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[OGC Press Release] OGC Issues Request for Quotation for Second Thread of Web Services Initiative

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Thu, 14 Mar 2002 17:20:20 -0500


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Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
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OGC Issues Request for Quotation for Second Thread of Web Services

Wayland, MA, USA, March 14, 2002 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
(OGC) announces that a Call for Participation / Request for Quotation
(CFP/RFQ) for the Second Thread of the OGC Web Services Initiative
is available for download at  http://ip.opengis.org/ows1.2.  OWS
Thread Set 2 will build on the successful results of previous OGC
Interoperability Program initiatives.  These initiatives are helping to
establish a core set of OpenGISŪ  Specifications that enable freer
access to web services to process and apply geographic information
in support of vital government, business, education and research, and
consumer needs.

During this important initiative, sponsoring organizations, including
Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, General Dynamics, Northrop-
Grumman Information Technology, TASC, the US Environmental
Protection Agency and others seek to collaborate with the CFP/RFQ
respondents to further shape the common market vision and provide
input to technology development activities for OGC Web Services.  A
primary goal of this collaboration is to extend engineering
specifications developed in OWS Thread Set 1 and other initiatives
including: OGC Common Architecture, Web Mapping, Imagery
Exploitation and Sensor Web specifications.

Responses to the CFP/RFQ are due April 12, 2002 at 5:00 PM EDT
and the initiative is expected to begin later this year with completion
by November 2002.  Inquiries related to OWS should be addressed to
Mr. Jeff Harrison, Executive Director of OGC Interoperability
Programs, jharrison@opengis.org, or (703) 491-9543.

The OGC Web Services Initiative is part of OGC's Interoperability
Program, a global, collaborative, hands-on engineering and testing
program that rapidly delivers proven candidate specifications into
OGC's Specification Program, where they are formalized for public
release. In OGC's Interoperability Initiatives, international teams of
technology providers work together to solve specific geoprocessing
interoperability problems posed by the Initiative's sponsoring

OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 230
companies, government agencies and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop publicly available interface
specifications. OpenGISŪ Specifications support interoperable
solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based
services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology
developers to make complex spatial information and services
accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC
website at http://www.opengis.org.