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Subject: FYI: OWS-3 - OGC Web Services, Emergency response, and use of OASIS standards.

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The OGC has just initiated the OGC Web Services 3.0 Test Bed initiative. Building on previous work in other OGC initiatives and technical working groups, OWS-3 participants will work collaboratively to extend the OGC baseline to enable an interoperable, multi-source decision support environment. I thought that this might be of interest as one of the "Threads" of the test bed is for Decision Support. This Thread (business process) is what occurs After a CAP message is received :-) It is of interest because this the DSS effort will use a variety of OASIS standards, including BPEL and ebRIM. Notice thge demonstration scenario. The demonstration scenario needs to be flushed out still but will include an urban threat as well as a rural wild fire.

The Geo-Decision Support Services subtask will extend the DSS and Information Interoperability work done in OWS-2. One issue facing DSS systems is the ability to exchange and access geographic information within and across information communities (Information communities are groups that share common geographic terms and common spatial feature definitions). To address this issue, the GeoDSS subtask will leverage the Information Interoperability work from OWS-2 to explore ways to tailor geographic information for different information communities. The GeoDSS subtask will also build on the OWS-2 service chaining work to explore (in cooperation with the Sensor Web subtask) the integration and processing of geographic and sensor data to support an emergency response scenario. In addition, GeoDSS will develop new capabilities including a geoVideo service, XML schemas for moving objects and a portrayal service for feature data. Finally, GeoDSS will explore extensions/enhancements to the underlying OGC services to address a greater extent of emergency response scenarios.

Carl Reed, PhD
CTO and Executive Director Specification Program
The OGC: Helping the World to Communicate Geographically
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