Completed OGC Initiatives

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Initiative Project ScopeFinish date
Routing Pilot SprintThe goal is to finalize the Routes - Part 1: Core and the Route Exchange Model candidate standards and develop 3 implementations of each standard. These should prove out the existing documentation from the Routing SWG, and address issues and future works. Everything in the Sprint should be documented in the GitHub repository. 2022-01-31
Interoperable Simulation and Gaming Year 2The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), through its Innovation Program, is advancing geospatial interoperability of systems exchanging 3D content. OGC is working with the Khronos Group and various OGC Working Groups to advance interoperability of 3D geospatial and computer graphics using OGC CDB, Khronos glTF, and related 3D standards. Prototyping work is advancing interoperability for Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination, as well as open standard interfaces critical to enabling novel combinations of emerging technologies to bridge Special Operations Forces (SOF) capability gaps. 2021-09-21
Data Cube InteroperabilityData cubes, multidimensional arrays of data, are used frequently these days, but differences in design, interfaces, and handling of temporal characteristics are causing interoperability challenges for anyone interacting with more than one solution. To address these challenges, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) invited global data cube experts to discuss state-of-the-art and way forward at the “Towards Data Cube Interoperability” workshop. 2021-08-31
Modernizing SDI: Data Interoperability for Cumulative Effects CDSThe goal of the Concept Development Study (CDS) is to answer the primary question “How can an ocean of environmental, foundational/framework, biological, socio economic and other data, from multiple different sources, and with varying levels of standardization, be readily consumed and integrated by scientists and citizens alike with a specific focus on cumulative effects?” 2021-06-01
Building Energy Mapping and Analytics CDSConcept Development Study investigating the broad state of development of energy mapping and analytics in building stock as well as delineating architecture and standards to enable mapping and analytics of residential energy use efficiency 2021-05-31
OGC Testbed-16The OGC Testbed is an annual research and development program that explores geospatial technology from various angles. It takes the OGC Baseline into account, though at the same time allows to explore selected aspects with a fresh pair of eyes. Testbed-16 evaluates the maturity of the Earth Observation Cloud Architecture that has been developed over the last two years as part of various OGC Innovation Program initiatives in a real world environment. 2021-03-31
OGC UML-to-GML Application Schema Pilot 2020 (UGAS-2020)The goal of this Pilot is to advance the state-of-the-art in UML-to-GML Application Schema (UGAS) transformations and related technologies. 2020-12-31
NextGEOSSThe main general objectives for NextGEOSS are to 1) Deliver the next generation data hub and Earth Observation exploitation for innovation and business; 2) Engage communities, promoting innovative GEOSS powered applications from Europe; and 3) Advocate GEOSS as a sustainable European approach for Earth Observation data distribution and exploitation. NextGEOSS is a European contribution to GEOSS 2020-11-30
3D IoT Platform for Smart Cities PilotAdvance the use of open standards for integrating environmental, building, and IoT data in Smart Cities. Better understand the capabilities to be supported by a 3D IoT Smart City Platform under CityGML, IndoorGML, and SensorThings API. Scenarios being explored include real-time monitoring of micro-dust and indoor occupancy. 2020-11-30
SWIM Discovery Service WorkshopThis Workshop was used by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to solicit feedback from the OGC technical community on the SWIM Discovery Service (SDS) Implementation Specification. This specification describes the enabling technologies and practices that support service discovery among independently developed and autonomously managed discovery mechanisms. The specification is designed to work specifically to improve service discovery across SWIM environments and to improve inter-SWIM interoperability discovery. Participants provided feedback on its design and modeling, expected ease of implementation by developers, and scalability at a global level. 2020-11-20
Earth Observation Applications PilotThe OGC Innovation Program initiative OGC Earth Observation Applications Pilot, conducted between December 2019 and July 2020. The pilot explored an Earth Observation Application software architecture that was developed in OGC Testbeds 13-15. The architecture allows the deployment and execution of externally developed applications on Earth Observation data and processing platforms. 2020-09-30
3D Data Container and Tiles PilotExplore an integrated suite of draft specifications for 3D tiled geospatial resources and compatibility with existing OGC 3D delivery standards such as the 3D Portrayal Service, I3S, and 3D Tiles Community Standard. 2020-09-30
Interoperable Simulation and Gaming (ISG) Sprint (Year 1)The goal of the Sprint was to advance the use of relevant OGC and Khronos standards in the modeling and simulation community through practical exercise and testing of the draft specification produced by the 3D Data Container and Tiles API Pilot. Of particular interest is the handling and integration of glTF models coming from multiple sources. There is secondary interest in the spec's implementability, consistency, completeness, and maturity. Implementation experiences obtained from the Sprint will advance the interests and work of the OGC Interoperable Simulation and Gaming Domain Working Group (ISG DWG) and of the OGC Standards Baseline in general. 2020-09-15
Vector Tiles Pilot Phase 2The objective of Vector Tiles Pilot Phase 2 is to deliver a consistent, interoperable online/offline architecture for vector tiles based on feature and tile servers, and GeoPackage. 2020-07-31
Maritime Limits and Boundaries (MLB) PilotImplement prototypes based on the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) S-121 standard for maritime limits and boundaries data structure and exchange. Advance the implementation of the S-121 data model and architecture and implement operational prototypes to support the creation, management, integration, dissemination and onward use of official data for maritime baselines, limits, zones and boundaries. 2020-06-23
OGC Testbed 15The OGC Testbed is an annual research and development program that explores geospatial technology from various angles. It takes the OGC Baseline into account, though at the same time allows to explore selected aspects with a fresh pair of eyes. Testbed-15 explores new levels of interoperable geospatial data processing with a focus on data-centric security, federated clouds, service & application discovery, portrayal, machine learning, and delta updates. 2020-02-28
ESIP and OGC API - Coverages and Processing Analytics SprintThe Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) are convening an agile development sprint to advance APIs for analytics on coverages, arrays, and gridded data. 2020-02-28
Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA)The Smart Cities Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) Pilot developed and tested an interoperable requirements-based architecture framework for Smart Cities in support of the public safety sector. It researched, designed, and tested SCIRA as an interoperable framework that integrates commercial proprietary IoT sensors for public safety applications at the community level. 2020-01-31
Disasters Pilot 2019The OGC Disasters Resilience Pilot 2019 focused on the demonstration of the usefulness of standards and SDI architecture within the Disaster community. This Pilot built on previous work that was executed as the Disasters Interoperability Concept Development Study (CDS) and was documented in the OGC Development of Disaster Spatial Data Infrastructures for Disaster Resilience. 2020-01-30
DataBioDATABIO focused on the data intensive target sector Data-Driven Bioeconomy. More specifically, DATABIO explored the potential of Big Data integration and analytics in the domains agriculture, forestry, and fishery/aquaculture; taking into account interoperability and sustainability aspects in the heterogeneous European bioeconomy landscape. 2019-12-31
UGAS-2019The UGAS-2019 Pilot was undertaken in order to improve and enhance the present capabilities of ShapeChange in order to meet current and emerging technology requirements associated with the NSG Application Schema (NAS). 2019-12-31
STAC and OGC API - Features and Catalogues SprintOGC has been developing a new generation of web API standards leveraging OpenAPI to document requirements for implementation. In parallel, but in close coordination, the STAC community has been advancing a specification focused on imagery catalogs, which is based on OGC API - Features. The purpose of this Sprint was to work on the Query and Filter operations for data that will extend functionality of OGC API - Features [] and OGC API - Catalogue []. 2019-12-31
Borehole Interoperability Experiment Borehole and associated data are crucial for many domains. They are used in any domain that need to probe the underground; geology (hydrogeology, oil and gas, mining), civil engineering (utilities, constructions, transportation) and environment (ice coring, limnology, etc.). The Borehole Interoperability Experiment defines a domain neutral semantic for a general concept of borehole and produce a public OGC engineering report summarizing the overall cross-domain, inter-standard findings and recommendations for a best practice implementation that should follow. 2019-11-30
CityGML ChallengeThe purpose of the Challenge was to encourage software developers to configure visualisation software tools to support the capabilities of version 3 of CityGML, including dynamic data feeds from a range of sensors. The resulting tools and visualisation environment have been made openly available for one year for wider non-commercial experimentation and innovation purposes, in particular as part of a Triangulum Innovation Challenge focused on energy and mobility applications. The expectation was for this visualisation to operate from a database representation of the City Model that conform to the CityGML 3 conceptual model, and are not be dependent on any of the CityGML encodings. 2019-11-30
Indoor Mapping and Navigation PilotAddresses key geospatial challenges related to indoor mapping and navigation in preplanning operations for first responders. Leverages standardized, open GIS frameworks, data models, and data exchange formats (e.g. CityGML, IndoorGML, WPS, and WFS) to stimulate the rapid generation of prototypes and demonstrations that address the key first-responder preplanning activities. 2019-10-31
Routing PilotThe Open Routing API Pilot developed new capabilities to easily share routes and prototype APIs able to use routing data from any source - based on the next generation of OGC APIs. 2019-09-08
Mixed Reality to the Edge CDSThe goal of this Concept Development Study (CDS) was to demonstrate to stakeholders the diversity, richness and value of new and emerging technologies for 3d processing, curation, and analytics in support of users in potentially disconnected computing environments. Specifically, consider from an interoperability perspective what data sources, technologies, analytics and associated IT services that were required for addressing the needs for the convergence of geospatial 3d modelling, simulation, and gaming integrated with machine learning for automated 3d workflows for such activities as enhanced decision support, mission rehearsal, and/or situational understanding. This included the role of AI along with AR and VR for enhanced visualization and decision support. 2019-08-01
OGC API Hackathon 2019The goal of the hackathon was to advance the development of OGC API specifications by providing an environment and opportunity for the geospatial community to collaborate and work together. It was proposed to include service development and testing, using one or more implementations of OpenAPI/Swagger.  2019-06-30
Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) - CDSThe OGC Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study (MSDI-CDS) assessed the current state of data management and exchange technologies used in the marine domain. 2019-03-31
OGC Testbed 14Testbed-14 explored a variety of geospatial data modeling, access, exchange, processing, and visualisation aspects. More than 200 experts addressed research questions, prototype services and solutions, and developed guidelines and best practices in 15 different themes organised in the 4 Testbed Threads of Compliance and Interoperability Testing (CITE), Earth Observation & Clouds (EOC), Modeling, Portrayal, and Quality of Service (MoPoQ), and Next Generation Services (NextGen). 2019-02-28
CDB Vector Data in GeoPackage Interoperability ExperimentThe CDB Vector Data in GeoPackage Interoperability Experiment has tested encodings of vector data via GeoPackage in the OGC CDB 1.1 Standard and Best Practices. A primary objective of this IE was to inform decision making for possible enhancements in the OGC CDB Standards Working Group (SWG). 2019-02-28
Geospatial to the Edge Interoperability PlugfestThe Geospatial to the Edge Interoperability Plugfest, co-sponsored by Army Geospatial Center and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA/CIO&T) brings together technology implementers and data providers to advance the interoperability of geospatial products and services based on OGC profiles. 2018-12-31
Disasters Interoperability Concept Development StudyThe focus of this study was to understand how to best support the development of, or combination of SDI(s) for the use in disasters, to advance the understanding of stakeholder issues, and serve stakeholders’ needs. The study included stakeholder engagements, workshops and open Request for Information (RFI) that gathered external international positions and opinions on the optimal setup and design of an SDI for disasters. 2018-12-18
Environmental Linked Features Interoperability Experiment (ELFIE)The Environmental Linked Feature Interoperability Experiment (ELFIE) brought interested stakeholders together around the shared goal of providing a best practice for encoding documents expressing links between hydrologic and related features from models including but not limited to HY_Features, GWML2, and SoilIEML as well as observations and related content from a variety of observations and monitoring standards. 2018-12-11
Vector Tiles PilotThe OGC Vector Tiles Pilot requirements were generated from a combination of sponsor input and analysis of typical use cases for tiling of vector feature data across the OGC Standards Baseline and related standards. The driving use case for this activity was the visualization of feature data on a client. The three main scenarios considered were consumption of tiled feature data by a web client, a desktop client and a mobile client. 2018-09-28
Underground Infrastructure PilotThe Model for Underground Data Definition and Interchange (MUDDI) Workshop reviewed potential use case scenarios and provided feedback on how to refine and improve the MUDDI Data Model. It also reviewed a draft version of an underground data RoI model Cost Benefit Assessment of Subterranean Information Management. 2018-08-31
Earth Observation Exploitation Platform Hackathon 2018The Hackathon builds on results from the recently concluded Testbed-13 initiative and paves the way for Tested-14 and subsequent initiatives in the context of deployment and execution of applications in cloud environments. The goal is to demonstrate that the Testbed-13 results, described in the Engineering Reports OGC Testbed-13: Exploitation Platform Application Package and OGC Testbed-13: Application Deployment and Execution Service are fit for purpose. Given that these Engineering Reports state several options, this Hackathon shall identify the best solution and identify any missing elements as basis for Testbed-14 and future initiatives. 2018-07-31
OGC GeoPackage (GPKG) Related Tables Extension Interoperability ExperimentThis OGC interoperability experiment tested a proposed extension to the OGC GeoPackage Encoding Standard (12-128r14). The purpose of the Related Tables extension is to explicitly describe the relation and function of the rows in sub-ordinate tables to features in core GeoPackage feature tables. One real-world application of this extension is the association of media objects to geographic features. 2018-07-10
WFS 3.0 HackathonThe Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) organized a Hackathon to capture developer insight into the draft standard for Web Feature Service (WFS) version 3. This draft standard is evolving in a quite unique fashion with respect to typical standard development and features OpenAPI / Swagger definition of the key service elements. This new approach to the development of WFS3 is based on ideas generated from the OGC/W3C Spatial Data Working Group on the Web Best Practices , the OGC Geospatial API White Paper, and the FGDC Application Programming Interface (API) assessment. Each of these reports recommended an emphasis on APIs in future OGC standards development including use of tools such as OpenAPI. 2018-03-31
Portrayal CDSThe CDS assessed the current state of portrayal of symbology for web-based mapping, ultimately releasing and presenting a report that will provide an overview of the findings and provide recommendations for further action. 2018-03-30
Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction Across the Americas Summit - Simulated Exercise The "Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction Across the Americas: A Regional Summit on the Contributions of Earth Observations" held on September 3-8 in 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina strengthened the collective ability to share the many challenges of disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) while promoting the awareness and better use of earth observations (EO). 2018-02-01
OGC Testbed 13Over 170 individuals from 45 organizations participated in the development of 55 software components that were tested for interoperability. Components with similar interfaces were developed by different organizations and tested by clients - again provided by different organizations - to test and improve the level of interoperability among the software components. Activities addressed 15 tasks and topics organised in the five Testbed Threads: Cross Community Interoperability (CCI), Dynamic Source Integration (DSI), Earth Observation Clouds (EOC), Streaming & 3D Data (S3D), and Compliance Testing (COT). 2018-01-12
Systemic Standardisation Approach to Empower Smart Cities and CommunitiesThe primary ESPRESSO objectives can be summarized into four classes, (1) the Smart Cities information framework, (2) shared semantics and vocabularies, (3) a communication ecosystem, and (4) market enablement and dissemination. 2017-12-31
Indian PlugfestTo support the National Programs on Smart Cities and National GIS / National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) of the Government of India (, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under Government of India is interested in planning and convening an Indian OGC Interoperability Plugfest. This initiative would create a supportive environment for public private partnership to actively test their ability to apply the benefits of OGC standards in improving the ability and efficiency of accessing, sharing and processing various types of government geospatial data/ information via OGC Web Services in support of the above noted Programs as well as governance in general. The Indian OGC Interoperability Plugfest focuses on an initial set of OGC standards deemed by NSDI under DST to be of critical importance to support advancement of the NSDI for sharing geospatial data/ information across the Indian community, including both the public and private sectors. These standards are initially proposed to include: WMS 1.1.1, WMS 1.3, WMTS 1.0, WFS 1.1.0, WFS 2.0.2, City GML 2.0, and GML 3.2.1. 2017-11-17
Underground Infrastructure Concept Development StudyThrough the Underground Infrastructure initiative, OGC and its members seek to lower the barriers to interchange and integration of infrastructure data in a number of critical applications. By means of a common, extensible data model and interchange standards, OGC expects to create a favorable environment that encourages uniform, high quality data development and enables straightforward, timely data integration. This will eventually make it possible to assemble complete “common operating pictures” of what infrastructure is underground whenever and wherever needed. 2017-09-04
Future City Pilot, Phase 1The objective of the OGC pilot project is to demonstrate how use of, CityGML data and IFC data together can provide stakeholders with information, knowledge and insight which enhances financial, environmental, and social outcomes for citizens living in cities. 2017-06-13
API Concept Development StudyThe emphasis of this API Concept Development Study (API CDS) is how APIs can be developed and used in a consistent interoperable manner in the geospatial community. Recommendations may include technologies, system architectures, information models and vocabularies, as well as organizational practices and approaches to governance. 2017-05-31
Arctic Spatial Data PilotThe goal of the Arctic Spatial Data Pilot, sponsored by the US Geological Survey and Natural Resources Canada, is to demonstrate to Arctic stakeholders the diversity, richness and value of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) based on Web services and standardized exchange formats. Stakeholders include national and pan-Arctic science and monitoring organizations and decision makers engaged in Arctic research, social and economic policy, and environmental management. The end goal of the Arctic Spatial Data Pilot is to document and publicize a platform of standards and best practices that can support a rich network of Web-accessible data and service resources for the Arctic. 2017-03-31
European Location FrameworkThe goal of this project is to deliver the European Location Framework (ELF) required to provide up-to-date, authoritative, interoperable, cross-border, reference geo-information for use by the European public and private sectors.This versatile cloud-based and cascade-supporting architecture provides a platform of INSPIRE compliant geo-information, harmonised at a cross-border and pan-European level. 2017-02-01
OGC Testbed 1230 Participant organizations conducted technology integration experiments on 82 interoperable, running component implementations. Participants also delivered 51 documents, including engineering reports, user guides and summary-level artifacts, and 40 Change Requests, for a grand total of 173 technical deliverables. Activities addressed topics such as Clients, OGC Web Services, Architecture, Aviation, Arctic SDI, Big Data, Semantics, and Dynamic Sources. 2017-01-31
Citizen Observatory Web (COBWEB)ENV.2012.6.5-1: Developing community-based environmental monitoring and information systems using innovative and novel earth observation applications 2016-10-31
IMIS IoT PilotThe IMIS IoT Pilot produced initial specifications, profiles, best practices and demonstration designs for connecting sensors and response information systems in an ad hoc fashion for management of disaster and emergency incidents. 2016-09-22
GeoPackage Elevation Extension Interoperability ExperimentThis interoperability experiment (GPKG-EE IE) tested a proposed extension to the OGC GeoPackage Encoding Standard (12-128r1). Testing was achieved by building GeoPackages using the proposed extension and then using those GeoPackages in visualization and analysis software. This IE produced an OGC Engineering Report that discusses whether the elevation extension meets community requirements and can proceed to the OGC standards adoption process. 2016-08-12
CityGML Quality IEThe aim of the CityGML QIE is to define data quality requirements for a general CityGML data specification, to provide recommended implementation guidance for 3D data, and to provide a suite of essential quality checking tools to carry out quality assurance on CityGML data. This will be accomplished by evaluating the quality of existing CityGML data as well as of CityGML sample data sets that have been specifically developed for this experiment with available quality checking tools. The data requirements and recommended implementation guidance will be defined from the insights obtained by these experiments and may serve as input to extend and refine the CityGML standard. This will meet the OGC Membership and community "thirst" for better implementation guidance for each OGC standard, in this case CityGML. 2016-07-20
Soil Data IEThe Soil Data Interoperability Experiment (the IE) was conducted in 2015 under the auspices of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Agriculture Domain Working Group. The IE evaluated existing models and proposed a common core model, including a GML/XML schema, which was tested through the deployment of OGC web services and demonstration clients. 2016-05-20
OGC Testbed 11Testbed-11 sponsors documented interoperability requirements and objectives for activities in the areas of Urban Climate Resilience, Cross-Community Interoperabiity, Aviation, and Geo4NIEM and Security. Thirty organizations participated in Testbed 11 and developed solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios. 2015-06-30
IMIS - Virtual USAIMIS - Virtual USA becomes the de facto national standard for sharing emergency management information across levels of government and the private sector, allowing all users and organizations to use their own systems to share information securely with all others, anywhere in the United States and across international borders, controlling what information is shared, with whom, for how long. 2015-03-29
USGS Interoperability AssessmentThe Interoperability Assessment carried out rigorous testing of USGS web services to identify and correct shortcomings of OGC standards implementations, and highlighted areas in which to improve the user experience with USGS web services. As a result of the project, users can include the improved USGS services more easily in their decisions making and operational activities. 2015-01-31
AAtS Harmonization ProjectThe FAA’s Aircraft Access to System Wide Information Management (AAtS) initiative's goal is to provide aircraft connectivity to the FAA’s SWIM infrastructure to communicate/share aviation data and services. This connectivity will establish a common operating picture between the flight deck and air traffic control for collaborative strategic decision-making. 2014-06-30
OGC Testbed 10OGC Testbed 10 addressed the following activity threads: Cross-Community Interoperability (CCI), Open Mobility, and Aviation. 2014-05-28
OS Plugfest (UKIAP)The purpose of the United Kingdom Interoperability Assessment Plugfest (UKIAP) was to advance the interoperability of geospatial products and services based on OGC standards within the UK geospatial information (GI) community. The results of the Plugfest allowed Ordnance Survey to provide best practice guidance and allowed software companies (commercial and open source) to improve their proucts and make them more interoperable. 2014-03-15
OGP / IPIECA Oil Spill Response Common Operating Picture (COP)The OGP / IPIECA Oil Spill Response Common Operating Picture (COP) project adressed the questions of what is needed is a common picture of reality for different organizations that have different views of the spill so that they all have to deal with it collectively. 2013-12-31
MOSIA Lot 1 ProjectThe MOSIA consortium group (MOdeling Support with standards for Information and Architecture models applied to ATM) is a consortium of organisations with a background in Information management and Information, Service and Architecture modeling from a set of standardisaton organisations, in particular OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium), ISO/TC211, INSPIRE and OMG (Object Management Group). 2013-12-31
HDWG Groundwater 2 IEThis groundwater interoperability experiment (GW2IE) developed and tested the GroundWater Markup Language 2, by harmonizing and advancing existing modeling initiatives such as: GWML1, relevant EU-INSPIRE models (Geology-hydrogeology, Environmental monitoring facilities), GeoSciML, and others. 2013-10-31
Geospatial Enhancement for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) (Geo4NIEM)The Geo4NIEM initiative addressed important Information Exchange requirements leading to development of recommendations to enhance the geospatial capabilities within the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). Sponsors identified specific Information Exchange Packages (IEPs) from Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice/Law Enforcement domain and Maritime domain as representative examples for investigation in this initiative. 2013-09-23
MilOps Geospatial Interoperability Experiment (MOGIE)This MilOps Geospatial Interoperability Experiment (MOGIE) experiment demonstrated that the MilOps Domain model and NIEM v2.1 technical concepts work in combination with geospatial standards as defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (e.g., GML, WFS, WCS, WMS, etc.). 2013-08-30
SWE Maturity Request for InformationThis RFI sought information about successful implementations of SWE to provide the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) with a “state of the practice” and benefits of using SWE. 2013-06-11
Climatology-Hydrology Information Sharing Pilot, Phase 1OGC’s Climatology-Hydrology Information Sharing Pilot, Phase 1 (CHISP-1) project was conducted as a Pilot initiative, a collaborative effort that applies technology elements from the OGC Technical Baseline and other (non-OGC) technologies to address Sponsor requirements and scenarios.The Pilot was conducted to “stress test” a set of OGC standards based on real-world application and experience. 2013-04-30
Earth Observation and ENVironmental modelling for the mitigation of HEAlth risksEO2HEAVEN contributed to a better understanding of the complex relationships between environmental changes and their impact on human health. The project monitored changes induced by human activities, with emphasis on atmospheric, river, lake and coastal marine pollution. EO2HEAVEN designed and developed methods and tools to correlate environmental data with exposure and health data, to support the collection and integration of data and to visualise results in their geographical context. The overall aim is to support research of human exposure and early detection of potential health endangerments. 2013-03-30
OGC Web Services, Phase 9In OWS-9 participants developed and demonstrated the use of the Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) and the Weather Exchange Model (WXXM) in an OGC Web Services environment, focusing on support for several Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project requirements as well as FAA (US Federal Aviation Administration) Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) and Aircraft Access to SWIM (System Wide Information Management) (AAtS) requirements. The Cross-Community Interoperability Thread built on the CCI work accomplished in OWS–8 by increasing interoperability within communities sharing geospatial data, focusing on semantic mediation, query results delivery, data provenance and quality and Single Point of Entry Global Gazetteer. The Security and Services Interoperability Thread investigated Security Management, OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) Encoding Standard Application Schema UGAS (UML to GML Application Schema) Updates, Web Services Façade, Reference Architecture Profiling, and Bulk Data Transfer. The OWS Innovations thread explored topics that represent either new areas of work for the Consortium (such as GPS and Mobile Applications), a desire for new approaches to existing technologies to solve new challenges (such as the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) work), or some combination of the two. The Compliance & Interoperability Testing & Evaluation (CITE) Thread developed a suite of compliance test scripts for testing and validation of products with interfaces implementing the following OGC standards: Web Map Service (WMS) 1.3 Interface Standard, Web Feature Service (WFS) 2.0 Interface Standard, Geography Markup Language (GML) 3.2.1 Encoding Standard, OWS Context 1.0 (candidate encoding standard), Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards, Web Coverage Service for Earth Observation (WCS-EO) 1.0 Interface Standard, and TEAM (Test, Evaluation, And Measurement) Engine Capabilities. 2013-01-18
3D Portrayal IEThe 3D Portrayal Interoperability Experiment (IE) successfully tested and demonstrated different mechanisms for the portrayal, delivery, and exploitation of 3D geodata based on open standards-based formats and services. The IE intended to identify, test, and further develop technologies and workflows that may be the foundation of spatial data infrastructures with a requirement for rapid visualization of extremely large and complex 3D geodata. Main focus of the IE was on draft candidate standards for Web 3D Service and Web View Service. The IE included digital landscape models, city models, and interior models, e.g., in the CityGML data format, as well as different client configurations. 2012-10-31
HDWG Forecasting IEThis interoperability experiment advanced the development of WaterML 2.0 and tested its use in a forecasting context with various OGC service standards (SOS, SES, WFS, WMS and WCS). It also contributed to a co-operation with the Met-Ocean domain working group. Where relevant to the forecasting context, it contributed to the development and evaluation of a hydrology domain feature model and vocabularies, which are essential for interoperability in the hydrology domain, although these were not the main focus for the IE. 2012-09-30
Aviation SAA PilotThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) SAA Dissemination OGC Pilot demonstrated the feasibility of automating the dissemination and portrayal of Special Activity Airspace (SAA) information (including updates) to National Airspace System (NAS) stakeholders and other external users via OGC Web Services. 2012-06-15
OGC Web Services, Phase 8OWS-8 addressed the following areas: Observation Fusion, Geosynchronization (Gsync), Cross-Community Interoperability (CCI), and Aviation. 2011-12-31
OWS Shibboleth IEThe IE, initiated by OGC Members Cadcorp, EDINA, and Snowflake Software, demonstrated the use of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) with OGC Web Services including use of Shibboleth. This IE is built on ESDIN best practices and a previous OGC Authentication Interoperability Experiment that was not led by ESDIN. To finalize this activity a best practice report was presented at the OGC Technical Committee meeting in Boulder, CO, September 2011. 2011-11-30
HDWG Surface Water IEThis interoperability experiment advanced the development of WaterML 2.0, test its use with various OGC service standards (SOS, WFS, WMS and CSW). It will also contribute to the development of a hydrology domain feature model and vocabularies, which are essential for interoperability in the hydrology domain. 2011-09-30
OGC Water Information Services Concept Development The OGC Water Information Services Concept Development explored appropriate architectures and procedures for migrating the CUAHSI HIS to the OGC-based WaterML 2.0 encoding (profile of OGC O&M standard) and OGC web services such as Sensor Observation Service (SOS), Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Mapping Service (WMS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), and Catalogue Service for the Web (CSW). 2011-07-12
GeoMobile and Internet of ThingsThis workshop explored the role of location inexpanding GeoWeb to an Internet of Things. The workshop seeks presentations on functions enabled bygeographic location and to location relative to surrounding objects. Most of the objects will be indoor in a3D setting. The workshop also seeks presentations on relevant technologies such as location determination, geocoding, schemas for points of interest, ad-hoc network formation based on location, processing of information of the objects to detect phenomena of interest and location based services. Technology standards will be important for interoperability at this scale, e.g., OpenLS, CityGML, and Sensor Web Enablement standards from the OGC. 2011-05-25
HDWG Groundwater IEThe Groundwater (GW) IE concluded that delivery of groundwater feature data via WFS and GWML, and delivery of groundwater observation data via SOS and WaterML 2, was adequate for schematic interoperability across the US and Canada border, only once best practices were developed for the deployment of these standards and related technologies. It also concluded that deployment of the standards, specifications, and best practices by clients allowed for reasonable viewing and downloading of feature and observation data. However, querying groundwater observations, as time series, is still a challenging task requiring further development of standards. 2011-03-23
Ocean Science Interoperability Experiment IIThe Ocean IE will advance several areas of understanding and application of OGC specifications in to web services for interoperable ocean science. In particular will advance SOS services. 2011-01-03
Fusion Standards Study, Part 2: Decision FusionThe study examined Fusion in three categories: Sensor Fusion, Feature/Object Fusion and Decision Fusion. The OGC Engineering Report for Phase 1 of the study documents the evaluation of the current state of standards for each of these three categories. One of the recommendations of Phase 1 was that a second phase should be conducted to evaluate the broad topic of decision fusion. 2010-12-17
OGC Web Services, Phase 7The OWS-7 addressed the following threads: Sensor Fusion Enablement (SFE), Feature and Decision Fusion (FDF), Aviation. 2010-09-17
Authentication IEThe Authentication Interoperability Experiment tested standard ways of transferring authentication information between OGC clients and OGC services by leveraging mechanisms already existing in the transport protocol (HTTP and SOAP). The following mechanisms were planned to be tested: HTTP Authentication, HTTP Cookies, SSL/X509, SAML, Shibboleth, amd OpenID. 2010-06-12
AECOO-1 TestbedThe Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner Operator, Phase 1 (AECOO-1) Testbed developed and implemented methods to streamline communications between parties in the conceptual design phase to get an early understanding of the tradeoffs between construction cost and energy efficiency. To that end, the project developed the interoperability components required for these analyses in collaborative team settings. 2010-06-04
CYBELECYBELE develops large scale HPC-enabled test beds in the domain of agri-food and delivers a distributed big data management architecture and a data management strategy for Precision Agriculture and Precision Lifestock Farming. OGC primarily supports the CYBELE Common Semantic Data Model design and standardization activities. CYBELE is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 825355.
Energy Utilities Data Sharing for Wildfires StudyThe overall goal of this initiative is to advance the interoperability of information systems to help energy utility companies share data and improve wildfire risk reduction, response, recovery and resilience. The envisioned project has two parts. This initial phase is a Concept Development Study. A subsequent phase will take the form of an Interoperability Pilot.
OGC Testbed-17OGC Testbeds are OGC’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.

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