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Subject: The OGC(R) Announces Call for Participation in OWS-4 Testbed

Please see the OWS-4 RFQ Announcement below:

For information about this announcement, contact:

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938


April 11, 2006, Wayland, Massachusetts. The Open Geospatial Consortium
(OGC®) has issued a Request for Quotes/Call for Participation
(RFQ/CFP) for the OGC Web Services, Phase 4 (OWS-4) Interoperability
Initiative, a testbed to advance OGC's open interoperability framework
for geospatial capabilities. The RFQ/CFP is available at

The OWS-4 sponsors are organizations from multiple countries seeking
open standards for their interoperability requirements: GeoConnections
(Canada), Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL (US), BAE Systems,
Lockheed Martin Corporation, the US National Aeronautical and Space
Administration (NASA), the US General Services Administration (GSA),
other major US agencies, the National Technology Alliance, the NATO C3
Agency, the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain, and TeleAtlas NV. OWS-4
activities are proceeding in coordination with other standards
initiatives in OASIS, IEEE and IAI.

After analyzing the sponsors' input, the OGC Interoperability Team
recommended to the sponsors that the content of the OWS-4 initiative
be organized around the following 7 threads:

- Sensor Web Enablement (SWE): Standards for discovering and accessing
Web-resident sensors

- Geo Processing Workflow (GPW): Development of GML Application
Schemas and testing OWS in the larger Web service workflow environment

- Geo Decision Support (GeoDSS): Refining OWS as an open framework for

- Geo-Digital Rights Management (GeoDRM): Standards to support
geospatial DRM including underlying security standards.

- Computer Aided Design/Geospatial/Building Information Model
integration (CAD/GIS/BIM)

- OGC Location Services (OpenLS): Extending OGC standards for Location
Based Services

- Compliance Testing (CITE): Improving tools for testing compliance
and interoperability of products and services that implement OGC

The RFQ/CFP includes details of these threads as well as details of
the bidders' conference, selection process and kickoff. Responses are
due by May 5, 2006. If your organization is interested in
participating, contact George Percivall at

OWS initiatives are part of OGC's Interoperability Program, a global,
hands-on and 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.
In OGC's Interoperability Initiatives, international teams of
technology providers work together to solve specific geoprocessing
interoperability problems posed by the Initiative's sponsoring
organizations. OGC Interoperability Initiatives include test beds,
pilot projects, interoperability experiments and interoperability
support services – all designed to encourage rapid development,
testing, validation and adoption of OGC standards.

The OGC®is an international industry consortium of more than 300
companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly
available interface specifications. OpenGIS® 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   http://www.opengeospatial.org.

Tc mailing list

George Percivall
Open Geospatial Consortium
E-mail: percivall@opengeospatial.org
Voice: 1+301-560-6439

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