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

Hi Folks,

I still haven't read the announcement in its 
entirety, but I sorta thought we were, in fact, 
doing this, albeit in a de facto rather than 
explicit fashion. OASIS has very strong views 
about official liaison efforts, and until I have 
had a chance to actually read through and think 
about the announcement, about all I can say is 
that we need the FGDC involved and we need to 
make this all official if we want to participate 
as an OASIS SC/TC. To be honest, I prefer the de 
facto route until we see the mid October 
Symbology work, and until after we gather in 
Scott McAfee (however his name is spelled) into 
our OASIS fold, if we do. I'm facing some similar 
situations in HumanMarkup TC/SC work and in 
WSRP-Markup SC work, so I know I want to NOT run 
afoul of OASIS policy on IPR, which is always 
going to be the main sticking point in official 

Just so's y'know, I think the necessity for such 
liaisons is a no-brainer, but I can see the 
trains rolling toward one another from all 
directions, and I make a point of avoiding train 


At 5:45 PM -0400 10/3/03, R. Allen Wyke wrote:
>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.
>>  -- end --
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>R. Allen Wyke
>Chair, Emergency Management TC
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