OGC Calls for Participation in Testbed 13 Part 2 ESA Threads - Exploitation Platform, and invites all interested Testbed 13 participants to Q&A webinar

Feb 6, 2017 -- The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) invites interested organizations to respond to Part 2 - ESA Thematic Exploitation Platform.

The overall Testbed 13 Call for Participation (CFP) is provided in two parts, a general call  referred to as "Part 1 CFP" (see www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/2525) and a specialized call referred to as 'Part 2 ITT'. The general solicitation was issued on 25 January and up to date information can be found at www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/154. The specialized solicitation is described in the Invitation To Tender pack, ref: AO320105 Thematic Exploitation Platform (TEP) Thread, released via the European Space Agency (ESA) Electronic Mailing Invitation to Tender System (EMITS) emits.sso.esa.int/emits/owa/emits_external.showsum?typ1=7763&user=Anonymous

Please note that Part 2 ITT has distinct response requirements. Potential participants for Part 2 should ensure they review all instructions provided in the links above both on the OGC webpage and the ESA EMITS site.

A Testbed 13 Bidders Q&A Webinar will be held on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 at noon US Eastern Standard Time.  Please register for OGC Testbed 13 Q & A Webinar on 7 February 2017 12:00 PM EST at: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2467539768498077442

Testbed 13 Part 2 ITT Summary

The availability of the growing volume of environmental data from space represents a unique opportunity for science and applications, it also poses a major challenge to achieve its full potential in terms of data exploitation. Earth Observation Exploitation Platforms (EPs) initiative, a set of R&D activities that in the first phase (up to 2017) aims to create an ecosystem of interconnected Thematic Exploitation Platforms (TEPs).

ESA is sponsoring part 2 of the OGC Testbed 13 to support the development of ESA's Thematic Exploitation Platforms (TEP) by exercising envisioned workflows for data integration, processing, and analytics based on algorithms developed by users.

The goal is to put an already developed application into an Exploitation Platform (EP) Application Package, upload this package to the Thematic Exploitation Platform (TEP), and deploy it on infrastructure that is provided as a service (IaaS) for testing and execution. The entire workflow should support federated user management (Identity provider and security token service) and makes use of already available catalog services (Central Geospatial Resource Catalog) and catalog interfaces as part of the cloud platforms.

Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity should visit the web pages cited above or contact Scott Serich, Director Interoperability Programs ( Email Contact). See www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/programs/ip for more information about the Interoperability Program in which OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are organized, planned, and managed.

Further background information regarding Testbed 13 is available at www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/testbed13.

About the OGC

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org.

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