[OGC Press Release] OGC Calls for Industry Input on multi-INT Decision Fusion

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Wed Apr 21 12:37:40 EDT 2010

For information about this announcement, contact:

Lance McKee
Outreach Consultant
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC)
tel: +1-508-655-5858
outreach at opengeospatial.org


Wayland, MA, April 21, 2010.  The Open Geospatial Consortium
(OGC®) has issued a Request for Information (RFI)
(http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/67) to solicit
industry input into the second phase of a Fusion Standards Study.
Phase 2 of the study focuses on Decision Fusion. Input from the RFI
will influence planning for the OGC Web Services, Phase 8 (OWS-8)
Testbed. OGC also seeks to establish alliances with other Standards
Development Organizations (SDOs) having standards work relevant to

Decision Fusion, as described in the RFI, provides analysts an
environment of interoperable services for situation assessment, impact
assessment and decision support, based on information from multiple
sensors and databases, e.g., multi-INT sources. The study includes
recent advances such as social networking for decision fusion. Though
the focus of the study is on military intelligence ("INT"), decision
fusion is equally relevant to business intelligence, urban planning,
and many other domains.

This RFI is based on requirements and contributions from OGC Member
organizations - in particular the National Geospatial-intelligence
Agency (NGA) - and industry recommendations from Phase 1 of the Fusion
Standards Study.

The RFI contains a review of requirements and existing standards for
decision fusion in several domains. Responses to the RFI will be
reviewed during a workshop in July 2010.

Responses to the RFI are requested by June 14, 2010. The RFI includes
instructions for how organizations can respond. Please contact George
Percivall at gpercivall at opengeospatial.org with any questions.

OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are part
of OGC's Interoperability Program, a global, hands-on 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.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 390
companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly
available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support
interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and
location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower
technology developers to make geospatial information and services
accessible and useful with any application that needs to be
geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at

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