[OGC Press Release] OGC Calls for Participation in the OWS Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Tue Aug 31 16:18:36 EDT 2010

For information about this announcement, contact:

Lance McKee
Senior Staff Writer
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
tel: +1-508-655-5858
outreach at opengeospatial.org


31 August 2010. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) calls for
participation in the OGC Web Services (OWS) Shibboleth
Interoperability Experiment (IE) to advance best practice for
implementing standards on federated security in transactions involving
geospatial data and services.

The IE, initiated by OGC Members Cadcorp, EDINA, and Snowflake
Software, will demonstrate use of Security Assertion Markup Language
(SAML) with OGC Web Services, including use of Shibboleth. This IE
will build on practices from the European Spatial Data Infrastructure
Network (ESDIN) project and on results from previous OGC initiatives
on authentication.

Shibboleth is an open source software package released by the
Internet2 Consortium based on the SAML standard from OASIS. European
National Mapping Agencies and leading European universities have been
advancing the use of Shibboleth in operational spatial data
infrastructures as part of the ESDIN project.

A ‘birds of a feather’ informal discussion meeting will
take place during the week of the OGC Technical Committee meeting in
Toulouse, France, 20-23 September 2010. The virtual kickoff meeting
will take place on September 30 th.  To finalize this activity a best
practice report will be presented at the OGC Technical Committee
meeting in Sydney, Australia, 29 November - 3 December 2010.

The registration deadline is 30 September 2010. For more information
and to register, see here:
The OGC contact person for this interoperability experiment is Luis
Bermudez <lbermudez at opengeospatial.org>.

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.

An OGC Interoperability Experiment is a brief, low-overhead, formally
structured OGC-led activity, where members achieve specific technical
objectives that further the OGC Technical Baseline. A key outcome of
this activity is a formal OGC Best Practice.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 395
companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly
available geospatial standards. 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 http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact/.

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