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Subject: Re: [emergency] The OGC(R) Announces Call for Participation inOWS-4 Testbed

Hi Elysa, Everyone,

Is it possible to get an overview of what is 
actually involved in this? I confess I don't 
understand what I might want to respond to in 
this. I downloaded and looked briefly at some of 
the materials and I will try to find time to look 
at it in more detail and hope to be able to 
include it in my general plans, but with a 
deadline of May 5, this is going to take an 
effort above and beyond what I already have on my 
plate, with my presentation to the OASIS 
Symposium, and TC commitments. Also, since this 
requires either OGC membership or filing a letter 
of intent to join OGC, it may be beyond some of 

The pilot project list I have copied is an 
existing SOA and our proposal for the upcoming 
SOA for E-Government Conference May 23-24, 2006 
at Mitre in McLean, VA has been accepted, would 
be an excellent candidate to compete for the 
Sensor Web Enablement, Geo Decision Support and 
possibly for the Geo Processing Workflow 
threads, but whether we can field the 
wherewithall to produce proposals, even with the 
templates which should make that simpler remains 
to be seen.


At 10:10 AM -0500 4/14/06, Elysa Jones wrote:
>>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>http://www.opengeospatial.org.
>>>Tc mailing list
>>George Percivall
>>Open Geospatial Consortium
>>E-mail: <mailto:percivall@opengeospatial.org>percivall@opengeospatial.org
>>Voice: 1+301-560-6439

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