[OGC Press Release] OGC Announces RFQ to Develop Reference Implementation in Kentucky

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Mon Oct 18 16:56:38 EST 2004

For information about this announcement, contact:

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938
sbacharach at opengeospatial.org


Wayland, MA, October 18, 2004 - The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC)
announced a Request For Quotations (RFQ) from technologydevelopers interested in an Interoperability Initiative to develop and
deploy a reference implementation of OGC-based services at the state level
in the U.S. The OGC Kentucky Landscape Census (KLC) PilotProject advances OGC Web Services (OWS), the set of OpenGIS®
Specifications that comprise the interoperability framework for the
emerging "Spatial Web." The implementation will become the basis for the
Commonwealth's contribution to the U.S. Geological Survey'sNational Map.

Building on previous work in other OGC initiatives and technical
working groups, selected KLC participants will work collaboratively to
extend and "ruggedize" existing standards into a robust and complete
interoperability framework for implementing multi-vendor enterprise, as
well as enterprise-to-enterprise, solutions in government andbusiness.

Participants will work in the following areas:

-- Common Architecture: Develop Geography Markup Language (GML)
Application Schemas for selected layers of the Federal Geographic Data
Committee (FGDC) Framework Data Layers.
-- Web Services: Deploy a reference implementation composed of OGC(TM)
specification components for Web Map Services, Web Feature Services, Web
Coverage Services, and Catalog Services.
The reference implementation will consist of a statewide network that
provides one node at the state level and enables four counties with
existing Web services to add open, industry standard access interfaces to
them.  The remainder of the 116 counties in Kentucky will bedeveloped and added to the network over time.

The Request for Quotations can be downloaded from
http://www.opengeospatial.org/initiatives/?iid=128. A Bidder's
Conference (a conference call) will be held on November 29, 2004.
Questions for the call must be sent to   techdesk at opengeospatial.org
[mailto:techdesk at opengeospatial.org]  by 2200 GMT November 27, 2004. The
response period begins October 19, 2004 and ends November 18,2004. The KLC kickoff will take place January 11-14, 2005 and the
final demonstration of capabilities will take place in March, 2005. The
initiative manager will be Sam Bacharach. For more information on the KLC
Initiative, please contact Mr. Bacharach at +1 703-352-3938.
The OGC is an international voluntary consensus standards organization of
more than 250 companies, government agencies and universitiesparticipating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
geoprocessing interface specifications. OGC's Specifications support
interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless andlocation-based services, and mainstream IT.

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