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October 23, 2015
OGC Calls for Participation in Major Interoperability Testbed (Testbed 12)

October 23, 2015 — The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a Request for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) in the OGC Testbed 12 Interoperability Testbed.
Testbed 12 sponsors have documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this testbed initiative. Organizations selected to participate in Testbed 12 will develop solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios, which are described in detail in the RFQ/CFP. Participants’ solutions will implement existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in Testbed 12.

Prototype specifications may ultimately become OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.
Testbed 12 Sponsors include:
• DigitalGlobe, Inc.
• European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL)
• US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• UK Defense Science and Technology Lab (UK-DSTL)
• US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• US Geological Survey (USGS)
• A US Government agency
The RFQ/CFP and information about Testbed 12 are available at www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/139. Responses are due by 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 20 November 2015.
Testbed 12 requirements were received from sponsors in the following areas:
• Aviation
• Geospatial Imagery Quality Framework
• Coverage Access and Visualization
• General Feature Model (GFM), Catalogs, and Semantics
• OGC Baseline Enhancements
• Compression and Generalization
• Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and GeoPackage
• These requirements have been organized into the following affinity groups called technology “threads”:
• Field Operations (FO) Thread
• Large-Scale Analytics (LSA) Thread
• Linked Data and Advanced Semantics for Data Discovery and Dynamic Integration (LDS) Thread
• Command Center (COC) Thread
• Consolidation (CON) Thread
• Aviation (AVI) Thread
• Compliance Testing (COM) Thread
This leading-edge technology work has enormous potential for testbed stakeholders – both technology users and technology providers. Shared investment in spatial standards brings improved sharing and integration of spatial information, which has widespread and longstanding value for sponsors and for society at large. Technology providers gain market exposure, market intelligence, and a chance to quickly take advantage of the business opportunities that arise with the introduction of new standards and associated technical capabilities.
Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Scott Serich, Director Interoperability Programs (techdesk@opengeospatial.org). See www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip for more information about the 16-year-old Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned and managed.
The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 515 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org/.

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