GEOSS Future Products Workshop 2013

Workshop Sponsors




This workshop provided a unique opportunity to learn how GEOSS as a platform makes all sorts of sensor and model data available in an interoperable manner.  Data streaming from in-situ and remote sensing sensors (Sensor Web), models (Model Web) offers a huge potential to generate a wide portfolio of on-demand and near real time products.This multi-day workshop will feature: invited speakers and contributed positions; breakout sessions to exchange views and provide proposed approaches; with summaries posted on the web.

To meet the GEO aim of achieving interoperability of existing and new systems that provide essential environmental observations and information, this workshop builds on prior GEO activities including: the GCI Architecture Workshop in 2008, SIF Interoperability Workshops, GEO Sensor Web Workshops; and initiates similar discussions for the GEOSS Model Web.  In the GEO Work Plan these activities are elements of GEO Task IN-05 "GEOSS Design and Interoperability".

March 26-28, 2013 at NOAA Science Center, 1301 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD, USA. 

Link to the Final Report of the Future Products Workshop

An article about this workshop is published in EarthZine.

Overall Agenda

See the session agendas through the links - presentations will be added in the next week.  Agenda as a document

Session Chair

1. Overview and Introduction
Policy and Science Vision for GEOSS

George Percivall, OGC
2. Current GEOSS Architectures 
What exists and what is hindering progress 
Martin Yapur, NOAA
Kathy Fontaine, NASA
3. Sensor Web
Observations for forecasts, on-demand 
Karen Moe, NASA
Dr. Michael Frielich, NASA
4. Model Web
Vision and current frameworks 
Stefano Nativi, CNR
5. Interoperability and Resource Discovery
Linked data, brokers, unique identifiers 
Steve Browdy,
during Break
6. Discussion on the Way forward 

Ingo Simonis, OGC-E
7. Wrap-up and planning 

George Percivall, OGC

Workshop Flyer

 The Workshop flyer is available online here but the agenda is out of date.


Session 1. Overview and Introduction - Policy and Science Vision for GEOSS

This session addressed the overall objectives of the workshop.  The workshop to defined how GEOSS as a platform can make data from Sensor Webs and Model Webs available in an interoperable manner to generate a wide portfolio of on-demand and near real time products.

This workshop of experts was organized under the auspices of the GEO Infrastructure Implementation Board (IN-Board) with leadership from GEO Task IN-05 "GEOSS Design and Interoperability".  The workshop builds on prior events of the GEOSS Architecture and Data Committee in particular the successful series on Sensor Web and the GEOSS Common Infrastructure.  

An outcome of the workshop is to provide recommendations to IIB and GEO about how to make future products more readily available and useful to GEOSS Users.

Session Agenda

Chair:  George Percivall, OGC



Session 2. Current GEOSS Architectures -  What exists and what is hindering progress 

This session focuses on current architectures and functionality of GEOSS based on System of Systems Principles. Throughout this session, we will seek to gain a broader understanding of what is hindering progress.  We will explore architectures being developed and will try to answer if the architecture/functionality we are currently using is really matching the needs of the user communities.

Session Agenda

Chairs:  Martin Yapur, NOAA and Kathy Fontaine, NASA

References for Session


Session 3. Sensor Web - 
Observations for forecasts, on-demand 

Themes of Session: 1) to explore techniques to integrate in situ and satellite observations, and model forecasts in a sensor web architecture, and 2) to look at ways to enable users to leverage sensor webs to develop 'on-demand' products. 

The expected session outcomes include recommendations to GEOSS on how to to incorporate techniques or components that would enable new future products with sensor webs.

Session Agenda

Chair:  Karen Moe, NASA

Theme 1: Integrating in situ, satellite and model forecasts in sensor webs

Theme 2: Enabling on-demand products

Discussion for both Sensor Web Themes

References for Session

  • EO-1 flood sensor web project
  • OGC Sensor Web Enablement open standards
  • Sensor-model integration for supporting the GEOSS societal benefit areas
  • Incorporating models into the sensor webs 
  • Scientific Workflows on the Sensor Web 
  • Integration of data and on-demand data products generation 
  • Automated Data Delivery and Processing for Disaster Events, S. Graves, U. Nair, K. Keiser, poster presented at the ESIP 2013 Winter Meeting, Jan 2013,   
  • “User-center goals driving system workflows”

Dr. Michael Frielich, NASA

Dr. Michael Freilich, Earth Science Division Director

Presentation:  NASA Earth Science Division Update

  • NASA Earth Science Overview and Status
  • Future Mission Plans
  • CEOS and GEO Leadership and Engagement
  • ESD Budget Outlook
    • Sequester Gyrations
    • Details of FY14 President’s Budget Proposal (time permitting)

Session 4. Model Web - Vision and current frameworks

This session addresses the “Model Web” action (and Vision) as part of GEOSS IN-05 component: GEOSS Design and Interoperability.The Model Web is a generic concept for increasing access to models and their outputs and to facilitate greater model-model interaction, resulting in webs of interacting models, databases, and websites. Integrating models into more complex, tightly coupled model systems has been done for decades and has led to great progress in predictive capabilities.

The topics addressed by this session include but are not limited to:

  • The Model Web overview/vision
  • User-perspective of the Model Web concept
  • Challenges and future products to implement the Model Web vision
  • Relevant on-going projects

Session Agenda

Chair:  Stefano Nativi, CNR

Theme 1: Model Web Vision

Theme 2: Model Web Implementation

Discussion for both Model Web Themes

References for Session

Session 5. Interoperability and Resource Discovery - Linked data, brokers, unique identifiers   

This session looked into areas of promise with respect to multidisciplinary interoperability of, discovery of, and access to Earth observation resources.  Linked data, unique identifiers, and brokering will be discussed generally and with regards to Model Web and Sensor Web efforts.  There will also be discussions of semantics as it applies to the presentations, a discussion of authentication and single sign-on as it applies to accessing data, and examples of operational networks, such as Polar Data Network.  

This session was organized by the Standards and Interoperability Forum (SIF)

Session Agenda

Chair:  Steve Browdy, IEEE & OMS Tech

References for Session


Demonstrations during were conducted during an extended break.  

  • GEO DAB – Mattia Santoro, CNR and EC-JRC
  • Arctic Data Explorer – Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa, 
  • ENVISION Platform – Titi Roman, SINTEF
  • GEOSS Architecture Progress – George Percivall
  • Video - Ben Burford, Steve Browdy 

Session 6. Discussion on the Way forward

Based on the discussions of previous sessions, what can we do now to get more use out of GEOSS.  How can GEOSS be supportive of the broad community. 

Session Agenda

Chair:  Ingo Simonis, OGC-E

Session 7. Wrap-up and planning 

Session Agenda

Chair:  George Percivall, OGC

  • Introduction (these slides contain all presentations below except Espen Volden's)
    • George Percivall, IN-05 Task Coordinator and Steve Browdy, IN-05-1 Component Lead
  • GEO Work Plan
    • Espen Volden, GEO Secretariat
  • EO Ministerial Summit Planning
    • Kathy Fontaine, NASA and US GEO
  • AIP-6 Update
    • Bart de Lathouwer, OGC
  • GEOSS European projects workshop (GEPW7)

    • Joan Maso GeoViQua (CREAF) presented a summary of this Future Products Workshop to the GEPW7
  • Workshop Publication Planning
    • Workshop Report – Workshop Chairs 
    • Capacity Building Report – Karine Ferreira, INPE
    • Article in “Environmental Modelling & Software” journal, Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, editor; Stefano Nativi to author

End of Future Products Workshop

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