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andrea giacomelli pibinko at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 07:52:48 CEST 2007

OGC(R) Calls for Participation in Architecture Implementation  Pilot

Wayland,  MA, March April 18, 2007 - The Open Geospatial Consortium,
Inc. (OGC) has issued  a Call for Participation (CFP) in the
"Architecture Implementation Pilot," which  is a coordinated
interoperability initiative of GEOSS, FedEO and Tri-Lateral
initiatives. Responses are due by 11 May 2007 and the "Pilot Kickoff
Meeting"  will be held 5-6 June 2007 in ESRIN the European Space
Agency's establishment in  Italy.

This CFP seeks participants in a coordinated Architecture
Implementation Pilot. A Pilot is a collaborative effort that applies
open  standards for interoperability to achieve user objectives in an
environment  representative of operational use. Outcomes include
best-practices and  interoperability arrangements suitable for an
operational  capability.

This CFP seeks proposals from organizations involved with  Earth
Observation systems to:

Identify components with services, e.g., portals, catalogs and other  services;

Participate in confirming the interoperability of those identified
services  using standards and interoperability arrangements as
identified in the  preliminary architecture of the CFP; and,

Participate in the collaborative development of societal benefit
scenarios  to guide testing and demonstrations of the identified
interoperable  services.

The CFP was initiated to solicit response for the GEOSS  Architecture
Implementation Pilot. The Pilot aims to incorporate contributed
components consistent with the GEOSS Architecture - using a solicited
GEO Web  Portal and a GEOSS Clearinghouse search facility - to access
services through  GEOSS Interoperability Arrangements in support of
the GEO Societal Benefit  Areas.

The Pilot benefits from the collaborative support of two OGC
Interoperability Program Pilots:

The Tri-Lateral Interoperability Pilot is a collaborative, operational
test  of open standards deployment, supporting collective requirements
of  organizations responsible for national and regional "Spatial Data
Infrastructures" in Europe (INSPIRE), Canada (GeoConnections), and the
U.S.  Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).

The Federated Earth Observation Missions (FedEO) Pilot provides a
broad  international venue for operational prototyping and
demonstration of Earth  Observation (EO) data access harmonization,
interoperability requirements and  protocols as defined by the
European Space Agency (ESA), together with other  space agencies and
other OGC members.

The Architecture Implementation  Pilot CFP documents can be downloaded
from  http://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=20953.
The OGC(r) is an  international industry consortium of more than 335
companies, government  agencies and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop  publicly available interface
specifications. OpenGIS(r) 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.

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