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

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Tue Jan 30 15:26:50 EST 2007

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, January 30, 2007. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®)
has issued a call for sponsors for the OGC Web Services, Phase 5
(OWS-5) 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 February
9, 2007 in Herndon, Virginia.

In last year's OWS-4 initiative, participants advanced specifications
relating to CAD/GIS/BIM integration, Sensor Web Enablement, Geospatial
Decision Support Services, Geoprocessing workflows, Geospatial Digital
Rights Management, Mass Market geoservices and Compliance testing.
These "threads" addressed interoperability issues affecting Emergency
Management and Homeland Security, Defense, earth observation,
transport and logistics, e-commerce and other domains.

The February 9 Sponsor Meeting will be the first of 2 meetings over
the next two months to review the OGC standards baseline, discuss
OWS-4 results, and identify OWS-5 requirements. OGC members have
expressed interest in advancing specifications for: SOAP and WSDL
interface definitions; distributed image and vector processing
workflow automation; Geospatial Digital Rights Management (GeoDRM);
consumer applications; integration of geospatial information and
building information models; GML profiling; Sensor Web Enablement
(SWE); geospatial expression in the Semantic Web; and enhanced
capabilities for conformance testing.

These requirements will be expressed and tested in the context of two
"super-themes." One will focus on workflows across enterprises where
security, authentication, and rights expression are of high concern,
combined with reliability and high availability. The other will take a
mainstream approach, with requirements centered on mass-market Web
technologies like Web browsers, REST-based services and other
lightweight, simple interfaces and information encodings.

Alliances with other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) are an
element of developing OGC specifications for the geospatial
applications. Therefore, the OGC is also seeking partnerships with
other SDOs to develop sponsorship of OWS-5.

If your organization is interested in participating, register for the
meeting at: https://portal.opengeospatial.org/public/ows5.php or
contact Raj Singh at rsingh 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® 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® 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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