The GEOSS Commen Infrastructure (GCI)
Through the GEOSS Commen Infrastructure (GCI), GEOSS resources, including Earth observation data (satellite, airborne, in situ, models), information services, standards and best practices, can be searched, discovered and accessed by scientists, policy leaders, decision makers, and those who develop and provide information services across the entire spectrum of users.
The GEOSS Portal is the single Internet gateway to the comprehensive data produced by the GEOSS community. A new version of the portal was launched in December 2013. Developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), this new Portal makes it easier and faster to integrate diverse data sets; identify relevant data and portals of contributing systems; access models and other decision-support tools; and preview data before downloading. The Portal is powered by the Discovery & Access Broker (DAB) developed by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). The DAB connects users to an ever-increasing number of databases and information systems around the world.
The GEOSS Resource Registration tool enables both data provides and users to register their resources and also to share their knowledge and experiences of standard&interoperability and best practices in all fields of Earth observation.
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The GEOSS Data Sharing Principles
One of the first accomplishments of the Group on Earth Observations was the acceptance of a set of high level Data Sharing Principles as a foundation for GEOSS. Ensuring that these principles are implemented in an effective yet flexible manner remains a major challenge. The 10-Year Implementation Plan says "The societal benefits of Earth observations cannot be achieved without data sharing" and sets out the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles:
- There will be full and open exchange of data, metadata and products shared within GEOSS, recognizing relevant international instruments and national policies and legislation;
- All shared data, metadata and products will be made available with minimum time delay and at minimum cost;
- All shared data, metadata and products being free of charge or no more than cost of reproduction will be encouraged for research and education.
For more information please visit the Data Sharing Working Group pages.
The GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot
This Call for Participation (CFP) seeks organizations to participate in the 8th Phase of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-8). AIP develops and pilots new process and infrastructure components for the GCI and the broader GEOSS architecture. The main aims of AIP are to reach consensus on Interoperability Arrangements and to register operational components and services that carry forward into persistent operations of GEOSS.
This CFP invites GEO Members and Participating Organizations to:
Develop and deploy easy-to-use online (Web and Mobile) apps that demonstrate the value of standards-based access to EO data and services registered with GEOSS. Target areas include:
- Flood and drought Monitoring, Food security and Energy management
- Environmental monitoring using Mobile Sensors, Citizen Observatories, Crowd Sourcing
- Crop insurance
- Agriculture and Water pollution
- Wind and Solar Energy Potential Estimator
- Earth cover change detection
- Ocean observations and commercial fisheries
- Precision farming
- Disaster monitoring and management
Activities to support the key Apps and the community portals
- Understand the various interoperability arrangements needed in order for the GCI and Community Portals to interoperate.
- The Community Portal activity can bring together the developers of the GCI and Community Portals to test the proposed interoperability arrangements.
- Deploy and integrate standard technologies to facilitate data access, including user authentication, security, privacy and geoprocessing workflows
- Mobile and Web app development frameworks
Build toward the vision of the Model Web
- Models are the codification of the best understanding we have about physical phenomena and process and should be further applied
- The vision of Model Web should be a basis for development: A dynamic web of models, integrated with databases and websites, to form a consultative infrastructure where researchers, managers, policy makers, and the general public can go to gain insight into “what if” questions.
- Adopt a step-wise approach, considering low hanging fruits and integrating existing components. Involve Users, adopting social approaches to progress business models. Lower entry barriers: e.g. filling the gap between the Business Processes Design (Abstract) and Executable workflows. Link with analogous initiatives stemming from different areas (e.g. medicine, biology).
- Develop an Integrated Model Web based on the existing technologies, e.g., OpenMI and ESMF. Further testing of OpenMI and ESMF together should be encouraged to increase the community understanding of concepts that are in common and implementations approaches that differ to meet different operating environments.
To be most effective, organizations responding to the CFP should plan to fully participate in the Pilot development activities beginning with the Kickoff Workshop planned for 23 March 2015 in Norfolk VA, USA.
Responding to the CFP by 27nd February 2015 will support the most efficient, coordinated development of GEOSS based upon a shared understanding of resources participating in AIP-8. CFP responses are requested to be brief.
This CFP is issued by the GEOSS Design and Interoperability (IN-05) Task Team and guided by the Infrastructure Implementation Board (IIB).
Discussion and clarification of the CFP and the initiation of AIP-7 will be the topic of weekly teleconferences. Agenda and logistics for these teleconferences are posted at http://www.ogcnetwork.net/AIPtelecons.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) provides leadership in AIP-7. The Point of Contact for the AIP initiative is the OGC's Director, Interoperability Program, Bart De Lathouwer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The related information documents are available below:
please also visit the GEO key documents page.
Past AIP results