AIP-4 CFP Responses

Listed below are the 26 responses to the Call for Participation in AIP-4 that have been received to date.  As each of the Responses included multiple organizations, the response represents contributions from over 80 organizations.   An Analysis of the the CFP Responses will be developed to support planning for the AIP-4 development. 

  • Astrium - Astrium GEO-Information Services SpotImage for SAFER and Geoland-II 
  • CIESINCenter for International Earth Science Information Network Columbia University 
  • Compusult - Standards-based, Sensor Fusion Community Portal 
  • enviroGRIDS - University of Geneva/enviroSPACE, enviroGRIDS FP7 project
  • EO2HEAVEN - EO2HEAVEN Consoritum for FP& Project
  • EOX and Rasdaman - WCS implementation
  • EuroGEOSS - GENESIS  - Semantics-Enabled Discovery Pilot 
  • EuroGEOSS - UncertWEB  eHabitat Pilot
  • GENESI - GENESI-DEC ontological tools 
  • GeoViQua QA4EO and ESIP IQcluster
  • GIS.FCU - Geographic Information Systems Research Center, Feng Chia University 
  • Graphitech - coordinator of the ICT-PSP project BRISEIDE - BRIdging SErvices, Information and Data for Europe
  • INCOSE - Development of information, Computational, Engineering and Technology views 
  • INPE - National Institute for SpaceResearch (INPE) Image Processing Division
  • Jacobs University and Rasdaman   
  • KNMI - Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
  • Mines ParisTech Center for Energy and Processing and GENESIS FP7 project
  • NASRDA - National Space Research & Development Agency
  • NOAA DMIT - Selected NOAA On-Line Data Resources 
  • PML - Plymouth Marine Laboratory 
  • PYXIS - WCS Client
  • TEAM Network - Tropical Ecology Assessment andMonitoring Network 
  • Vightel - Vightel providing NASA EO-1 data and web services 
  • WUStL - Washington University in St.Louis 

 Responses to the AIP-4 CFP are listed below in the order in which they were received.

Summary of the Response  
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The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) will support the AIP-4 by providing well defined and maintained data services. The provided data services are OGC compliant.   The data to be provided are products generated at KNMI, based on ground based and satellite observations with both offline and near-real-time availability. Benefits for GEOSS will be the access to OGC standard compliant services providing high quality unique products; some of them available in (near) real-time.  KNMI will provide a Custom build WMS client

Link to Response
 GeoViQua QA4EO and ESIP

The purpose of this response is to elaborate tutorial materials on how to provide access to data in a way that quality parameters and indicators are clearly integrated with the data. The benefits of having long lists of datasets available as web services, browse & download pages and inordering systems are obvious in the context of the GEOSS but those benefits increase if users can get a clear view of data quality indicators that allow them to better choose the data to download, increase trust on data providers and addvalue to the current data because it can then be used reliably in subsequent processing and decision making. 

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To reveal the value of GEO portal, additional data searching and examination and mechanism should be come up with in AIP-4. In this proposal, we'd like to strengthen the usage of priority EO data by developing a downloadable desktop client. In this proposal, we'd like to develop a downloadable desktop client to meet the requirement of browsing the priority EO data sources. 

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This joint response from NOAA-NASA GOES-R ground segment and GMU CSISS offers Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) images and derived products as part of GEOSS Data-CORE, to make them persistently discoverable and accessible through the standard OGC Catalog Service and OGC Web Coverage Service interfaces, and to fully align these services with the GEOSS Common Infrastructure. Another purpose is to contribute the CEOS WGISS Integrated Catalog (CWIC) as a mediated accessenabler to the CEOS members' satellite data catalog.  This response includes contributions to the two AIP-4 activities: Access to PriorityEO Data Sources, and Clients and Mediated Access Enablers. This NOAA-NASAGOES-R and GMU CSISS joint efforts will benefit the GEOSS communities by making valuable GOES images and derived products freely accessible online through standard web service interfaces. 

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PML will provide Priority EO Data Sources, such as Chlorophyll and SST from satellite and in situ measurements, through OGC compliant services. PML will also develop processing components and service chains that can make use of these data. As part of the NETMAR project we intend to add semantic information to both data and processing services, simplifying the discovery of data and the building of workflows. PML has already developed a SOAP enabled implementation of WPS(based on PyWPS) which enables WPS processes to be easily combined in workflows.

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EO2HEAVEN EO2HEAVEN will contribute to AIP-4 helping to provide access to Earth Observation and health data sets used in the project. The access will be provided by OGC specified Web Services.   Additionally, the project is going to provide an import tool for sensor data sets (e.g. CSV or plain text files) into a OGC Sensor Observation Service. This tool will be able to read existing data archives, helping users to specify how the data is encoded inthese files and then converting the data sets into the according SWE data formats.  Link to Response
Activiity 1:  We aim at sharing the "Bringing GEOSS services into practice" teaching material through AIP-4 process. We propose to use this material as a "starting point" and to improve it by exchanging/discussing and benefiting from the expertise/comments/suggestions and guidance of participants. The objective is to have at the end of AIP-4 a coherent package that can be used as much as possible by GEO members (and beyond) for teaching how to (1) make data and metadata interoperable, (2) share data and metadata through GEOSS, and (3) access and integrate data coming from GEOSS.

Activity #2: We are currently in contact with the EuroGEOSS project to make some interoperability testing in order to expose enviroGRIDS services through the EuroGEOSS broker. Results of these experiments might be useful in the context of AIP-4 in order to demonstrate integrated access to resources and test data discovery and access.  EnviroGRIDS services already available into the GCI: 

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NOAA DMIT NOAA wil provide datasets, tools, services and technical expertise associated with NOAA's Unified Access Framework (UAF) Project. UAF is a NOAA-wide effort to make environmental datasets easy to find and use. It is an important contribution to realizing the vision of NOAA's Global Earth Observation - Integrated Data Environment (GEO-IDE) Initiative which is a framework for engaging NOAA's environmental data management communities through sharing of expertise, experience, and information. UAF is led by NOAA's Data Management and Integration team (DMIT).  

NOAA will also provide the data access services established by the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program. Two basic service types are offered: (1) OGC Sensor Observation Services providing in situ data in near-real-time from the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS); (2) THREDDS Data Server providing DAP, WCS and WMS access to gridded datasets including coastal surface currents observed by radar and chlorophyll concentration derived from Aqua MODIS satellite observations. These datasets are discoverable through the IOOS Data Catalog registered in the GEOSS CSR. 

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INPE We propose to access the GEOSS dataset provided in AIP-4 using TerraView GIS WMS and WFS clients. This activity will contribute to AIP-4 by validating the GEOSS architecture as well as proving an open source tool that allows members to effectively access and use the GEOSS data sources. (Activity 2) Link to Response

WUStL proposes to participate in the GEOSS AIP-4 by continuing:

  1. Provide OGC standard-based access to an array of air quality datasets for GCI-Core and registering those in GCI. The focus will be on the preparation, testing, accessibility and persistence of core datasets. 
  2. The distribution and application of the Air Quality Community Catalog (AQComCat) to multiple data providers. 
  3. This will enable the creation of a distributed cataloging system to be accessible through GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI).The participation of the Washington University group will be through active participation in the GEOSS Air Quality Community of Practice (AQCoP). 
Link to Response

Our proposed contribution to the Pilot includes: 1) EO-1 Campaign Manager: a Workflow-based web service used to manage user requests and orchestrate many web services used for tasking, processing and data distribution. Registered consumers can access this service via a secure restful API, 2) EO-1 WCPS: A Image processing web service used to allow users to apply custom algorithms on ALI and Hyperion data sets. Resulting products are delivered in an Atom feed containing the products in jpg, tif or kml formats, and 3) EO-1 SOS and GeoTorrent web service to access raw data sets if required. 

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For the GEOSS AIP-4 Compusult proposes to: 1) create a GEO Sensor Web community portal from the original GEO Web Portal candidate developed through AIP 1 though 3, redesign and rebrand the current GEO Web Portal candidate to reflect new role, 2) provide improved sensor discovery, alert notification and binding to current Sensor Web services within the current CSR, 3) provide the ability to transparently link from the current GCI directly to Sensor Web services through open standards, 4) make available its hosting services but do not have the hosting capabilities available, 5) provide near real-time sensor data and make available, via Sensor Web standards and CSR registration, a global ship tracking capability, and 6) provide near-real time access to global airport weather information to be registered in the CSR. 

Link to Response

In this Pilot activity we intend to contribute to GEO-GEOSS by supporting the development of Thesaurus for EO Observation Parameters. This will be done by interoperating through coordinated activity with multiple participants in AIP-4.  In particular, the responding team will provide tutorials, tools, and will exchange relevant information with other participant in common interest of GEO-GEOSS. 

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NASRDA's participation will be mainly in the area of contribution of Nigeria's EO data to GEOSS. In this respect she will participate with others to provide data sources to support EO priorities; provide access to brokers to host archival data for online access; and interacts with Communities of Practice on data exploitation requirements. 

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Purpose is to make available SAFER and Geoland-II datasets, matching the Critical Earth Observation Priorities (CEOP), to GEOSS, both as direct dataset delivery and interoperable data access services. 

  • Existing SAFER and Geoland-II raster coverage with their metadata.
  • GMLlayers with regards to the corresponding INSPIRE Data Specification.
  • ViewService compliant with INSPIRE View Service.
  • DownloadService compliant with INSPIRE Download Service. 
Link to Response

CIESIN, through its NASA-supported Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), archives and disseminates a broad range of human dimensions data, including several types of data identified as high priorities by GEO Task US-09-01a. These include data on urban land cover, such as an urban extent mask derived from a combination of satellite and ground-based sources and point data on the location of human settlements.

CIESIN proposes to contribute a set of WMS, WFS, and WCS services that would provide GEOSS users with flexible access to these data for display, subsetting, and analysis. CIESIN will also explore providing selected variables from several other global land cover datasets: agricultural lands, anthropogenic biomes, human appropriation of net primary productivity, and reservoir and dam locations, pending appropriate permissions from the originators. CIESIN may also be able to provide gridded species data and selected coastal elevation data if deemed useful and pending appropriate permissions to make data available as part of the GEOSS Data-CORE. 

Link to Response

The project will provide access to client and service technologies to access spatio-temporal data through services (either provided by BRISEIDE or by other participants of AIP4) exposed via the web and are made available through OGC standards including WMS, WFS, WCS, enriched, when needed, with information, extracted from heterogeneous, distributed user operational databases. Additionally BRISEIDE will provide access to spatio-temporal processing services, as WPS, run on BRISEIDE servers for these to be tested with data made available by relevant INSPIRE-related EU projects or by other participants of AIP4. Last but not least BRISEIDE will provide access to portal and a multi-platform 3D client.. The 3D client allows interactive orchestration of spatio-temporal WPSs providing support to chaining of required processing units. This ensures interactive access to datasets and asynchronous processing at the server side. 

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MINES ParisTech and GENESIS 

MINES ParisTech will contribute to the AIP-4 by providing access to essential energy and climate information such as the HelioClim-1 database on solar radiation. This database contains 21 years of solar radiation parameters namely Global Horizontal Irradiation (GHI) derived from the Meteosat satellite that are of major interest for Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, and the Central Atlantic Ocean. GHI has been identified as one of the 15 Most Critical Observations of the Energy SBA. The FP7 GENESIS Team will contribute by developing the WebGIS client in order to provide an easy access to the HelioClim-1 database for the en-users.

MINES ParisTech and the GENESIS Team have gained previous experience in AIP-3. They will use the same approach to:

- Expose the HelioClim-1 database using OGC Web Processing Service (WPS).

- Give an easy access to HelioClim-1 on the FP7 GENESIS platform via a dedicated WebGIS client.

- Enhance WebGIS clients developed in the AIP-3.

MINES ParisTech and the GENESIS Team will work on assessing user’s feedback through the Energy Community of Practice (CoP) regarding the previous listed developments.

MINES ParisTech and the GENESIS Team will contribute to GEOSS best practice dissemination by providing a tutorial under the SIF specification on how to build a WPS on the GENESIS Legacy Toolbox.

Link to Response
TEAM Network

Activity #1: The TEAMNetwork cyberinfrastructure includes "browse and download" functionality utilizing a custom Google map interface. Our data products and services available to other organizations will be described in a data catalog. A preview list of some of the current and future products are below: 

  • Ground based automatic weather station data in tropical forests
  • Weather data summaries and transfer service of meteorological data to data partners.
  • Raw camera trap data – includes, metadata, images and species identifications
  • .Mammal and bird species and terrestrial vertebrate community occupancy information
  • Forest and soil carbon measurements
  • Tree and liana diversity measurements
  • Zone of Human Dynamics and Ecosystem Change information around TEAM Sites
  • Many derived and/or redistributed data products from other sources including: fires, lakes, streams, land cover and land use classifications, human disturbance, deforestation, resilience to climate change datasets and many more at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. 

Activity #2: We have developed a stand-alone data management tool called 'DeskTEAM' which could serve as a prototype for connector enablers and client application. DeskTEAM provides authenticated and role-based access to forms that can be used to upload and edit field metadata and data. The application contains all the necessary support software packages (e.g. web services stack, database software) and does not require installation of any additional software. 

 Link to Response
Jacobs and Rasdaman

We believe that query languages a la SQL can be universal access interfaces to any kind of data, including multi-dimensional raster data (ie, arrays).With the OGC Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) Standard such a raster query language exists.

We propose to set up a operational, freely accessible service, based on data sets provided by GEOSS partners, using our rasdaman (“raster data manager”) system, a fully-fledged array DBMS, which offers WCS 2.0, WCPS 1.0, WCS-T 1.4, and WPS 1.0 interfaces. We plan to run these service for the expected time, with an own interest to add the use cases to the permanent EarthLook demo site; support AIP-4 users; and perform outreach activities to promote the concept of raster (array) query languages.  Specifically, we respond to Activity #1: Access to Priority EO Data Sources. In terms of the response sought, we plan to contribute:

  • Access to Priority EO Data Sources as either Long Term Archive or Data Broker
  • Data access assistance: tutorials, server toolkits, expert guidance:
  • Services to test access service implementations potentially deployed by others:
  • Support of integration testing and informing usability testing
  • Attendance and demonstration at GEO Plenary
Link to Response
EuroGEOSS and GENESIS The main development  is that of evolving the brokering architecture demonstrated in AIP-3, regardless of the specific thematic area that were covered in the previous development iteration. In particular, the following areas were identified as deserving improvement:

o Enhancing the capabilities of the Discovery Augmentation Component by enabling access to different SPARQL-compliant repositories in order to federate independent vocabulary services.

o Improving the client-side functionalities, enabling a more effective user experience in the browsing of the vocabulary services that will be federated by the broker.

o Increasing the number and coverage of the thesauri that are provided by the GENESIS Vocabulary Service. 

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EuroGEOSS and UncertWEB Activity #1:  This pilot will mainly consume  datasets provided through OGC services (WFS, WCS) and GBIF RESTFUL services.   In particular, WCS will provide forecast datasets from the IPCC third assessment (temperature, precipitation, etc.); WFS will provide boundary datasets from the World Database of Protected Areas1 (WDPA); and the GBIF RESTFUL services will be used for accessing species presence datasets. 

Activity #2: make use of the new (or enhanced) components of the EuroGEOSS Advanced Operating Capacity (AOC). The eHabitat 3.0, an uncertainty-enabled WPS for ecological forecasting, will be developed. This will make use of UncertML to encode and address uncertainties in the outputs.    Introducing the EuroGEOSS Data Access Broker component.   As far as semantics-enabled discovery is concerned, the pilot will make use of the new version of the EuroGEOSS Discovery Augmentation Component (DAC) in order to access the Thesaurus for EO Observation Parameters developed in the context of the GEOSS Sprint to Plenary activity. 

Link to Response

The purpose of our effort will be to assist with development of requirements for selection of components that enable exploitation of priority EO data sources. We will assist by providing input on components we have or will derive from our Societal Benefit Area UML Architecture products.. We will also record components selected in our Technology views for each SBA and offered by other team members. 

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