AIP-6 CFP Responses

Listed below are the responses to the AIP-6 Call for Participation (CFP) that have been received to date.  As each of the Responses included multiple organizations, the response represents contributions from over xxx organizations. An Analysis of the CFP Responses will be developed to support planning for the AIP-6 development. 

  • INCOSE - Development of information, Computational, Engineering and Technology views for each SBA addressed in AIP5 and Solution Architecture recommendation for necessary components and their requirements
  • COBWEB - Project’s Access Management Federation
  • FCU - Increase Satellite Images availability in GEOSS-using Formosat 2
  • FCU - Development of a New System Approach to Agricultural Land Use Sustainability with Various Interfaces
  • MINES ParisTech - Participation in the development of the scenario and provision of persistent operational services
  • MEDINA - Seagrasses habitat suitability model
  • GEOWOW & EarthServer - GCI Research
  • CITI-SENSE - Development of sensor-based Citizens' Observatory Community for improving quality of life in cities FP7 project 308524 
  • ITRI - Disaster Management Platform with OGC OpenGeoSMS Standard and EO data on mobile
  • Esri - utilitizing GEO-Core data sets found in the clearinghouse to create hosted Web Maps focused on SBAs. These Web Maps will be focused on bringing together various data sources from GCI. 
  • GeoViQua - User Feedback System and GeoViQua Agriculture and Carbon Scenarios
  • GLOS - Service-Based Distribution of Tributary Loading Data and Development of a Charting Tool for Identification of Excursions from Historical Norms [PLACEHOLDER]
  • GEOSS Water Services - Implementation of a global registry of water data, map and modeling services
  • Compusult - Societal Benefit Area Alignment and Support and Component and Service Contributions 
  • NASA - Geo-Social API for Product Discovery and Web Service Security
  • (Afriterra Foundation - Capacity Building)
  • GMU - Disaster Management
  • ESSiUsing small Unmanned Aerial Systems for agriculture monitoring and emergency management
  • SAEON - Development of a Regional Data Centre for Biodiversity in Africa

Initial analysis, used for building the agenda


 Responses to the AIP-6 CFP are listed below in the order in which they were received.

Lead Organisation Overview of the Response (Section 1 of the response) 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.

We will complete the Information, Computational, Engineering and Technology views of the GEOSS Societal benefit Areas(SBAs developed in AIP-5 and proposed new SBAs.  This effort will result in the derivation and recording of the required data sources and requirements for archiving of data and alternative selections for data brokers Proposed Contributions.

Link to Response


The COBWEB project proposes to concentrate on providing solutions to issues identified under the activity 2 heading “increase availability of GEOSS datasets”, specifically, under 2b “coordination of data sharing”

We will further develop and solidify work from previous AIP’s and the Data Sharing Working Group that has identified a need for user registration, authentication and Single Sign On. 

Building on prior work and extensive operational experience, we will aim to show how access management federation technology can meet GEOSS requirements.  Whilst COBWEB is a research project, our emphasis in this pilot will be on demonstrating production strength solutions to authentication based on open source software and existing, widespread infrastructure.

Link To Response


In recent decades, global warming has been gradually serious which induced disaster dispread around the world. GEOSS is helping to reduce risk over the long term by providing a better understanding of the relationship between natural disasters and climate change. By making it possible to integrate different types of disaster-related data and information from diverse sources, GEOSS aims to strengthen analysis and enable informed decision making for disaster response and risk reduction.

Our proposed contribution intends to maintain the availability not only a near real- time satellite information web service which has been registered with GEOSS portal (ETA4Satellite service) and the Web-Based Near Real-Time Satellite Information Query System which has been provided a user friendly interface to get the latest satellite images effectively and efficiently which were developed in the previous AIP-5, but also to develop a service which can query the historical satellite images(Formosat 2 mainly) from National Space Organization(NSPO), Taiwan, this service will be registered to GCI to interoperate with other mature systems, also an APP which can query the historical images  by using this service will be developed as well.

Link To Response


Agricultural activity is the most important industry for humans from ancient times to now. It provides the energy and the nutrition that humans need for existence. For decades, humans started being aware of the importance of sustainable development because the environmental destruction which was due to the rapid increase of population and excessive consumption of resources has influenced the living space of them. The sustainable development in agriculture is one of the most important parts of sustainable development. The development of precision agriculture and digital agriculture bring about many positive effects in sustainable development of agriculture.

SALUS (System Approach to Land Use Sustainability) model is developed from CERES and DSSAT is designed to simulate the impact of agronomic management on yield and environmental impact. SALUS model has new approaches and algorithms for simulating soil carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, tillage, soil water balance and yield components. In the past, the use of the crop model was not easy for general users like farmers and officers because of the detailed input data and complex setup. We have simplified the interface of SALUS program and developed a web based version of SALUS model. Users can use this model via the Internet to understand what the sensible management practice for their fields is.

Link To Response

MINES ParisTech

The Global Atlas for Solar and Wind is the outcome of an international effort involving 39 countries. It was initiated under the Clean Energy Ministerial and is coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) based in Abu Dhabi. The Global Atlas is a contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, initiated by the United Nations. This initiative was referenced as well as the European FP7 projects ENDORSE (ENergy DOwnstReam SErvices - Providing energy components for GMES; 2011-2013) under the AIP-5.

The development of the Global Atlas has benefitted from the expertise and projects lead by the development team of the technical architecture. Those projects include the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) programme formerly coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme, the Solar-Mediterranean Atlas coordinated by DLR, the UAE Solar Atlas coordinated by MASDAR Institute, or the NREL web-GIS platform, to name a few.

In 2013, the consortium of the Atlas will focus on including new resources, and enhancing the capabilities of the Catalog and WebGIS. The initiative should be progressively expanded, in order to reference geothermal, bioenergy and hydropower-related data and services. A demonstration of the Global Atlas capabilities over the ECOWAS region is under discussion with the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). The geospatial Catalog containing hundreds of energy and environment resources other SBA’s such as Heath, Water, Biodiversity and Agriculture should benefit from access to such resources

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The purpose of this CFP Response is to present the steps required for the implementation of a Habitat Suitability Model applied to seagrass (sp.Posidonia oceanica) in order to insert the model (included input and output) in GEOSS.

The meaning of a Habitat Suitability Model will be defined below, then its application to the marine seagrass case of study, interesting for MEDINA objectives, will be examined. The bio-chemical-physical parameters, used as input data to the model, will be defined and, on the basis of the work carried out for task 3.1 of WP3 MEDINA Reference Catalogue, the databases, which give easily access to them as well as the time and spatial resolution available, will be defined.

Link To Response

GEOWOW & EarthServer

The GCI provides access to GEOSS information in the most general fashion and is the starting point for broadest entry to GEOSS. This proposal focuses on testing and enhancing the GEO DAB to support and increase availability of resources in GEOSS and better serve the many different SBAs and Communities of Practice.

The GEO Discovery and Access Broker (DAB) framework was first developed by the EuroGEOSS1 research programme of the European Commission under the leadership of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) (Vaccari et al., 2012). The GEO DAB is part of the operational GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and provides intermediation services among heterogeneous capacities and information systems. The GEO DAB framework consists of: a Discovery Broker (Nativi and Bigagli, 2009) – with an extension for semantic augmentation (Santoro et al., 2012) – and an Access Broker. The GEO DAB is presently maintained and enhanced in the GEOWOW EC FP7 Project.

The EarthServer (European Scalable Earth Science Service Environment) project co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme is developing specifications and tools for open access and ad-hoc analytics on Earth Science (ES) data. Service interfaces are based on the OGC geo service standards Web Coverage Service (WCS) and Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS). In this context, several EarthServer instances will be connected with the GEO DAB. Discovery functionalities will be provided accessing the WCS 2.0 interface exposed by EarthServer instances. The getCapabilities operation provides the listing of coverage offerings which can be harvested by the GEO DAB. The Access Broker will connect with the WCPS interface exposed by the EarthServer instances in order to provide access and basic transformation services through a set of pre-defined WCPS queries. If the transformation is provided by the access service (e.g. by WCS, or WCPS for EarthServer instances), the broker will resort to it, otherwise external transformation services will be used.

Link To Response


The purpose of this response from the CITI-SENSE project is to offer to increase Societal Benefit Area (SBA) use of GEOSS resources by end-users, citizens and researchers including a context of citizens’ science in particular in the Societal Benefit Areas (SBA) of Health with Climate and Weather through Air Quality.

The content of this response is a description of how the CITI-SENSE project can assist in increasing the use of GEOSS resources by end-users for the Societal Benefit Areas (SBA) of Health with Climate and Weather through Air Quality.

The approach of this response is to use the European FP7 project CITI-SENSE as a foundation for a focus on the use of GEOSS within the Societal Benefit Areas of Health with Climate and Weather through Air Quality, and to increase the availability of GEOSS resources by providing data services and sensor information through the GEOSS Common  Infrastructure.

The benefits of this response is an Increased Societal Benefit Area (SBA) use of GEOSS resources by end-users – in particular in the Societal Benefit Areas (SBA) of Health with Climate and Weather through Air Quality, and an increased availability of GEOSS resources.

Link To Response

ITRI GeoThings contributes a web-based integration interface for GEOSS data sharing coordination. Our contribution aims at solidifying AIP-5 Disaster Management SBA by implementing Open GeoSMS Standard in SMS in user communication. User-end could gain in-situ GEOSS data on a mobile device and a consolidated end to receive and oversee information sent from any remote area. This contribution (as illustrated below) could act as a platform for coordination and data-sharing including geo-information and Earth Observation data.  Link To Response

Esri proposes to help with Activity #2 by focusing on ‘building on and increasing the use of GCI by making more resources discoverable and useable’. We propose to do that by utilitizing GEO-Core data sets found in the clearinghouse to create hosted Web Maps focused on SBAs. These Web Maps will be focused on bringing together various data sources from GCI

Link To Response

GeoViQua proposes to contribute with two scenarios around quality encoding and visualization. The Agriculture and Carbon Cycle scenarios demonstrate how GEOSS data can be used considering quality for the benefits of their respective Societal Benefit Areas.

Additionally, GeoViQua plans to contribute with a user feedback database and user feedback service with the intention of having them integrated in the GCI Architecture. The objective is to complement the producer metadata about the quality of these resources that is already provided by the Discovery and Access Broker (DAB). Additionally, a client will be provided to query and to produce this information.

 Link To Response

[Placeholder] Harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie, one of the Laurentian Great Lakes shared between Canada and the United States, have been increasing in frequency over the past decade. The increase is suspected to be linked to high nutrient loads from tributaries, especially those from the Maumee River.

The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), a registered contributor to GEOSS, proposes to facilitate the sustained publication via web service of the extensive tributary monitoring dataset collected by Heidelberg College. The measured daily tributary concentrations and estimated loads in the dataset will be useful in managers’ researchers’ and other stakeholders’ efforts to better understand, forecast, and mitigate the occurrence of HABs in Lake Erie.

GLOS will also coordinate with Heidelberg College, LimnoTech, and other stakeholders on the design and development of an online charting tool that aids in the identification of excursions beyond historical norms. A conceptual application of this chart is shown in the figure below, where cumulative Maumee River tributary load for 2012 is shown against norms derived from the historical record. If the cumulative load nears or exceeds previous maximums during May and June of the current year, it is highly likely that HABs extent and severity will be high later in the year.

Link To Response 
GEOSS Water Services
In support of the GEOSS Strategic Water Target and activities of the IGWCO Community of Practice, this proposal is intended to provide additional operational capability, in particular for in situ water observations, to be called GEOSS Water Services, as a federated resource in GEOSS. We define the scope of the current proposal as “a global registry of water data, map and modeling services catalogued using the standards and procedures of the OGC and the WMO”. This registry will be open to all participants and institutions from any country or level of government, and applies to any type of water information, although first we’ll focus on physical hydrology.   It is anticipated that this GEOSS Water Services project will be undertaken in collaboration with Theme 2: “Data Operations and Management” of the WMO Commission for Hydrology, which is active from 2012 to 2016. Link to Response

Compusult’s intent is to provide components and services to support the Disaster SBA, and indeed any SBA that could benefit from the services and technology we are proposing. 

In support of the GEOSS AIP-6 Compusult proposes to make the following contributions:

  • We will provide the ability to access the GCI via Compusult’s GO Mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS based mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. In addition to accessing the GCI this mobile capability will:
    • use mobile Apps to display OGC services such as
      WMS and WMTS; and,
    • use the built-in sensors (GPS, camera,
      microphone, etc.) of mobile devices to provide improved, real-time, situational
      awareness necessary for disaster management and mitigation.
  • We will offer access to the latest version of our Meta Manager tool which AIP-6
    participants can use to connect databases and data to GEOSS.
Link To Response

Develop an architecture for End-users, that is easily discoverable and can generate Products on-demand. End-users are invited to participate and and provide valuable feedback.

If there is a flood in say Namibia, our end-user will request relevant products for the area of interest.  Products can be actual flood maps, flood predictions, precipitation or weather forecasts.  Data products are discovered in real-time from a query.  The user decides on relevant product of interest to obtain.

There is a behavior associated with each product that assists the user with steps to follow to generate product.  Behaviors are stored as code-on-demand on the server side and executed on client-side.  Client can be a smart-phone or tablet capable of running a browser.

Link to Response
Afriterra Foundation Capacity Building

One purpose of this response from GMU CSISS is to strengthen and expand two agricultural community portals – agricultural drought and crop condition/growth, to develop one new disaster community portal – flood assessment portal, and offer several products, 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, with sponsors and partners NASA, USDA NASS, and USDA RMA.

The contents of this response include specific proposed contributions to the two AIP-6 SBAs: Disaster SBA and Agriculture SBA. The efforts will benefit the GEOSS communities at large by producing informational products freely accessible, online, and timely through standard web service interfaces.

Link To Response
 USSi The service we are providing is based on a fleet of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), which are capable of capturing high resolution
aerial imagery and video products. The primary purpose of the equipment is the
monitoring of crop condition and support of disaster management efforts;
however, sUAS technology offers a platform capable of being customized to
perform various tasks.
Link To Response

SAEON (the South African Environmental Observation Network) is mandated by the South African Government to gather, maintain, and preserve environmental observation data for the long term. In pursuit of this, SAEON is an active participant in the global Long-Term Observation Network (ILTER), and has developed information technology infrastructure over a period of several years to support this mandate. SAEON has been a proponent of free and open access from inception, and remains an active supporter of interoperable, standards-based systems development – hence a strong association with GEO since 2009.

 - Explore modelweb aspects in respect of automated chaining of  brokered resources or GEO BON registry references to web-based processing
- Rework our current suite of mapping, charting, and Web Context persistence components to align with the 'Helper' application - essentially basing it on MIME types instead of (currently) hardcoded recognition of actionable data sources and services.

Link To Response


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