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Subject: Re: [emergency] FYI: OGC Seeks Sponsors for Emergency MappingSymbology Initiative

Interesting....especially since it has been talked about within our
group almost since day 1.

That aside, is there any chance this an be the result of a collaboration
between the OGC and the EM TC? A joint effort? Seems like a logical
thing, considering you then have the GIS people and the EM people from
their respective groups working together. Could be a huge win for both


On Fri, 2003-10-03 at 16:43, Carl Reed wrote:
> Thought that this might be of interest to the group. The OGC runs
> interoperability initiatives to 1.) test existing specifications in
> new application domains and 2.) provide a rapid pace engineering
> process for capturing requirements for a given area of geospatial
> interoperability and then using those requirements to quickly define,
> build, and test new interface specifications.
> Carl Reed
> EM GIS SC Chair
> For information about this announcement, contact:
> Mark Reichardt
> Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
> Open GIS Consortium, Inc
> tel: +1-301-840-1361
> mreichardt@opengis.org
> OGC Seeks Sponsors for Emergency Mapping Symbology Initiative
> Wayland, MA, USA, October 3, 2003- The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC)
> is issuing a Call for Sponsors for an Emergency Mapping Symbology
> (EMS)
> Initiative. This call seeks interested Sponsors to provide input on
> technology requirements and concepts to address interoperability needs
> for emergency mapping and homeland security. The EMS Initiative will
> mature OGC's specification framework for interoperable geographic
> symbolization while simultaneously testing emerging standard map
> symbol
> sets for emergency response and homeland security developed by
> national-level mapping organizations.
> The development of standards for emergency mapping will strengthen
> coordination, communication and interoperability. These results
> enhance
> the ability of planners and emergency managers to better understand
> mapped information at a glance during crucial decision-making moments.
>  From an operational perspective, standardized emergency mapping
> symbol
> sets implemented over standard-based web mapping architectures will
> support the quick and easy development of multi-source common
> operating
> pictures, giving users a vital shared view of the emergency at hand.
> Systems generating common operating pictures using standards-based
> software will access spatial and related content from many sources and
> symbolize them in a common consistent manner, independent of the
> underlying feature classification schemes, data structures or data
> models.
> Through sponsorship of the EMS Initiative, organizations will be
> invited
> to contribute resources and help refine the architecture and testing
> requirements for the project. These requirements will be used to
> develop
> an OGC Request for Quotation/Call for Participation. As such, sponsors
> of this initiative will establish goals and objectives for the
> initiative and have significant input on specifying the requirements
> for
> the interoperable technology testing and development process.
> If your organization is interested in driving the evolution of
> geospatial interoperability and emergency mapping standards by
> sponsoring and/or participating in the Emergency Mapping Symbology
> (EMS)
> Initiative please contact Mr. Jeff Harrison, OGC Executive Director,
> Program Development, by telephone at (703) 628-8655, or by e-mail at
> jharrison@opengis.org <mailto:jharrison@opengis.org>.
> The EMS Initiative is part of the next phase of OGC's Critical
> Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI), an OGC Interoperability
> Initiative designed to test the application of interoperable
> technology
> to meet critical infrastructure and homeland security detection,
> prevention, planning, response, and recovery challenges. More
> information on CIPI is available at http://ip.opengis.org/cip/.
> OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 255
> companies,
> government agencies and universities participating in a consensus
> process to develop publicly available interface specifications.
> OpenGISŪ
> 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 www.opengis.org
> <http://www.opengis.org>.
> OpenGISŪ is a registered trademark of Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
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R. Allen Wyke
Chair, Emergency Management TC

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