In December 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) released a Policy Fact Sheet titled ‘Harnessing Climate Data to Boost Ecosystem & Water Resilience.’ The Fact Sheet notes OGC’s commitment to increase open access to climate change information using open standards. Testbed 11, sponsored by an international group of government agencies, is mentioned in the OSTP document.
Testbed 11 supports national climate-change preparedness by focussing on ways in which open standards support cross-community interoperability, urban-climate resilience (preparation for impacts of climate change), and secure exchange of spatial information in the context of the US National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).
Nine Testbed 11 sponsors documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this activity. Thirty organisations selected to participate in Testbed 11 then developed solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios described in a Call for Proposals. Participants’ solutions implement existing OGC standards as well as prototypes of possible interface and encoding candidate standards. Some of the prototypes may ultimately become OGC standards, revisions to existing OGC standards, or best practices for using OGC standards.