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OGC interoperability programs

The OGC Interoperability Program (IP) is a global, collaborative, hands-on engineering and testing program designed to deliver proven candidate interface specifications into the OGC Specification Development Program. Following new initiatives are being taken up:

Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI)

The OGC Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI) has taken a new approach to help organisations publish, discover, access, exchange, and maintain vital geospatial information and online geoprocessing services required to support Homeland Security. Currently in the planning stages, CIPI will leverage the development and collaboration activities of previous and ongoing OGC Interoperability Initiatives, making particular use of emerging OGC Web Services and
object-based spatial domain models. CIPI will also address security requirements across communities that need to collaborate to detect, prevent, plan for, respond to, and recover from threats. A collaborative effort, CIPI will be conducted in coordination with national-level government organizations from multiple countries and a variety of commercial Sponsors. These
Sponsors are committing to support the initiative and are setting the requirements that will shape its testing and development activities.

Multi Hazard Mapping Initiative (MMI-1)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sponsored an OGC Pilot Project to enable the sharing of multi-hazard mapping data between federal, state, and local governments. Through the MMI-1, emergency managers will be able to locate, retrieve and exploit multi-hazard mapping data from any of the participating agencies. For phase one, participants will include FEMA, at least five state governments, and OGC members CubeWerx, Compusult, SAIC, ESRI, and MapInfo. This pilot will become an operational part of the OGC Network in April 2002.

Open Web Services Demonstration (OWS1)

The OWS1 initiative will culminate in a demonstration event to be held in early March in the Washington, D.C. area. Participants, sponsors, and invited guests will gather to display, discuss, and view the technology developed throughout this effort. As in other OGC demonstrations, the data and demo activities are coordinated around a unifying scenario: emergency response and recovery efforts in New York City. Individual vignettes comprising the demo activities include collecting real-time air and water quality data, styling and rendering of multi-spectral imagery from satellite and airborne instruments, publishing and discovery of online map data sets, and combining vector, image, and sensor data into unified map displays.

Open Location Services (OpenLS)

The OpenLS-1 team is preparing for two OGC-sanctioned demonstrations this year, one in Europe and one in North America. The group held a very successful Technical Exchange Meeting on the 17th and 18th of January in the UK and took three specific steps: They (1) scheduled the European demonstration for June 26 and 27 to be hosted by SICAD in Munich, Germany, (2) worked the specifications to near conclusion (teleconferences the week of 21-25 January closed them up), and (3) gained final commitments from the participants about which company will provide what services for both the Test and Integration Experiments (TIE) and demonstrations. The specifications approved for TIE execution include:

  • Geocoder Service,

  • Reverse Geocoder Service (Get Location)

  • Route Determination Service

  • Interface Encoding Requirements,

  • XLS (ADT) Requirements

  • Directory Service

  • Presentation

  • Gateway Service

  • OpenLS Architecture, OpenLS Abstract Model (UML)

  • Point of Interest, Address, Location, Route,

  • Route Directions, Route Manuever, Map

TIEs will be conducted using the interfaces defined in these specifications and then those interfaces will be used to construct demonstrations.