OGC Testbed-16

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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) recently completed its Testbed-16 Innovation Initiative, a collaborative effort to rapidly prototype, design, develop and test solutions to location-related problems. Testbed-16 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 (IP) activity, Testbed-16 emphasized 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 are being reviewed, revised, and potentially approved as new international open standards that can reach millions of individuals.

Testbed-16 evaluated the maturity of the Earth Observation Cloud Architecture that has been developed over the last two years as part of various IP initiatives in a real world environment. The testbed also explored new levels of interoperable geospatial data processing in the areas of Earth Observation Application Packages with Jupyter Notebooks, Data Access and Processing API for Geospatial Data, Discrete Global Grid System, Aviation, Machine Learning, Full Motion Video to Moving Features, Analysis Ready Data, Data Centric Security, Federated Security, GeoPackage, and, OpenAPI.

Here is the link to the recording (online) and the slide deck (80MB) from the Testbed-16 Outcomes Webinar held on January 20, 2021.

For convenience, here is also the link to the Testbed-16 YouTube Playlist.

The full set of Testbed-16 threads and tasks appears below.

    • Earth Observation Application Packages with Jupyter Notebooks.
    • Data Access and Processing API (DAPA) for Geospatial Data.
    • Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS).
    • Aviation.
    • Machine Learning.
    • Full Motion Video to Moving Features.
    • Analysis Ready Data (ARD).
    • Data Centric Security.
    • Federated Security.
    • GeoPackage.
    • OpenAPI.

Testbed participants developed prototype solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements, and scenarios as described in the Testbed-16 Call for Participation (CFP). Prototype solutions implemented existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced and developed during the testbed. Specifications may become official, member approved OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards. Video recordings describing outcomes and demonstrating user experiences can be found at the Testbed-16 YouTube Playlist.

OGC Testbeds are part of 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. The 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.

Call for Participation and Initiative Execution

Responses to the Testbed-16 Call for Participation were due in early 2020 (HTML version, PDF version). The physical Kickoff Workshop was replaced with a virtual Kickoff Workshop, a series of online meetings in early April. OGC members wishing to observe any of the testbed activities were able to join the Testbed-16 Portal Project by clicking through this Observer Agreement.

The Testbed-17 Call for Participation is also now available.

Anybody wishing to learn more about this initiative, or about the OGC Interoperability Program in general, can direct inquiries to ip [at] ogc.org or visit the OGC Innovation Program page.


Among the organizations providing Testbed-16 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)


Participating Organizations

The following organizations were selected as initiative participants. Each particpating organization had specific deliverables and tasks based on their responses to the Call for Participation.

  • 52 North GmbH
  • Arizona State University
  • Bocoup
  • Compusult Limited
  • CRIM
  • CubeWerx Inc.
  • EOX IT Services GmbH (with contributions from German Aerospace Center - DLR)
  • Federation Partners, Inc.
  • Geomatys
  • GeoSolutions
  • George Mason University Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems
  • Helyx SIS Ltd.
  • interactive instruments GmbH
  • Image Matters LLC
  • keys
  • m-click.aero GmbH
  • Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
  • Maxar Technologies
  • RHEA System S.p.A.
  • RSS-Hydro
  • Secure Dimensions
  • Skymantics, LLC
  • Spacebel s.a.
  • SURROUND Australia Pty Ltd
  • Terradue Srl


High-Level Testbed-16 Schedule

The Testbed-16 CFP contains the Master Schedule. A summary is provided below for convenience.