OWS-5 Kick-off

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Mon, 30 Jul 2007 02:18:00 GMT

Tomorrow is the Kick-off for the Open Geospatial Consortium Interoperability initiative testbed activity Phase 5 (OWS-5) in Reston Virginia.

We will be presenting [G]EO-Web: our multi-sensor web-based architecture. Workflows for SensorWeb processing will be heavily debated.

Our Approach:

  • BPMN 1.0 for the presentation layer
  • XPDL 2.0 for model persistence
  • Workflow Chaining Service API for runtime control (loosely based on an harmonized version of SPS/WPS and Transactions)
  • Identity 20 with OpenID and SSL-PKI

This will be the first official presentation of GeoBPMS: Our GeoSpatial Business Process Management System to be integrated with our GeoBliki SensorWeb Enabled Data Nodes.

All Open Source and Standards-based: it will feature the OpenWFEru workflow engine, Rools, a ruby rules engine, Community MapBuilder, XForms and Matelot, an upcoming FLEX-based workflow navigator.

This will be interesting and will get us ready for GEOSS International Pilot Program later this year in South Africa… We will need some help!

Please contact me if you are interested.

OpenStreetMap - A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Thu, 19 Jul 2007 14:34:00 GMT

Here is a link to an excellent presentation from Mikel Maron. The notes for the slides here. I had the privilege to meet Mikel at FOSS4G & Where 2.0. There is indeed a growing Community of people interested in making a difference. This is very energizing to see this.

Come and Join it. You too can make a difference…

Mikel is very involved with OpenStreetMap and many other Open Source Projects such as WorldKit, Mapstraction, Mapufacture

Many kudos to Mikel for his relentless energy and dedication!

NSTC 2007

Posted by Linda Derezinski Sun, 01 Jul 2007 14:17:08 GMT

Our paper “A Web 2.0 and OGC Enabled Sensor Web Architecture for Global Earth Observing System of Systems” was presented at the NSTC 2007 conference on June 20, 2007 by Dan Mandl.

The slides from the presentation are available here

AIAA InfoTech and Where 2.0 1

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Thu, 03 May 2007 14:54:00 GMT

May will be a busy month:

AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2007 Conference 7 - 10 May 2007 Doubletree Hotel Sonoma Wine Country Rohnert Park, California

I will be presenting a paper on “An Operationally Responsive Space, OGC Sensor Web Enabled: eo1.geobliki.com”. Getting access to Space Data Products customized to your needs and when you need it is still a big challenge. Fire Management is a “hot” area. They need on-demand access to many customized data products from space and UAV’s… So workflows are becoming a big deal.

Where 2.0 is the next big thing happening on the West Coast. in San Jose, CA, the same month (May 29-30).

Two presentations are planned:

  1. Geobliki for Emergency Response

  2. Community Mapbuilder: An OGC Ajax Mapping Client (used in GeoBliki). I will present the recent work with OpenLayers/Google Maps.

Responsive Space, Responsive Ground

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Sat, 07 Oct 2006 23:20:00 GMT

Our lessons learned from the OFT/NRL development of VMOC is that Responsive Space will only take place when space data/assets can be made available to end users in a responsive manner.

The truth is that data exist. It is simply not available to end users in a timely for many reasons ranging from political to technical. Distributing data across organizations is an interoperability challenge. Tasking space assets across organizations is even more of a leap of faith.

These capabilities are desperately required for Maritime Awareness programs (Tactical Maritime Awareness, Maritime Domain Awareness, or Comprehensive Maritime Awareness…) or even closer to home for Emergency Response/Disaster Relief Efforts. Hurricane Katrina disaster proved, after the fact, that data could have been made available to NORTHCOM from many military or civil organizations.

Funded initially by OFT and NRL, GeoBliki rose from those emerging needs as a generic data node integrating all the standards defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium for Sensor Web Enablement. The first instantiation is at eo1.geobliki.com. With the support of NASA Goddard, this server will allow for the first time transparent access to space including data and tasking of a civilian satellite (EO-1) from any military or civil organizations prior to TACSAT-1 launch.

This capability can easily be cloned to thousands of space/ground/sea nodes generating data feeds for subscribers interested in satellite imagery, AIS ship tracks or pictures/videos taken by first responders. Aggregators like VMOC will be able to offer transparent tasking to civil or military assets in case of emergencies. Other assets such as UAV, field cameras could be tasked in a similar manner.

This coming December, the OGC will showcase an interoperability demo with more than 40 organizations/vendors. This will be the place to show responsiveness!

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