SWIM Discovery Service Workshop

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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted the SWIM Discovery Service (SDS) Technical Review Workshop, held virtually on September 9, 2020.

This 3-hour community workshop was used by the FAA to solicit feedback from the OGC technical community on the FAA SDS Implementation Specification. The workshop afforded attendees an opportunity to provide and review technical feedback regarding the new SDS specification directly with the FAA SWIM team. Participants relayed feedback on the spec's design and modeling, expected ease of implementation by developers, and scalability at a global level.

The Workshop report is forthcoming. Background information on the original call for contributions is provided below.


The SDS 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.

Service discovery is a critical success factor for the overall usability of a service. If a potential service consumer is unable to find a service, then a shared information environment like SWIM fails to achieve its purpose. At its most general level, service discovery is a process of locating information about services that may meet service consumer business needs.

Who Should Respond?

  • Members of the OGC Aviation Domain Working Group.
  • Representatives of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), such as developers, modelers, implementers, technical managers, or members of their SWIM teams.
  • Software developers/technical managers from non-Aviation domains who have encountered similar use cases in their environments.

Why Respond?

This is a great opportunity for the community to gain insights into what the FAA will be using to expose its own SWIM registry and services to the world. As such, it’s also an opportunity to inject lessons learned from other domains and/or your own experience to accelerate the development of the specification and its uptake at a global level. You will get to influence inter-SWIM service discovery amongst ANSPs and improve global SWIM interoperability. Outcomes of the workshop will be documented in the form of an OGC Engineering Report. The final report will be publicly available once released by the OGC Committees.

How to Respond

Register for the workshop here. OGC members and non-members alike are invited to contribute. International representation is strongly encouraged from Europe, Canada, and the APAC region.

To get an invitation, email Scott Serich [sserich [at] ogc.org] no later than September 2 with the following information (please do not exceed 2 pages):

  • Name of organization.
  • Point of contact and contact information.
  • Type of organization (ANSP, product provider, application provider, etc).
  • Industry (Aviation, Environmental, Earth Observation, multiple) and your experience in service discovery.
  • Initial comments on the SDS:
    • Does the architecture describe the right behavior, information and resource models?
    • Are the interface requirements adequate for service discovery across SWIMs?
    • Are the security requirements sufficiently stated?
    • Does this model align with your experience with service discovery as designed and implemented in other domains?
    • What would you recommend changing before this specification is implemented?
    • Do you have any feedback with regard to ease of implementation, interoperability and scalability of the specification?
    • Optional: comments may be included in a copy of the SDS Implementation Spec Comments and Resolutions form.

For questions and feedback, reach out to Scott Serich [sserich [at] ogc.org] with the subject “FAA SDS Spec Workshop.