[OGC Press Release] Major OGC Web Services Initiative Begins

OGC Announcements announce at opengis.org
Fri Mar 19 11:45:02 EST 2004


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PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For information about this announcement, contact:

Mark Reichardt
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open GIS Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-301-840-1361

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Major OGC Web Services Initiative Begins

Wayland, MA, March 19, 2004 – The Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC) announced
the successful March 8-12, 2004 kickoff of a major new Interoperability
Initiative to develop and enhance OGC Web Services (OWS) standards that
enable easy discovery, access and use of geographic data and geoprocessing
services.

Building on work from previous OGC initiatives and technical working groups,
OWS-2 participants are now working collaboratively to extend and "ruggedize"
existing and draft OpenGIS standards. The goal is a robust and complete
interoperability framework for implementation within a multi-vendor
enterprise and to achieve interoperability between enterprises for
geoprocessing solutions in government and business. The initiative's
sponsors – BAE Systems, Collaxa, The Federal Geographic Data Committee
(FGDC), Lockheed Martin, National Atmospheric and Space Administration
(NASA), Questerra, Spot Image (France), Sun Microsystems, US Geological
Survey (USGS), and other organizations -- provided development requirements.
Requirements categories include:

-- Common Architecture: Enabling OpenGIS Web Services utilizing W3C’s WSDL
and SOAP standards.

-- Conformance & Interoperability Testing & Evaluation: Developing
compliance tests for and improving the OpenGIS Specifications for Web Map
Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), and
Catalog Services - Web (CS-W). A Reference Implementation for Web Coverage
Server and for Catalog Services - Web will be created under this initiative.

-- Image Handling and Decision Support Tools: Establishing a new benchmark
for creating value-added products for geospatially enabled decisions.
User-defined workflow is enabled by web service access to data and chaining
of image processing services.

-- Information Interoperability: Advancing information (semantic)
interoperability of geospatial data sets using GML and advancing connections
with Web Feature Server and GML 3. GML application schemas for civil and
defense data products will be created using GML 3. Standards-based
Commercial-of-the-shelf clients to OGC Web Services will be extended to meet
the requirements of the government communities represented by the agencies
sponsoring OWS-2.

-- Location Based Services. New services for Navigation and Location
Refinement will be added to OGC’s existing Open Location Services Standard.

Technology provider participants in the initiative include:
Autodesk, Collaxa, con terra, ESRI, Galdos Systems, George Mason University,
interactive instruments, Intergraph, IONIC Software, Laser Scan, lat/lon,
MapInfo, NASA, NAVTEQ, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, ObjectFX,
PCI Geomatics, Polexis, Raytheon, Safe Software, SPOT Image, Tele Atlas, The
Open Group, and University of Alabama, Huntsville

The final demonstration of OWS-2 capabilities will take place in August
2004. The initiative manager is Chuck Heazel from Lockheed-Martin. For more
information on the OWS-2 Initiative, please contact Kurt Buehler,
812-320-1423, kbuehler at opengis.org.

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 250 companies,
government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to
develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® 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.




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