about the benefits of sponsoring an OGC Innovation Program Initiative such as Testbed-18, visit the OGC Innovation Program webpage.

About OGC
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a collective problem-solving community of experts from more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.
The global OGC Community engages in a mix of activities related to location-based technologies: developing consensus-based open standards and best-practice; collaborating on agile innovation initiatives; engaging in community meetings, events, and workshops; and more.
OGC’s unique standards development process moves at the pace of innovation, with constant input from technology forecasting, practical prototyping, real-world testing, and community engagement.
OGC bridges disparate sectors, domains, and technology trends, and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas between different communities of practice to improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating an inclusive and sustainable future.
Visit ogc.org for more info on our work.


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