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Architecture Implementation Pilot Call for Participation (CFP)

Please note: The submission period for this request is closed.

CFP Issuance Date: 18 April 2007
Response Due Date: 11 May 2007
Pilot Kickoff Meeting: 5-6 June 2007

This Call for Participation (CFP) seeks participants in a coordinated Geospatial Architecture Implementation Pilot. A Pilot is a collaborative effort that applies open standards for interoperability to achieve user objectives in an environment representative of operational use. Outcomes include best-practices and interoperability arrangements suitable for an operational capability. An aim of the Pilot is to reach consensus on architectural elements that initiatives supporting geospatial information systems can carry forward into operations, thereby increasing the overall level of interoperability.

This CFP seeks proposals from organizations involved with Earth Observation systems to:

  • Identify components with services, e.g., portals, catalogs and other services;
  • Participate in confirming the interoperability of those identified services using standards and interoperability arrangements as identified in the preliminary architecture of this CFP; and,
  • Participate in the collaborative development of societal benefit scenarios to guide testing and demonstrations of the identified interoperable services.

Organizations responding to the CFP should plan to fully participate in the Pilot development activities beginning with the Kickoff Workshop.

The CFP was initiated to solicit response for the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot identified by the GEOSS Architecture and Data Committee as an essential step in moving forward to an operational capability. The Pilot aims to incorporate contributed components consistent with the GEOSS Architecture - using a GEO Web Portal and a GEOSS Clearinghouse search facility - to access services through GEOSS Interoperability Arrangements in support of the GEO Societal Benefit Areas. The GEO Task AR-07-02 will conduct this pilot consistent with the request of the GEO Plenary.

Interest in the Geospatial Pilot has already been expressed by two other organizations which have offered their pilots for collaboration with GEOSS. In the interest of providing a broad assessment of capabilities, the collaboration of these pilots provides opportunities to address interoperability on a broad scale. The Pilots are:

  • The Tri-Lateral Interoperability Pilot is a collaborative, open standards development, supporting collective requirements of organizations responsible for national and regional "Spatial Data Infrastructures" in Europe (INSPIRE), Canada (GeoConnections), and the U.S.A. (FGDC)
  • The Federated Earth Observation Missions (FedEO) Pilot provides a broad international venue for operational prototyping and demonstration of Earth Observation (EO) requirements and protocols as defined by the European Space Agency (ESA), together with other space agencies (ASI, CNES, CSA, DLR) and users (EUSC) and other OGC members.
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GeoWeb 2007

Monday, 2007-07-23
Friday, 2007-07-27

From Mashups to Infrastructure—GeoWeb 2007

GeoWeb 2007’s principal theme, “From Mashups to Infrastructure,” reflects the breadth, the evolution and the growing maturity of the GeoWeb. This theme acknowledges the highly visible consumer applications that helped spawn the GeoWeb while emphasizing that the GeoWeb is increasingly playing a meaningful role in mainstream, mission-critical applications. As such, the GeoWeb is now a key component in critical decision-making across a broad spectrum of market segments and application domains.

The Call for Papers for GeoWeb 2007 is now closed. Check back soon for program details.


GeoWeb sponsorships are still available! Click here for sponsorship details.

Want more information? Please info [at] geoweb.org (contact us)!

GeoWeb 2007 Key Facts
Date July 23rd-27th, 2007
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Venue Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Expected Attendance 350-400
Type of Audience International senior decision-makers, industry leaders and technologists
Types of Markets

• Defense and Homeland Security
• Consumer and Business Services
• Oil, Gas and Energy
• Nautical/Aeronautical information Systems
• Insurance and Risk Management
• Transportation and Logistics
• Utilities
• Municipal Information Systems & GSDI
• Property and Asset Management
• Building Information Model (BIM)
• Emergency Response and Disaster Management
• Environmental Systems

The Geospatial Web

This newly released book outlines the concept of the GeoWeb and references last year's GeoWeb conference. Get details now.

Edited by: Arno Scharl, Prof Klaus Tochtermann
Know-Center and Graz University of Technology
Graz, Austria

Also, read coverage of last year's GeoWeb event from Earth Imaging Newsletter and Geospatial Solutions.


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OGC uses a self signed root certificate, which means it has not been signed by an already trusted Certificate Authority. The OpenGIS Certificate Authority is being used to issue certificates to identify servers at The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. OGC Web and e-mail servers, for example, use their certificates to provide SSL connections. In order for software to verify certificates signed by the OpenGIS CA, the CA's root certificate must be installed in the software and accepted as trustworthy.

Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Interoperability Pilot (CGDI IP): Request For Quotation And Call For Participation

Please note: The submission period for this request is closed. Clarifications have been issued.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is releasing a Request For Quotation and Call for Participation (hereafter referred to as RFQ/CFP) to solicit your proposal in response to a refined set of requirements for the CGDI Interoperability Pilot. This request is issued as an RFQ/CFP for two reasons. The first reason is that GeoConnections as sponsor is providing cost-sharing funds to offset expenses uniquely associated with the initiative. The second reason is that GeoConnections and OGC intend to involve as many participants in the initiative as possible and thus are soliciting contributory proposals that will enhance and/or make use of the initiative outcomes.

Candidate Submission: Tue, 2007-04-10 12:00
Close request period: Wed, 2007-05-02 23:59

CGDI Interoperability Pilot Overview


Clarifications have been issued. updated: 2007-04-27 10:25:24



One of the tenets of the CGDI is the widespread dissemination of data which is at the same time managed at or near its source. Late in 2005, GeoConnections commissioned AMEC of Oakville, Ontario to investigate the use of technology based on the Open Geospatial Consortium's Web Feature Service (WFS) standard to better meet this objective. Recommendations made in the ensuing AMEC 2006 report, "Web Feature Services, Considerations for CGDI Government Partners" included taking primary steps to properly adopt and effectively use WFS within the CGDI.

In spring of 2006 some CCOG members approached GeoConnections about enhancing their current services in order to provide framework data to GeoBase within a distributed computing environment. As a follow-up to the AMEC report and CCOG requests, GeoConnections then invited CCOG and IACG members to participate in a pilot project to assess the opportunities afforded by WFS technology to improve the management and dissemination of CGDI data.

Objectives and Benefits

The renewed GeoConnections program is primarily focused on both enhancing and applying the CGDI. This opportunity for working in collaboration with the provincial partners will test better mechanisms for the distribution and updating of framework data, providing users with access to the most current and authoritative data, avoiding version disparities, and minimizing duplication.

Provincial partners have communicated interest in establishing WFS as a standard for providing wide access to data from distributed locations closest to their source. As source data providers for GeoBase framework data, provincial stakeholders will receive assistance with the implementation of onsite WFS components both in a technical and business sense. Assistance will be made available in the form of financial contributions for labour, software, and data publishing. This will allow providers to maintain control over the data they own while contributing at the same time to a national view of that data. Project results will aid CCOG members in planning the future production implementation of a distributed architecture for GeoBase data management and distribution.

Data users require authoritative geospatial information, accessible directly from as close as possible to its source, in order to make timely and effective decisions. Evolving the GeoBase portal to operate in a more distributed fashion and making maintenance transactions more efficient will help to meet those user requirements. Such GeoBase improvements will be realized through the development of partnerships, data standards and encouragement of sharing. Working with data providers to improve the maintenance of GeoBase framework data is a particular priority for GeoConnections.

Private sector technology providers will be brought into the project through a competitive process. They will assist the project partners in the deployment of the WFS technology.


This project proposed by GeoConnections in conjunction with CCOG members will focus on three vector-based data themes:

  • Geographic Name;
  • National Road Network;
  • Administrative Boundaries;

The functional scope of this project includes investigations in the following areas:

  • Access by users to closest-to-source data
  • Transactional updates exchanged between data suppliers and GeoBase
  • Use of a distributed services architecture to support performant end-user online applications

The project will include participants from provincial and federal agencies and from the private sector. Agencies will participate at different levels, some will work with private sector partners while others will use their existing infrastructures to provide access to manage and disseminate data. The information gained during the execution of this project will benefit all project participants as well as the broader CGDI community.


Discussions with potential project partners for this project were initiated in the second half of 2006. A contract with Open Geospatial Consortium, Herndon, Va., to provide technical management and architecture support was initiated in January 2007. Refinement of the requirements and the Project Concept document is completed in March 2007 and the competition to select industrial partners will be completed by May 2006. The technology deployments will be complete by October 2007 and this will be followed by a 6 month pre-operational phase.


Clarifications have been issued.


Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] opengeospatial.org (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template.
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Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM)

In March, 2007 the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) membership approved the Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM), an abstract specification for the management of digital rights in the area of geospatial data and services. The GeoDRM RM is Topic 18 of the OpenGIS® Abstract Specification.

The goal of the GeoDRM effort in the OGC is to make sure that a larger market has access to geospatial resources through a well understood and common mechanism that enables more than today's "all or nothing" protection. A major motivation for this effort is the need to manage the "ownership obstacle to data sharing" in spatial data infrastructure scenarios.

How OGC Membership Helps Organizations Involved in Homeland Security

Since 9/11, it has become much more obvious that federal, state and local agencies must depend on each other to fulfill their complementary missions in times of crisis as well as in ordinary times. Sharing geospatial information is critical in such cooperation, and standards enable the interoperability that makes information sharing possible.

In 2004, the Geospatial Information Office (GIS) in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) CIO office developed an enterprise architecture view for the department's IT modernization blueprint. As reported in GCN (http://www.gcn.com/print/23_17/26481-1.html), Ryan Cast, the DHS's geospatial information officer, said that an interagency task force had determined how geospatial information applies to each layer of the architecture. "We were able to identify 67 out of 77 homeland security business activities that have a geospatial context," Cast said. "The DHS EA team will integrate our information into the overall architecture."