[OGC Press Release] OGC Web Services for GEOSS Demonstrated at Workshop in Korea

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Thu Aug 4 14:47:14 EST 2005

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Sam Bacharach
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Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
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Wayland, MA, August 5, 2005 - OGC Web Services (OWS) as applied to the
Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) architecture were
successfully demonstrated to an IEEE-OGC-ISPRS GEOSS Workshop on 24 July
2005 in Seoul, Korea. This was a special event for invitedparticipants on the opening day of the International Geosciences and
Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2005. The demonstration showed that Earth
Observation data and services are available now through open standard
mechanisms highlighted in the GEOSS 10 Year Implementation Plan and
Reference Document.  The geospatial community's development, adoption and
implementation of OGC specifications provides a broad based capability to
implement GEOSS.
The workshop, titled "The User and the GEOSS Architecture -
Applications for Asia and the Pacific Rim," was originated and
coordinated by the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation (CEO) and
co-sponsored by:  the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
(GRSS), the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, the Open
Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the International Society forPhotogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).  The objective of the
workshop was to provide opportunities for GEOSS users to learn about the
architecture approach recommended by the ad-hoc GEO Architecture
sub-group. As a Participating Organization of GEO, OGC will continue to
participate in the GEO Work Plan.
According to Dr. Jay Pearlman, Chair of the IEEE CEO and Prof. Leung
Tsang, executive vice president of IEEE GRSS, both Co-Chairs of the
workshop, "This was an opportunity to have users see and understand the
GEOSS architecture and how they will interface with it as GEOSS is
implemented. This is the first of a series of workshops that will be held
in regions around the globe during the next year."
Al Gasiewski, President, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society,
added, "It is encouraging to see such rapid progress in thedevelopment of multi-source open web-based software tools designed with
the needs of GEOSS users in mind."
The OGC Demonstration applied components with OWS interfaces in a
scenario of damage assessment from the Andaman Sea Tsunami, 26
December 2004.  The scenario began with a George Mason University
(GMU) client accessing a Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) message as a
Geography Markup Language (GML) document from an Intergraph server that
implemented OGC's OpenGIS Web Feature Server Specification(WFS).  Landsat imagery was provided by the NASA-JPL WMS Global
Mosaic. The GMU client accessed layers of Tsunami damage summaries
provided by a server that implemented the OpenGIS  Web Map ServerSpecification (WMS). That server was developed by DM Solutions as part of
project with several East Asian Universities.  Next, imagery was accessed
from a Spot Image server -- via an interface implementing the OpenGIS Web
Coverage Server Specification(R) (WCS) -- to seeadditional detailed damage from the Tsunami.  A chain of OWS services was
invoked to produce a value-added product.  The European SpaceAgency (ESA) System Support Environment managed the workflow of
accessing the Spot Image WCS and invoking an implementation of the OpenGIS
Coordinate Transformation Service Specification(R)  provided by PCI
"Clearly, the GOESS 10 year plan is supported by the on-going efforts of
the OGC community. Interoperability and Standards are identified as one of
the key activities to ensure the success of GEOSS. The OWS 1.2 live
demonstration illustrated to the GOESS workshop attendees that the
solution exists today," observed Trevor Taylor, Director ofStrategic Sales, PCI Geomatics.

The GEOSS Demonstration was developed by OGC Members including: Boeing
S&IS Mission Systems, DM Solutions Group, ESA (including Spacebelas contractor to ESA), George Mason University (GMU), Intergraph,
NASA, PCI Geomatics, Raytheon, Spot Image, and the US Geological
Survey (USGS).

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