OGC Testbed-17

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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is undertaking its Testbed-17 Innovation Program Initiative, a collaborative effort to rapidly prototype, design, develop and test solutions to location-related problems. Testbed-17 outcomes are expected to shape the future of geospatial software architectures, processing, and data handling. Testbed sponsors supported this vision with cost-sharing funds to partially offset the costs associated with development, engineering, and demonstration of these outcomes. These funds enabled participants to recoup a portion of their initiative expenses.

As an OGC Innovation Program activity, Testbed-17 emphasizes the evaluation of what should be in a specification, how the specification should act, and how specification-based software should respond. Draft specifications and change requests are feeding the OGC Standards Program, where they will be reviewed, revised, and potentially approved as new international open standards that can reach millions of individuals.

Organizations selected to participate in Testbed-17 will develop prototype solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements, and scenarios that are described in detail in the Testbed-17 Call For Participation (and here is the PDF version). Prototype solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in Testbed-17. Specifications may become official, member approved OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.

OGC Testbeds are part of an OGC's Innovation Program, a collaborative, agile, and hands-on prototyping and engineering environment where sponsors and OGC members come together to address location interoperability challenges while validating international open standards.

Organizations interested in learning more about, or participating in, Testbed-17 can contact the OGC Innovation Program team using this contact form.

Testbed-17 Kickoff and Execution

The Testbed-17 (virtual) Kickoff Workshop was held April 6-9.

OGC members wishing to observe any of the testbed activities (including Kickoff meeting recordings) may join the Testbed-17 Portal Project by clicking through this Observer Agreement.

Testbed-17 is undertaking research & development (R&D) in real-world environments to advance technologies in the following areas:

  • Thread 1: Advanced Sensor Integration (ASI):
    • Moving Features from Full Motion Imagery.
    • Web API for Aviation (OGC API-Aviation).
    • Sensor Integration.
  • Thread 2: Security, Clouds, and Model Driven Architecture (SCM):
    • COG & Zarr: Specification & Evaluation.
    • Data Centric Security Across OGC APIs and Federated Clouds.
    • Model Driven Standards.
  • Thread 3: Interoperability through APIs (ITA):
    • Attracting Developers: Lowering the entry hurdle for OGC Web API experiments.
    • Geo Data Cubes.
    • OGC Features and Geometries JSON.
    • Compliance Interoperability and Testing Evaluation (CITE).

The Testbed-17 CFP contains the Master Schedule. A summary is provided below for convenience.


Among the organizations providing Testbed-17 sponsorship are the following OGC members:

  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
  • European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
  • US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program.
  • US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

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European Space Agency (ESA)

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Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

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US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM)

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US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Call for Participation

Responses to the Call for Participation (CFP) were due in January. Copies of the CFP are available in HTML format and in PDF format.

Here are links to the slide deck and the recording (about 140MB) from the Bidders Q&A Webinar held on January 13. Step-by-step instructions on how to submit a proposal (in addition to the instructions in the CFP itself) were provided in the 1-hour video (about 320MB) How to submit a Testbed-17 CFP Proposal. It covered much of the same content as was covered in the Bidders Q&A Webinar.

Call for Sponsorship

Responses to the Call For Sponsors were due on September 1, 2020. Offers of additional sponsorship may still be made, however. Interested parties should submit an inquiry using the Additional Message textbox in the OGC Innovation Program Contact Form.

To learn about the benefits of sponsoring any OGC IP Initiative in general, visit the OGC Innovation Program webpage.


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 problems.

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.

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 530 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty free, publicly available geospatial standards. Existing at the cutting edge, OGC actively analyzes and anticipates emerging tech trends, and runs an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) lab that builds and tests innovative prototype solutions to members' use cases. OGC members together form a global forum of experts and communities that use location to connect people with technology and improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating a sustainable future for us, our children, and future generations.

Visit ogc.org for more information on our work.