AIP-2 CFP Responses

Listed below are the 38 responses to the Call for Participation in Phase 2 of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot.  An Analysis of the first 33 CFP Responses was developed to support planning for the AIP-2 Kickoff in September 2008.  

In the "Response or Contact" column, either a link to the response is provided if available or a contact address is provided for planned responses.  The responses contain detailed contact information. For the contact address, change " at " to "@" to get the correct e-mail address.

 Lead Organization  
 Topics addressed in the response 
INCOSE INCOSE will Assist Societal Benefits Areas (SBA) technical architecture development by developing and coordinating the effort of all SBA teams developing scenarios. The architecture artifacts will be developed using the Reference-model Open Distributed Processing - Reference Model - ISO/IEC 10746. The RM-ODP will be used to define the five viewpoints that will be developed for each SBA. response
The participation of BKG is mainly focused on tests for components and services as well as interoperability testing. The content of the services are covering the area of Germany.
BKG is planning to register several services and an application, GeoPortal.Bund. Also it is foreseen to participate in interoperability testing by providing a catalog-test based on OGC's team engine. Another contribution is the refinement of the architecture and interoperability arrangements.
ESRI Canada As a contribution to the AIP Phase 2 activities, ESRI Canada proposes to perform the following:
•    Participate in the refinement and augmentation of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure by performing user scenarios and providing feedback on the GEO Web Portal.
•    Assist in the registration of components and services either hosted by ESRI Canada or others.
•    Participate in the development of user scenarios for Disaster Management and potentially Biodiversity (protected areas) Societal Benefit Areas (SBA).
•    Participate in the refinement of the initial architecture based on activities performed in the AIP Phase 2 work.
ICT4EO As a consortium - ICT4EO & UKZN & 52°North - propose to contribute to the Second AIP Call in several ways. The consortium will provide multi-risk management related services and data sets and integrates existing GEOSS resources into a multi-risk management system for Southern Africa. By this, the consortium analyzes the usability of the existing initial operating capability. The activity will be conducted in close cooperation with NASA and other space agencies and related institutions. response
GEO-Ukraine The GEO-UA system - Ukrainian segment of GEOSS will develop the following scenarios and services:
- Demonstration Scenario Development: Disaster - Flooding
- Component and Service Contributions: SOS for Global Forecasting System (GFS) and TRMM precipitation anomaly detection. Web Processing service (WPS) for flood mapping from satellite imagery Visualization Services: visualizing EO data using OGC WMS, KML, etc.
IP3 The IP3 Team will host, register and operate the IP3 Mediator component that includes a Catalogue Service and is a Client to numerous disciplinary services based upon interoperability arrangements. The IP3 Team will participate in interoperability testing of the IP3 Mediator with other registered components and services to assist in the realization of selected SBA scenarios, in particular the Biodiversity SBA. The IP3 Team will contribute to the refinement of the GEOSS AIP architecture including how the Mediator and Model Web components fit into the GEOSS Architecture Engineering Viewpoint.   IP3 will also make recommendations where open standards are not currently meeting the needs of the disciplines including draft recommendations to the standards developing organizations based upon the GEOSS "Special Arrangements." response
JAXA JAXA is offering these Components: Catalog services and on-line access (WMS) for JAXA Earth observation satellite data; The catalogue server and the WMS server will be registered for the GEOSS registry. Users can be provided the services via portal/GEOSS clearinghouse. This will be beneficial to all the scenarios in Annex B, especially "Disaster Response SBA". JAXA is developing on-line access (WMS) and the catalogue services. response
NOAA IOOS NOAA IOOS proposes to contribute two Sensor Observation Service (SOS) implementations serving in situ oceanographic data. A NOAA partner, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA), will also contribute an SOS implementation. NOAA further proposes to participate in elaboration and refinement of the GEOSS architecture. NOAA may also contribute other data, and data visualization and conversion services, depending on availability and GEOSS requirements. response
Noblis Noblis current IR&D addresses societal benefits associated with not only climate change, water management, and ecosystem assessment, but also the reduction and prevention of disasters - in our case, man-made radiological incidents. Furthermore, given the nature of our research, we expect it might have significance to other GEO Tasks, including: Disasters, DI-06-09, Use of Satellites for Risk Management, Biodiversity EC-07-01 Global Ecosystem Observation and Monitoring Network, the Sensors DA-07-04 Sensor Web Enablement for In-Situ.
Because our prototypes and architecture components and services are still in development and require further test and evaluation, we propose assuming an initial role of observer providing recommendation and comment to the participants of the pilot study. With more complete systems and services, and with experience in the community, we expect to migrate to a role of participant.
NASA World Wind NASA's objectives for participating in this pilot include
- Investigating ways to enhance NASA World Wind with greater capability of discovering earth science data registered in the GEOSS Clearinghouse and leveraging World Wind's OGC-standards support in accessing, visualizing and integrating the discovered data in a 3D environment.
- Experimenting with access to sensor web resources provided as part of the persistent operational services in support of GEOSS SBAs.
- Designing a set of modules based on the pilot work that can become part of the World Wind open source core and can then be used/adapted/extended by the community to support various projects and SBAs.
 Caribbean Flood The Flood Pilot will provide Caribbean Disaster Management agencies and other support groups in the region with access to an array of satellite data, flood models, in-situ sensors, and baseline data sets through a common web-based interface available on  internet browsers and hand-held wireless devices. It is proposed that this common web-based interface will be harmonized with the existing SERVIR system which currently serves Mesoamerica. By implementing this pilot, regional capacity in the application of  satellite-based disaster products will be enhanced by fulfilling the objectives of the Global Earth  Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).  response
CIESIN CIESIN plans to contribute 3 major enterprise components:
1) A standards-compliant web-based client that supports at least four OGC specifications: Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), and Web Map Context (WMC);
2) A set of data and associated data services related to population, urban area extents, species location, protected areas, and hazard distributions; and
3) A Web Processing Service (WPS) that permits geospatial analysis of user-defined areas for selected variables on the topics listed above.
CIESIN will focus on two of the Societal Benefit Areas and scenarios outlined in the CFP: Disaster Response and Protected Areas. CIESIN has extensive experience in linking data and information products with applied research and decision making in both of these arenas. 

ESRI anticipates supporting the pilot by:
- Participating in the kickoff meeting September 25-26th and participating in weekly calls
- Review architecture documents and provide feedback.
- Hosting a GEOSS Portal and Clearinghouse prototype based on the latest version of the GIS Portal Toolkit.
- Making client components available for searching the GEOSS clearinghouses that may be used in ArcGIS Explorer (free download) or ArcGIS Desktop (for users who have a license to this software).
ESRI recognizes that GEO envisions a comprehensive and coordinated system of systems which will be sustained and yield societal benefits and, therefore, we are interested in continuing our participation in GEOSS and offer voluntary contributions in the form of advisory technical consulting support, sustainable software and solutions, hosting services for demonstration environment, SDLC best practices and partnerships.

CNES and ERDAS The proposed contribution to the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot described in this document is a Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility (HMA) compliant metadata catalogue which provides access to metadata on imagery acquired by the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters.  response
ESA ESA response to the AIP Phase 2, in coordination with other space agencies through the Ground Segment Coordination Body (GSCB) and in cooperation with several partners, aims at augmenting the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) and at supporting the current GCI IOC phase. To this end and to contribute to the increase of the GEOSS interoperability between the various and different components, the following contributions and activities are proposed:
1. GEOPortal - : This contribution is proposed in cooperation with FAO and is based on the GEOPortal developed in the framework of the AIP 2007 and actually part of the GCI. The contribution to the AIP 2008 consists in maintaining the current capabilities and functionalities of the GEOPortal (both operationally and in terms of content management), in adding new functionalities to the GEOPortal or improving the available ones, in upgrading the GEOPortal basing on received inputs (e.g. from User Community, Task Force, GEO Secretariat, etc...) and in the consolidation of its interoperability and interfaces with the other GCI components (e.g. GEOSS Clearinghouses and Registries).
2. FedEO EO Community Clearinghouse: This contribution is proposed in cooperation with Eumetsat, OGC and the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" (via CNES which supports the charter catalogue) and is aimed at improving and consolidating the FedEO EO Community Clearinghouse prototype developed in the 2007 FedEO pilot and already accessible through the GEOPortal, and at increasing the number of community catalogues accessible through it (and then through the GEOPortal) using the interoperability protocols defined within the HMA projects. The HMA interoperability protocols followed OGC procedures to become OGC best practises and standards and will be used in GMES, the European Contribution to GEOSS.
3. SSE - Workflow, Conformance Testing and Test Environment: This contribution, proposed by ESA and based on the ESA's Service Support Environment (SSE), consists in a Workflow and Conformance Test Environment together with a number of Conformance Test Tools to test catalogues, orders, processing and access to the data. This component can be seen as a Workflow Management Engine and a service Test Facility for conformance/compliance test of data and models to ensure proper and interoperable use of GEOSS components and services in applications and interfaces
ESIP AQ Cluster The ESIP Air Quality Cluster has recently initiated the development of software components of which purpose is to provide specific software support for data sharing and data usage. These include: a community catalog, community portal and metadata workspaces. These components are being developed to support the general air quality community, broad interagency participation, persistency and applicability to multiple air quality-related applications. The ESIP AQ Cluster contributes toward the three aspects of AIP-II :
1. Supporting the development of the AIP SBA Scenario for Air Quality
2. Establishing a set of persistent "operational, research and technical exemplars" services that support the GEOSS societal benefit areas (AIP CFP)
3. Modifying the GCI architecture by providing community interfaces for adding and accessing data. It is hoped that the feedback from Phase II of AIP will help in improving these components.
ICAN The International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) would like to participate and assist by essentially providing a coastal data infrastructure model and functioning coastal system for GEOSS. Coastal data and information will be an important ingredient in reaching consensus on the architectural elements needed to support interoperable systems for understanding all aspects of the Earth system. In recent years significant momentum has occurred in the development of Internet resources for coastal environments, where 2.2 billion people live within a 100 km range. A key aspect of this trend has been the development of coastal atlases, based on web-enabled GIS. However, current inventories within coastal atlases are insufficient for the purposes of networking between them. Each atlas has different classifications of data and information (e.g., critical information on coastal erosion that may be needed across a broad geographic region as supplied by several different atlases). New semantic web tools and evolution of standard metadata descriptions and interfaces are opening a road to interoperate within
atlases, and we therefore see the approaches and solutions of ICAN are promising with regard to assisting GEOSS. We therefore look forward to leveraging our approaches and solutions for the GEO Architecture Implementation Pilot - Phase 2 (AIP-2).
ISPRA ISPRA (the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), previously APAT, can take place both on services provider and procedure implementing roles in GEOSS context.   Taking advantage from previous experiences on sharing spatial data, the SINA system is based on the EIOnet framework, in order to promote the Italian participation in European initiatives aiming at building an effective European environmental information system and to ensure a better integration between the European environmental information system and the Italian one facilitating the streamlining data flow. response
Mines Paris Tech  The response intends to support the SBA Energy by developing services providing irradiance data among other parameters, thus contributing to the realization of the scenario. In addition, the response intends to instantiate this scenario by simulating the case of the sitting of a solar power plant. This instantiation requests the development of specific applications calling upon data available from the GEOSS community. If possible, these applications will be turned into Web services. Solar radiation is of interest in several other SBAs. The proposal will support these SBAs by providing such data. The developed Web services will be registered with GEOSS. Thus, the proposal contributes to Components and Services. Finally, by sharing its expertise in information system, the proposal will contribute to Architecture and Interoperability Arrangement Development. The SoDa Service has already been registered as a Special Arrangement. The new development made by the IEA task SHC 36 is using portlets (JSR168). The project is ready to work with ADC to make such portlets available through the GEOSS portal. response
SURA/NIMSAT/GoMOOS  SURA/SCOOP, GoMOOS and NIMSAT team will explore other issues in the context of a GEOSS environment, such as using OGC standards services for forecast data. NIMSAT is also exploring the usability of other GEOSS services for the modeling of all-hazard risk.
Furthermore, NIMSAT is planning to harvest other disaster data using standardized services, and also register the all-hazard map services in a GEOSS standard format.
Issues to address:
• Work with the emergency management community in Northeast U.S. and Northern Gulf of Mexico on needs-based application of these tools,
• Apply OGC standards to support decision tools for coastal storm and hurricanes impacts that mitigate property loss and save lives,
• Automatic discover mechanism for a data of interest using the GEOSS registry (e.g. inundation forecast),
• Automatic parsing of the data being requested (time series, coverages, images etc.) to feed the risk model,
• Content information required in the model output and services so that the model output is discoverable and properly used,
• Processes for updating available services and data.
Washington University in St. Louis  Washington University (WU) offers to participate in the Air Quality Scenario development through the ESIP Air Quality Cluster Community.  WU is offering services of the federated data system, DataFed which includes: Catalog Component for Registering Atmospheric Composition Data, Data Access, Processing and Orchestration Services. WU will participate in the further development of the GEOSS Architecture with emphasis on identifying and responding to the needs of user requirements  Response
Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman is responding to participate in the scenario-based use cases on Air Quality and Disaster Response. We seek to participate in the GEOSS AIP by collaborating with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs) working groups and external agencies and will apply open standards for interoperability to achieve user objectives in environments of operational use for GEOSS. Our interest in GEOSS and the AIP is to advance the state of technology and architecture and to evaluate standards to meet use-case driven requirements.
Northrop Grumman intends to contribute services, components, and data from our collaborative network of partnering organizations in supportng the air quality and disaster response SBA scenarios. We also intend to participate in the review of the AIP process. Northrop Grumman will build upon and augment the GEOSS Initial Operating Capability (IOC) previously established in Phase I by collaborating to develop scenarios with realistic features and events that include persistent data, product, and service providers.
ERDAS TITAN ERDAS's contribution to the AIP is a geospatial collaboration and information sharing infrastructure, built upon the ERDAS TITAN service. It offers a freely downloadable rich Desktop application that allows users to rapidly establish ad hoc, spatially-enabled data sharing networks for use by emergency management and response professsionals.  This application levarages the power of OGC web services, allowing user to build mash-ups across local files and remote OGC web service data, as well as dynamically publishing local desktop data as OGC web services that anyone else can consume. ERDAS TITAN geospatial networking solution offers a turnkey enrolment capability that will allow some community of users from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) initiative to operate as a dynamic social network of global citizens concerned about particular GEO Societal Benefit Areas, such as emergency management and response.  response
EPA AIRNow is a cooperative effort of a number of US Government, state, local and tribal agencies to make air quality forecasts and conditions readily available to the health community, media, and the public. AIRNow automatically ingests, performs QA/QC checks, and maps ozone and particulate air quality monitoring data from across the United States and Canada. The flagship product is the AIRNow Website ( where users can easily access air quality data in the form of Air Quality Indices, a simple, health-based indication of pollutant levels. AIRNow is improving access to this information in two ways.
First, AIRNow, through the flagship website and other servers, provides air quality information in several formats, including KML, WCS, and WMS. These dataflows will be interoperable within the GEOSS architecture. Second, AIRNow software is currently being rewritten to be portable, service-oriented, and standards-based, with an emphasis on GEOSS standards. This portable software package will then be made available to international partners. AIRNow-International will be first implemented by the Shanghai (China) Environmental Protection Bureau, in advance of the Shanghai Expo in 2010.
NOAA SNAAP The Simple NOAA Archive Access Portal (SNAAP) is essentially an interface between web clients and an arbitrary set of heterogeneous data sources. It interfaces with services through an API communicating catalog search, data selection, and other data service requests. The data services are each implemented to allow them to interact with a variety of data sources, through customized metadata records or adapters. SNAAP currently supports data sources from CLASS, SPIDR, SABR and other NOAA data archive systems as well as several international data system from the World Data Center.  response
USGS The U.S. Geological Survey in support of its science mission has abundant earth resource information could be contributed to GEOSS in association with polar regions and the International Polar Year. A geospatial web service status facility is also being offered to test GEOSS services.  response
ACRF The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Climate Research Facility (ACRF) will provide access to the ACRF's Climate Modeling Best Estimate (CMBE) Showcase dataset. The CMBE dataset is specifically tailored for use in evaluating global climate models (GCMs), and includes long-term best estimates of 11 selected ACRF measurements from sites in Barrow, Alaska; Nauru Island; Manus Island, Papua New Guinea; Darwin, Australia; and the Southern Great Plains site in Lamont, Oklahoma. response
Compusult During the GEO AIP 2007 Compusult provided a GEO Portal and GEOSS Clearinghouse candidate to aid in the development of the GEOSS Initial Operating Capability (IOC). These components were used to support AIP Scenario participation and provide a centralized access point for data and service discovery and user collaboration through standards based interfaces.   This initial Portal and Clearinghouse have now been incorporated into the GEOSS IOC for further evaluation and expansion of capabilities.
For the GEOSS AIP-2 Compusult is:
• continuing its support of GEOSS by committing to host the portal and clearinghouse until 2010,
• expand the capabilities of the contribution to include more robust standards-based connectivity,
• provide discovery and binding to Sensor Web services, and
• provide increasing SBA and scenario development support.
Spot Image The proposed contribution of Spot Image to the GEOSS AIP Phase 2 is on the Disaster Societal Benefit Area. The contribution focuses on Catalogue domain and on Sensor WEB domain. The Catalogue domain will be supporting by ESA (Fedeo clearinghouse project) with a particularly attention to the collections and services description linked to a product catalogue. The Sensor Web domain will consist to implement services such as Sensor Planning Service (SPS), Web Coverage Service (WCS) and Web Coverage Transformation Service (WCTS). response
NOAA-NCDC  The NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) will be participating in the Phase 2 (AIP-2) GEO Architecture Implementation Pilot with the contributions of the following systems: the Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC), the Next Generation Weather Radar system (NEXRAD), the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the NOAA National Operational Model Archive and Distribution System (NOMADS). Each of the listed systems and their proposed contributions are individually described in this document.  response


 In this initiative, we propose to (1) participate in the SBA exemplar development, mainly disasters and weather (e.g. task # DI-06-09) by using GOES data as one of inputs, (2) provide persist GOES data services consistent with the GEOSS architecture, Web geoprocessing services (WPS), and a BPEL workflow engine for SBA exemplars, and (3) contribute to the refinement of architecture and interoperability, especially those related to integration of geospatial Web services and refinement of GEOSS registry (e.g. Task #DA-06-04).  response
VIEWS VIEWS1/TSS2 employs an advanced data acquisition and import system to integrate data from several air quality data centers into a single, highly-optimized data warehouse. Ground-based measurements from dozens of monitoring networks, air quality modeling results, and detailed emissions inventories are imported and updated on a regular basis using a generalized, uniform data model and carefully standardized metadata. Names, codes, units, and quality flags from the source datasets are carefully mapped to a unified paradigm, and native formats and organizations are transformed into a common, normalized database schema. This design enables users to explore, merge, and analyze datasets of widely-varying origin in a consistent, unified manner with a common set of tools and web services. This degree of interoperability allows decision-makers to analyze diverse datasets side-by-side and focus on high-level planning strategies without having to contend with the details of data management and manipulation.
The data resources and tools provided by VIEWS/TSS contribute toward the three primary objectives of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) Phase II:
• Supporting the development of the Health Societal Benefit Area (SBA) for Air Quality
• Establishing a set of persistent "operational, research and technical exemplars" services that support the GEOSS societal benefit areas (AIP CFP)
• Modifying the GCI architecture by providing community interfaces for adding and accessing data. It is hoped that the feedback from Phase II of AIP will help in improving these components.

The EuroCryoClim service address in particular the GEOSS Societal Benefit Area of climate.  The service is to produce and deliver geophysical products related to climate variables in the cryospher (snow and sea ice globally, and selected glaciers).  This is the first year of development (pilot phase), and the development is scheduled to continue the next 3 years.

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 Giovanni  Giovanni is NASA's GES-DISC (Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center) Interactive Online Visualization ANd aNalysis Infrastructure tool [1]. Giovanni is an asynchronous Web-service workflow management system for Earth Science data with an interface for visualizing, analyzing, and inter-comparing multisensory and model data. The interface is comprised of a number of instances that provide parameters and functionality applicable to a specific area of Earth science. The two relevant Giovanni instances for participation in the AIP-2 are the Air Quality and Daily Aerosol Instances, which provide access to data and services for visualizing and analyzing satellite, in-situ, and model data relevant to air quality. These interfaces allow users to download images and data in multiple formats and provide data lineage information describing the algorithms used in processing the data. Giovanni is already implementing GEOSS compliant services such as WMS and WCS that will be registered with GEOSS and used to participate in inter-operability testing during AIP-2.
GIOVANNI can contribute to the GEOSS AIP-2 CFP in the two following areas
1. Use Giovanni's remote sensing, in-situ and model data sets and tools to inform the collaborative development of Air Quality scenarios.
2. Participation in inter-operability testing by providing Giovanni services consistent with GEOSS architecture .
GEO Grid GEO Grid/AIST intends  to provide the software package and associated components to manage policy diversity across the data access services and processing services with multiple security domains. work well with workflows under appropriate authorization. It intends to handle workflow with appropriate authorization. Response
GEONETCast GEONETCast is a low cost global environmental information delivery system which transmits satellite and in-situ data, products and services from the GEOSS to Users through communications satellites, using a multicast, access controlled, broadband capability. GEONETCast offers near-global coverage.   GEONETCast is available to deliver products to Users addressing any of the Societal Benefit Areas.  Currently, GEONETCast delivers products from all 9 SBAs, with the best represented SBAs being weather and climate, the least well represented being ecosystems and energy. Response
KDDI WWW connects information on the Internet loosely by human-understandable hyper-document which used URL. This loosely coupling architecture can be said to be a characteristic principle of the WWW. Because this mechanism enabled to connect information system very easily, the WWW spread drastically. SVG Map inherits the principle of interoperation mechanism for WWW to WebGIS.
On the other hand, GEOSS is requested to connect much various geospatial information. To realize it, we think this loosely coupling mechanism is required, not only tightly coupling mechanisms. Therefore we will participate in AIP to add SVG Map to GEOSS.
Univ Maryland FIRMS The University of Maryland Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) provides a convenient, easy to use, point of access for the retrieval of near-real time fire / hotspot information derived from MODIS data. Users have the flexibility to search and discover global fire data using a range of web mapping services or by subscribing to an email alert service which notifies them of fires in their area of interest. FIRMS was developed by the University of Maryland with funding from NASA's Decision Support Program and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It will become operational at FAO, Rome in 2009-2010. FIRMS seeks to improve accessibility to satellite-derived fire information to a broad range of users including natural resource managers, policy makers and the general public. All data available through FIRMS is supplied free of charge. FIRMS directly addresses the GEOSS Societal Benefit Area (SBA) disaster and to a lesser extent addresses health and ecosystems/biodiversity Response


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