OGC Calls for Participation in Major Interoperability Testbed

Please note:  This Request is scheduled to close on 20 November 2015 at 5:00 pm EST (US) for Aviation proposals. All other proposals are due 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 11 December 2015.



A Testbed 12 Bidders Q&A Webinar was held on 2 November 2015 at 11:00 am Eastern Time. 

    Slide Presentation at Webinar


Response to questions and any other clarifications are posted here:

    Clarifications to requirements

Open Date: 
Friday, 2015-10-23
Closing Date: 
Friday, 2015-12-11



The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a Request for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) in the OGC Testbed 12 Interoperability Testbed.

Testbed 12 sponsors have documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this testbed initiative. Organizations selected to participate in Testbed 12 will develop solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios, which are described in detail in the RFQ/CFP. Participants’ solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in Testbed 12. Prototype specifications may ultimately become OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.

Testbed 12 Sponsors include:

  • DigitalGlobe, Inc.
  • European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL)
  • US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • UK Defense Science and Technology Lab (UK-DSTL)
  • US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • A US Government agency

The RFQ/CFP and information about Testbed 12 are available below. Responses are due by 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 20 November 2015.

Testbed 12 requirements were received from sponsors in the following areas:

  • Aviation
  • Geospatial Imagery Quality Framework
  • Coverage Access and Visualization
  • General Feature Model (GFM), Catalogs, and Semantics
  • OGC Baseline Enhancements
  • Compression and Generalization
  • Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and GeoPackage

These requirements have been organized into the following affinity groups called technology “threads”:

  • Field Operations (FO) Thread
  • Large-Scale Analytics (LSA) Thread
  • Linked Data and Advanced Semantics for Data Discovery and Dynamic Integration (LDS) Thread
  • Command Center (COC) Thread
  • Consolidation (CON) Thread
  • Aviation (AVI) Thread
  • Compliance Testing (COM) Thread

This leading-edge technology work has enormous potential for testbed stakeholders – both technology users and technology providers. Shared investment in spatial standards brings improved sharing and integration of spatial information, which has widespread and longstanding value for sponsors and for society at large. Technology providers gain market exposure, market intelligence, and a chance to quickly take advantage of the business opportunities that arise with the introduction of new standards and associated technical capabilities.

Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Scott Serich, Director Interoperability Programs (techdesk [at] opengeospatial.org). See http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip for more information about the 16-year-old Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned and managed.



Click a link below to download individual files or a complete package for the RFQ/CFP.

DOWNLOAD RFP/CFP PACKAGE (as .zip archive)

Complete Testbed 12 RFQ/CFP (zipped pdf format) 


Testbed 12 RFQ Main Body (pdf)
Testbed 12 RFQ Annex A (pdf)
Testbed 12 RFQ Annex B (pdf)

RFQ/CFP RESPONSE TEMPLATES (also included in above zip)

Testbed 12 RFQ Response Template (doc)
Testbed 12 Finance Spreadsheet Template (xls)