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May 18, 2009
Open Geospatial Consortium Update
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Open Geospatial Consortium Update

(compiled by the Editor from OGC materials)


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has been very busy lately with various events and methods of disseminating information.


Events


The OGC 3D Fusion Summit is to be held June 23, 2009 at the Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The OGC's 3-D Information Management Domain Working Group (3DIM WG) has emerged as an important forum activity for the discussion and promotion of the convergence of 3-D visualization, CAD-GIS integration, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Those stakeholder groups involved with capital facility projects throughout their lifecycle benefit from this forum. In addition, the same standards support scene visualization and decision support systems in defense, intelligence and emergency management.


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) invites participation in an OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) Summit to be held June 24, 2009 at the Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The OGC's
Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards make it possible for developers to make all types of sensors, transducers and sensor data repositories discoverable, accessible and useable via the Web. Areas where these standards are being used widely include ocean observation, homeland security, and other domains where Web access to sensors is important.


Participation is invited to an OGC Geospatial Rights Management (GeoRM) Summit to be held June 22, 2009 at the Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


The broadening use of geospatial data and services heightens issues surrounding security, public access, intellectual property, and emergency use of geospatial information. Because geospatial data products are often comprised of data from multiple sources which may have different rights and restrictions associated with them, the issues are complex. Most professionals agree that the industry bottleneck are now business and policy issues, not technical issues, as they once were.


Completion of AECOO-1 (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) Phase 1 Testbed


The OGC completed the AECOO-1 (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) Phase 1 Testbed, a 9-month effort to increase interoperability among software used by architects, construction companies, cost estimators and building energy analysts. A free webinar demonstrating results from the Testbed will be conducted on Thursday, May 28, 2009, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT, by the buildingSMART alliance (bSa), the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) and sponsors and participants of the AECOO-1 Testbed.


The AECOO-1 Testbed used Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards to analyze tradeoffs between construction cost and energy efficiency to exchange building information. This work prefaces possible future development of open standards for Web service interfaces. Results will be submitted for consideration by bSa's National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) Project Committee.


Discussion Papers


The OGC released two Discussion Papers: Uncertainty Markup Language (UncertML)
Uncertainty Markup Language (UncertML) and the
OpenGIS Web Coverage Service Standard (WCS) Extension for CF-netCDF Encoding .


As per the press release: “UncertML is a conceptual model and XML encoding designed for encapsulating probabilistic uncertainties and may be used to quantify and exchange complex uncertainties in data. Most data contains uncertainty arising from sources such as measurement error, observation operator error, processing/modeling errors, or corruption. Processing uncertain data propagates and often increases uncertainty. Thus there is a need for a standard way of characterizing uncertainty that is readily interpreted by software systems. UncertML is based on a number of ISO and OGC standards, such as ISO 19138 Data Quality Measures, and addresses the ISO/IEC guide to the expression of
uncertainty in measurement (GUM). UncertML utilizes the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) Standard and the OGC Sensor Web Enablement Common (SWE) Standard.


The OGC Web Coverage Service Standard (WCS) Extension for CF-netCDF Encoding provides a way for users of
CF-NetCDF data to use the OpenGIS Web Coverage Service Interface Standard (WCS). WCS defines a protocol-independent language for the extraction, processing, and analysis of multi-dimensional gridded coverages representing sensor, image, or statistical data. The netCDF (network Common Data Form) interface, library, and format support the creation, access, and sharing of array-oriented scientific data. The CF (climate and forecast) metadata conventions provide definitive descriptions of what the netCDF data in each variable represent, including the data’s spatial and temporal properties.”


Formation of Working Groups


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced the formation of
Domain Working Groups (DWG) for Hydrology and
Meteorology.


The OGC’s standards make it possible to achieve greater interoperability within and between the hydrology and meteorology communities. The focus now is to leverage these DWGs to further advance interoperability solutions to benefit these disciplines, which have increasing importance globally in science, policy and decision support.


The Hydrology Domain Working Group brings together experts from this community of interest to develop and promote standards, interoperability and best practices for improving the way in which water information is described and shared. This working group is to be hosted by the OGC and co-chaired by a representative from the
World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) Commission for Hydrology (CHy).


The purpose of the OGC Meteorology DWG is to provide an open forum for work on meteorological data interoperability, and a route to publication through OGC's standards process (Discussion paper / Best Practice / Standard, and, if appropriate, to ISO status). The goal is to develop standards that meet the specific needs of the
World Meteorological Organization and benefit the world weather, water and climate data users and producers.


The OGC’s current standards are enabling a new degree of interoperability within and between the hydrology and meteorology communities. The focus now is to leverage these working groups to further advance interoperability solutions to benefit these disciplines, which have increasing importance in the world scientifically and politically.


An OGC Domain Working Group (DWG) provides a forum for discussion of key interoperability requirements and issues, discussion and review of specifications, and presentations on key technology areas relevant to solving its members’ geospatial interoperability issues.


OGC Network


OGC Network is a window onto the dynamic, constantly changing geospatial web as described by the
OpenGIS® Reference Model (ORM). The network supports multiple communities of interest for research in geospatial interoperability, and provides persistent demonstration capability. The latest information on OGC-compatible software, services, and information models (e.g. GML profiles, SLD examples, etc.) is available here. From this site you can quickly locate OGC-compatible geospatial web services, the latest XML schema documents, discussion forums, conformance testing resources, and GML profile working areas. Instructions on signing up for authoring privileges are
on the help page.


“Learn” Section of OGC Network


A section of the Network is devoted to learning, providing resources for the general public on discussion forums and mailing lists. This
"Learn" section of OGC Network provides a starting point for visitors who may want to ultimately become OGC members.


A map on the site shows three layers using the OpenLayers application. All OGC Corporate members and the location of users that are used for quotations on the OGC Website are displayed on NASA's global mosaic. The OGC members, Quotations, and the NASA imagery are retrieved using the OpenGIS Web Mapping Service (WMS) protocol. Click on a red dot to see more info about the OGC member organization, or the yellow box to see who has been quoted on the OGC Website.

The OGC members and quotations data set may be accessed via the WMS or Web Feature Service protocols using these endpoints:

WMS:
http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wms

WFS:
http://meet.opengeospatial.org:8080/geoserver/wfs?


Top News of the Week


SpectrumDNA has announced the creation of PlanetTagger, the first rebrandable social media engine that marries online and mobile location-based services with the context of a community to create a highly relevant and rewarding experience for community owners, users and advertisers.


Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances


Telvent announced it has partnered with Apani to provide Apani’s EpiForce network security software with Telvent’s flagship OASyS DNA 7.5 supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) suite. The OEM partnership will provide pervasive and resilient network security for Telvent’s SCADA customers.


NAVTEQ expanded its travel and leisure guide portfolio with the addition of Lonely Planet for NAVTEQ: Travel Guide. At launch, the travel guide will cover 19 cities in Australia and New Zealand, with expansion planned to other countries such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand soon thereafter.


Announcements


An Ohio State University Medical Center biomedical informatics researcher is tapping the power of the Ohio Supercomputer Center to monitor the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus.


Associate professor Daniel Janies, an expert in computational genomics, synthesizes large, diverse datasets to understand the spread of infectious diseases over hosts and geography. The resulting maps can be viewed with Google Earth.


Intermap Technologies announced that its Intermap Federal Services, Inc. subsidiary has received a USD $1.2 million contract to provide 3D digital elevation data and other map products for an international project.

The Company is generating uniformly accurate elevation datasets under a new product line, TopoSAR, that serve a client’s need for large and difficult to access geographic regions and countries around the globe. The TopoSAR product is derived from data acquired via a latest generation radar satellite and processed by existing Intermap-proprietary radargrammetry software. Combined with ISO-certified editing processes and production facilities, the Company is able to quickly deliver elevation data that is superior in accuracy and detail to other products derived from space platforms.


Registration for ESRI Southwest User Group Conference
here


Financials


Intermap Technologies Corporation reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. A conference call will be held , May 12, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the results. See full
press release.


China Information Security Technology, Inc., a total solutions provider of digital security, geographic, and hospital information systems in China, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2009. See
press release


GeoEye, Inc. reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2009. First quarter 2009 revenues were $45.2 million, a 26 percent increase compared to $35.9 million in the first quarter of 2008. The increase was primarily due to our GeoEye-1 satellite beginning commercial operations in February 2009 resulting in increased imagery orders from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In addition, we began recognizing deferred revenue related to the cost share from NGA for GeoEye-1. See
press release


New Products


Building on its reputation for creating innovative, practical and affordable Global Positioning System devices, industry leader LandAirSea Systems announces the launch of a new product, the GPS TracKing, which redefines power and efficiency in the passive GPS tracking market.


PCI Geomatics, a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, is pleased to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website, viewable at the
website.


The website features a dynamic new design and has been constructed to allow users to easily navigate and find desired content. The site also provides visitors with a more comprehensive overview of the products and solutions available from PCI Geomatics, including the company’s suite of innovative desktop products (Geomatica) and high performance image processing solutions (GeomaticaX).


BeGreen Carbon Impact Explorer, an interactive tool that displays U.S. carbon emissions alongside renewable energy projects, like wind and solar facilities, was launched.


Using the Google Earth framework and the latest data on CO2 emissions from Purdue University’s Vulcan Project, the Carbon Impact Explorer depicts a number of problem areas in six emission categories. The amount of CO2 emissions shown is daunting, but we are helping to balance out these emissions every day by supporting clean energy and carbon offset projects all over the country.


Pictometry International Corp. will feature two new technologies as well as its Economic Alliance Partnership (EAP) program at the 2009 Governor’s Hurricane Conference, May 11-15 in Fort Lauderdale , FL. The conference is the premier event for government officials who manage emergency preparedness and recovery efforts in areas vulnerable to damaging tropical storms. Pictometry’s exhibit at the conference will run from May 13-14 (booth no. 211).


Featured technologies include Pictometry’s Real-Time system and its new critical infrastructure intelligence product which gives emergency responders a view of building interiors with data overlays. The Real-Time product (currently in its final stages of development) was created in partnership with ITT Corporation (Space Systems Division) and Harris RF Communications and is part of a Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Phase II SBIR contract awarded to Pictometry.


TRF’s
PolicyMap.com unveiled version 2.0. The newest version of this revolutionary website provides quick and flexible analysis of neighborhood-level data nationwide. At subscribers’ fingertips now are answers to questions relevant to job training (e.g. Where are neighborhoods with low educational attainment rates and low household incomes, but close to mass transit?), housing (e.g. Where are high poverty areas in close proximity to a mass transit stop and in good school districts?), energy (e.g. Where are stable communities with high utility costs, potentially most in need of home weatherization assistance?) and more.


NAVTEQ announced the beta launch of a new NAVTEQ.com showcase featuring robust maps, real-time traffic and dynamic location content. The people who drive the roads of the world to make the map of the world, now enable site visitors to explore a wide array of NAVTEQ resources at NAVTEQ.com.


RedZone Software, a software development company committed to providing innovative GIS capabilities for emergency responders, is offering customers a new site licensing option (eLicensing) for their popular desktop and mobile software suites. RedZone's eLicensing allows customers an unrestricted number of installs within their agency or organization for one low price, regardless of the physical location where the software is used.


Topcon Positioning Systems’ (TPS) new GRS-1 is a modular, all-in-one, dual-constellation mapping system that incorporates high-accuracy capabilities into a single, small hand-held device. The GRS-1 has a high-speed processor, increased memory, built-in compass and an integrated digital camera and cell phone modem that provides flexibility for the user in the field.


Trimble announced the launch of Trimble VRS Now Service in Estonia. The commercial service provides surveyors, civil engineers and geospatial professionals across the country with instant access to real-time kinematic (RTK) Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) corrections without the need for a base station.


Intermap Technologies announced that it has completed production of the first dataset of highly accurate 3D road vectors for Germany. Covering all classes of roads, the dataset features more than one million line kilometers of highly accurate road centerline position and elevation data for the entire country. Derived from the Company’s recently completed database of uniformly accurate digital elevation models (DEMs) for all of Western Europe, these geometries can be used by the automotive industry to support advanced driver assistance systems’ (ADAS) safety and energy management applications that rely on accurate road vector geometry. Additionally, Intermap is
producing 3D road vectors for other European countries that will be integrated into a dataset covering all of Western Europe in the near future.


International Computer Works, Inc. (ICW) introduced GeoAuthor 2.0 at the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) Spring Forum in Washington D.C. to a welcoming audience. Of the numerous special interest groups attending the NCSL Spring Forum, the Elections and Redistricting group was the primary audience.


GeoAuthor is designed to provide the user with an easy-to-use set of tools with which to create a project for a county or county equivalent using TIGER/Line Shapefiles provided by the US Bureau of the Census.


NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced that NACMaps - a NAC enhancement for Blackberry Maps has been released and available on the Blackberry App World of Research In Motion (RIM), to make Blackberry Maps work everywhere in all its covered geographic areas no matter whether there are no street addresses such as in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and no matter whether there are no standard street addresses in English as in many Asian countries thanks to the power of Natural Area Code (NAC) which is able to efficiently and language independently specify any location and area in the world.


Around the Web


Map It Out will release its low-cost tools free of cost starting with ArcGIS Server 9.3. Users are encouraged to offer input to develop other no cost tools. On the basis of this input, Map It Out looks forward to offering other ease-of-use and multi-functional tools at no cost based on input/demand from the GIS community. The free tool set to date includes: Area & Buffer Selection Tool, Bookmark Tool, Hyperlink Tool, Export Tool and Custom Query Tool. See
Map It Out


flashNavigator is a next generation Web GIS solution based on Adobe Flash platform with advanced capability of collecting, processing, analyzing and publishing geospatial and database data. The wide range of supported formats allows you to use flashNavigator with other popular GIS products and to extend their capabilities. More details and video presentation
here.


More States Use GPS to Track Abusers , by May 8, 2009, by Ariana Green, The New York Times - In Massachusetts, where about one-quarter of restraining orders are violated each year, according to the state’s probation office, a recent law has expanded the use of global positioning devices to include domestic abusers and stalkers who have violated orders of protection.



Events

 
Date:
May 19 - 21, 2009
Place: Burlingame

San Jose, CA USA

Where 2.0 2009 delves into the emerging technologies surrounding the geospatial industry, particularly the way our lives are organized, from finding a restaurant to finding the source of a new millennium plague. Maps are everywhere now, from your desktop to your iPhone to your car to your oil rig, and presented as realistically or as representationally as suits your needs. Thanks to the launch of Geo-Eye and other projects, location information makes devices more useful, and is therefore becoming a given


Date:
May 19 - 20, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Grantville, PA USA

This year’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference will explore the essential connection between geospatial technology and the development and sustainability of our critical infrastructure. Presenters from industry, academia, and government will showcase applications that support critical infrastructures in water resources, energy and the environment, public safety and health, and economic development. In addition, the latest hardware, software, and database trends will be demonstrated by the geospatial industry. This year it’s all technology and applications – no policy, no politics! Just pure GIS.


Date:
May 20 - 21, 2009
Place: Victoria Conference Centre

720 Douglas Street Victoria , Victoria, BC, V8W 3M7 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.


Date:
May 21, 2009
Place: USA

Land cover classification is a very valuable tool to professionals in a diverse range of fields, each with numerous applications. Ranging anywhere from environmental and ecosystem management to land use planning and fire management, these applications play an important role in both the public and private sectors. This Webinar will examine how this radar data has provided a highly accurate, cloud-free source of imagery for the potential creation of a nationwide 5-meter land cover dataset.


When: May 21, 8:00 a.m. PDT; 9:00 a.m. MDT; 10:00 a.m. CDT; 11:00 a.m. EDT; 16:00 GMT



Date:
May 28, 2009
Place: USA

Presented by Ian Fitzgerald, Truckee Donner PUD

9:15am Pacific/11:15am Central/12:15pm Eastern


Date:
June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GeoTec 2009 is proud to be back in Vancouver, the founding home of the conference in 1985. The GeoTec Event offers its attendees high caliber and timely presentations from knowledgeable industry leaders, geospatial technologists and users from Canada and the world.

Sponsored by GeoTec Media, publisher of GeoWorld magazine and developer of the Web portal Geoplace.com, the 23rd annual event GeoTec Event is a world-leading technical event, and the largest geospatial technology event n Canada.


Date:
June 1 - 2, 2009
Place: Houston, TX USA

Today's competitive business environment has required organizations to become more diligent about their Information Technology (IT) investments. Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) are no different.


This has meant that business units advocating or using GIS must now compete for their share of a limited, and often shrinking, capital IT budget


Date:
June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: 725 Blue Harbor Drive

Sheboygan, WI 53081 USA

Focus of event will be Civil 3D and the WisDOT workflows of Civil 3D, GIS, GPS, LiDar, Map, Mapguide, Virtualizations, BIM, Navisworks, Utilities. See Invitation and Class List attachments.
Date:
June 2 - 3, 2009
Place: University of Northern British Columbia, Conference Centre

3333 University Way , Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.


Date:
June 3, 2009
Place: USA

Radar remote sensing is a technique that has matured substantially over the past two decades. The focus of this Webinar is the processing, interpretation, and application of radar imagery. It will begin with basics and physics of radar remote sensing and continue with current and future prospects, followed by a discussion on applications using radar imagery. These applications include topographic, base, geological, and land cover mapping; image orthorectification; burn scar detection; glaciology; pan sharpening optical data; and radargrammetry covering several radar sensors (airborne, such as STAR Technologies and Fugro, and spaceborne, including TerraSAR-X, RADARSAT-2, and

ALOS PALSAR).


When: June 3, 8:00 a.m. PDT; 9:00 a.m. MDT; 10:00 a.m. CDT; 11:00 a.m. EDT; 16:00 GMT

Date:
June 5 - 8, 2009
Place: Westin Providence

Providence, RI USA

To provide an open and participatory forum for advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information system technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.


Date:
June 8 - 9, 2009
Place: Estes Park Conference Center

Estes Park, CO USA

GeoGathering Located in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains,
GeoGathering 2009 is a conference dedicated to providing pipeline
operators in the production and gathering sectors with a venue to share
their experiences and best practices with geospatial information while
learning about current industry regulations and GIS solutions.
Date:
June 8 - 12, 2009
Place: Sheraton Dallas Hotel

400 North Olive St., Dallas, TX 75201 USA

The theme of this conference is "Back to Basics: Establishing Consistent, Repeatable IGI&S Processes." The focus will be the "nuts and bolts" of GIS and how it supports installation management, including implementation, common problems and their solutions, and successes.


Date:
June 11 - 12, 2009
Place: Westin Resort & Spa

Whistler, BC, Canada

Join fellow FME users for this annual opportunity to build your spatial ETL expertise. Gain new insights on how to solve complex spatial data challenges by attending workshops, breakout sessions and more. Early bird rates end April 3rd – registration closes June 3rd. Visit www.fmeuc.com for more and to register today!


Date:
June 13 - 16, 2009
Place: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313 USA

Native American / Indigenous / tribal attendees and supporters of mapping efforts on aboriginal territories, let's learn, share, and grow together - find new ways of using mapping tools to solve sovereignty, environmental, and cultural issues. Previous ideas resulting from this conference include supporting and training indigenous people who may have little experience with modern mapping technologies.

Date:
June 15 - 18, 2009
Place: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Washington, DC USA

The Gaylord National serves as the anchor tenant for Washington D.C.’s newest premier destination – 

National Harbor – a one-of-a-kind waterfront development on the banks of the Potomac River. This destination will provide you with a prime location to network with Intergraph customers from around the world while enjoying D.C. and all its attractions.

Date:
June 15 - 19, 2009
Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands

The theme for this conference is Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Building SDI Bridges to Address Global Challenges. Geographic information technologies and spatial data infrastructure play critical roles in allowing governments, local communities, non-government organizations, the commercial sector, the academic community and common people to make progress in addressing many of the worlds most pressing problems.




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