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OGC members approve release of critical infrastructure collaborative environment architecture

The ability to share, integrate and apply information between collaborating communities for critical infrastructure protection and emergency response
has been a challenge for many years. OGC members released a document describing the Critical Infrastructure Collaborative Environment (CICE) Architecture. The CICE Architecture is a resource for technology users and providers to collaborate in developing vendor-neutral interoperable architectures for geospatial data and service sharing among cooperating user organizations.S Applications for critical infrastructure protection, asset management, damage prevention and incident management depend on geospatial information. In particular they require: 1) users and organizations to use mainstream information technology to rapidly share and apply many different kinds of geographic information, 2) users and organizations to use diverse geographic software and data to address a variety of situations, and 3) interoperability between diverse systems. The CICE Architecture provides initial insight into how existing systems and information in use across thousands of local, county, state, and provincial jurisdictions in theUnited States, Canada and other nations can be extended to achieve interoperability necessary to support these needs.