[OGC Press Release] OGC(R) Announces Call for Sponsors for Spatial Web Services Initiative

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Fri Jan 6 13:03:14 EST 2006

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


January 6, 2006, Wayland, Massachusetts., The Open Geospatial
Consortium (OGC) has issued a call for sponsors for the OGC Web
Services, Phase 4 (OWS-4) Interoperability Initiative, a testbed to
advance OGC's open interoperability framework for geospatial
capabilities. Interested organizations are invited to an all day
planning meeting on 24 January 2006 in Herndon, Virginia.

In last year's OWS-3 initiative, participants advanced specifications
relating to Sensor Web Enablement, Geospatial Decision Support
Services, Geospatial Digital Rights Management, Open Location Services
and OWS common architecture. These "threads" addressed
interoperability issues affecting Emergency Management and Homeland
Security, Defense, transport and logistics, e-commerce and other

The 24 January Sponsor Meeting will be the first of three meetings
over the next two months to review the OGC specification baseline,
discuss OWS-3 results, and identify OWS-4 requirements. OGC members
have expressed interest in advancing specifications for: Sensor Web
Enablement; image processing workflow automation; information
interoperability and user interactions for decision support;
Geospatial Digital Rights Management; consumer applications;
integration of geospatial information and building information models;
indoor location and navigation; temporal features; and enhanced
capabilities for conformance testing.

If your organization is interested in participating, register for the
meeting at: http://www.opengeospatial.org/events/?page=060124 or
contact George Percivall at gpercivall at opengeospatial.org.

OWS initiatives are part of OGC's Interoperability Program, a global,
hands-on and collaborative prototyping program designed to rapidly
develop, test and deliver 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
organizations. OGC Interoperability Initiatives include test beds,
pilot projects, interoperability experiments and interoperability
support services – all designed to encourage rapid development,
testing, validation and adoption of OpenGIS standards.

The OGC(R) is an international industry consortium of more than 300
companies, government agencies and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop publicly available interface
specifications. OpenGIS(R) 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

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