AIP-3 CFP Responses

Listed below are the 36 responses to the Call for Participation in AIP-3 that have been received to date.  As each of the Responses included multiple organizations, the response represents contributions from over 100 organizations.
A zip file of the 28 responses received by 3 March is available. 
An Analysis of the the CFP Responses was developed to support planning for the AIP-3 Kickoff.

  • AIRNow : Air Quality data service and software
  • Aston University: uncertainty propagation in chains of web services. 
  • BKG : Catalogue Service
  • CEOS CF Portal : Remotely sensed atmospheric composition data web services, registered in AQ Community Catalog and tested within the GCI. 
  •  CEOS SEO : Support to GEO Portals for data selection; visualization of sensor swaths.
  • CIESIN : Population WPS, WMS with licenses, clients
  • Compusult : Portal, Clearinghouse, Sensor Web
  • CSIRO : water resource scenario, sensor web, Data Harmonization and Vocabularies
  • DRI : Drought management scenario and data service
  • e-Habitat: Protected areas and species presence
  • EO2Heaven :  Air Quality and Disease scenarios
  • ESA : GEOPortal and Service Support Environment
  • ERDAS : Initial response on disaster management
  • ESIP : Air Quality operational, research and technical exemplars services
  • ESRI :  GEOSS Portal and Clearinghouse and client components
  • EuroGEOSS and GENESIS: Drought products and alerts

 Responses to the AIP-3 CFP are listed below in the order in which they were received.

Summary of the Response 
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This response describes a scenario that will aid Protected Areas (PAs) system designers and managers. This scenario will make use of modeling components whereby a variety of geospatial data is integrated with species presence/absence and/or abundance data and processed using one or more modeling algorithms to predict evolution of PA ecosystems. This proposal is based on the previous experiences of GEOSS IP3 and AIP-2 for climate change and biodiversity. It aims to develop a multi-disciplinary use scenario (involving climate change and biodiversity SBAs) and to further enhance the IT framework developed in those contexts. Part of this scenario is from the FP7 EuroGEOSS and from the FP7 UncertWeb projects. Components and services underpinning the scenario are contributed by the same European project and by the FP7 GENESIS project  Link to Response
 EuroGEOSS and GENESIS  The European Drought Observatory (EDO-JRC) provides a series of drought products at the European scale. An alert mechanism can be set up on top of this monitoring data to provide decision makers with alerts on the zones that are currently under drought hazard. We propose to provide decision makers with a web viewer where they can visually analyse risks related to drought by overlaying such "drought hazard zones" with various type of data (e.g. population, infrastructures, natural resources), but also with drought information from national and regional sources he can find through a multi-lingual catalogue broker This proposal is based on the previous interoperability experiences of GEOSS IP3 and AIP-2 for climate change and biodiversity. It aims to develop a scenario for the Drought SBA and to further enhance the IT framework developed in those contexts. Part of this scenario is taken from the FP7 EuroGEOSS project and from the FP7 GENESIS project.  Link to Response
 GIS.FCU Our proposed contribution is intended to deliver end-to- end flooding disaster management societal benefits. The life circle of disaster management includes Mitigation, Warning, Response and Recovery phases. The major gap identified during AIP-2 was the link between observations collected during the Warning phase and the observations collected during the Response phase. However in both cases, there is no direct alerting system used to insure a link with the next Response phase. In AIP-3, harmonization between services used to access observation (e.g. SOS) for the Warning phase and Response phase needs to be demonstrated. The link between each phase could be achieved by using services such as SAS for alerting and WPS for processing.
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 BKG  BKG is going to register a central Catalogue Service (Geodatenkatalog-DE) based on the OpenGIS Catalogue Services Specification 2.0.2 - ISO Metadata Application Profile (1.0.0). The catalogue includes metadata to all kinds of topics. It will also include metadata about services. BKG provides GEOSS with this service.  Link to Response
 The INCOSE GEOSS Unified Modeling team engineering effort will update AIP-2 View Enterprise, Information and Computational View Diagrams in order to add emerging requirements and more detailed data, develop new Enterprise, Information, Computational and Engineering View diagrams required for New Scenarios being introduced in AIP-3 effort and prepare the Engineering and Technical Views for the AIP-2 scenarios after the Enterprise, Information and Computational Views have been completed. All views constructed will be built in compliance with Reference Model of the Open Distributed Processing (RM-ODP) viewpoint using the Unified Modeling Language as well as the System Modeling Extension (SySML) as the syntax. We will work closely with SBA teams to allocate all services and system functions to match updated and new SBA/scenarios.
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The ESA-FAO GEOportal ( provides an interface to all GEOSS Registries and GEOSS clearinghouse resources - while providing a cross-indexing of resources in accordance with Societal Benefit Areas. The core focus is on improving access to a broad range of resources such as satellite imagery, spatial database and maps. Through this it is possible to provide an ongoing support infrastructure that directly serves the GEO community.  The GEOportal has been operational since July 2007 and is an integral part of the GCI. Over the past few years the GEOportal has been routinely operated, further populates and improved to increase the number and the quality of the services offered to the users. With the response to the AIP CFP 2010, ESA is aiming, with the support of several partners, at augmenting the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI).

Based on ESA's Service Support Environment (SSE) the FedEO Pilot offers a persistent service support and protocol demonstration and testing environment focusing on several OGC Implementation Specifications and other OGC documents. As per previous AIP cycles the contribution will include the integration of new catalogues and maintenance of existing catalogues that implement the HMA standard interfaces. Support will be provided to the new AIP-3 scenarios and to projects, such as GIGAS, that are seeking to investigate and develop those scenarios.

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 GMU  In AIP-3, GMU-CSISS, in collaboration with NOAA GOES-R Ground Segment, proposes to (1) participate in the SBA scenario development, mainly water - drought, water - extreme precipitation, biodiversity and climate - arctic, and agriculture, with infusing NOAA GOES and other data and products into those SBAs; (2) provide GOES data services, geospatial processing Web services, and workflow engine for SBA scenarios, and (3) contribute to the refinement of architecture and interoperability, especially those related to semantic integration of geospatial Web services and refinement of GEOSS registry (e.g. Task #DA-06-04). In addition to providing a existing suite of geospatial Web services (e.g. WCS, WFS, WPS) for serving NOAA and NASA Earth observation data to AIP-3, we will continue on adapting BPELPower BPEL engine, GeoBrain Online Analysis System (OnAS), and GEOSS Registry to better serve GEOSS community.  Link to Response
 QA4EO  The QA4EO Task Team is proposing to provide the needed guidance to any GEOSS element or SBA that needs to improve its data quality assurance strategy in the framework of AIP. Specifically, the QA4EO Task Team will provide: a questionnaire that can be used by any interested entity for the tailoring of QA4EO; general guidance and know-how on specific matters to support the SBAs; and recommendations for GEOSS Interoperability Arrangements  Link to Response
 Spot Infoterra  Spot Infoterra as coordinator and major contributor of Architecture Work Package of the SAFER project makes the proposal to study the matching of SAFER Emergency Reference Scenario into the GEOSS Disaster Management Scenario. The EC/FP7 SAFER project objective is to implement and to validate a pre-operational version of the GMES Emergency Response Service. Proposed contribution is to study how match SAFER reference scenario and related canonical use cases and operational components in the GEOSS Disaster Management Scenario.  Link to Response
 Univ. Tokyo  We contribute an ontology and terminology registry using a Semantic MediaWiki, which helps gather, compare, edit and share ontological information, community concept vocabularies, and associations to improve semantic interoperability among diversified and distributed data source to support handling heterogeneous data and services.  Link to Response
 IFGI  The contribution will be a demonstration of a system that is completely built from open source components, that connects SWE components (a sensor observation service), geoprocessing components (a web processing service) and a client for interactive selection of air quality measurements, on-demand automatic interpolation of these data and portrayal of interpolation results and interpolation error distributions. As this system is based on open standards it is able to be integrated into the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI).  Link to Response
 JAXA We would like to participate to AIP-3 using our "Distributed Data Integration System for Water Community". Using this system, users can access, view and download satellite, in-situ and model-output data. The current system has been operational for 5 years and will be upgraded in this year. The purpose of this "Distributed Data Integration System for Water Community" is to provide user-friendly access to satellite, in-situ and global gridded model output data. This system was originally developed for CEOP (The Coordinated Energy and Water Cycle Observation Project) scientists.  Link to Response
 For the Disaster Management scenarios, the GIGAS involvement depends on contribution from several participants. At least, one project from GMES FP7 will contribute to GEO AIP3 (Safer) so Gigas should contribute on scenario where the projects are applicable. The first step for the community Scenario will be to update the scenario of the Phase 2 by adding or removing Transverse Use Case. Furthermore, the GIGAS contribution will be synchronized with service and component registration activities proposed by organizations participating in the GIGAS project.  Link to Response
 This proposal addresses "Architecture and Interoperability Arrangement Development", with a focus on data interoperability. The main contribution proposed here is to investigate the possibility of a Common Foundation between GEOSS and INSPIRE, in order to enhance the opportunity for interoperability - both between these initiatives, and within GEOSS. The main deliverable from our contribution will be a report to be placed on the GEOSS Best Practice wiki, describing our proposal for a common foundation that reconciles the ‘geophysical parameter' and ‘geographic feature' views of Earth observations. Our contribution to such activities would encourage the use of the General Feature Model and INSPIRE Generic Conceptual Model, and use the Observations and Measurements model if appropriate
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 EO2Heaven  EO2HEAVEN project will generalization and extension of our three case studies to the health Societal Benefit Areas identified by the Pilot, i.e. Air Quality and Early Warning of Malaria scenarios. One example could be the usage of CSIR's cholera in-situ data collection case in AR-07-02c and serve as contribution to AIP-3 where appropriate. With respect to contributions to AR-09-02c EO2HEAVEN will contribute directly through the development of a use case that test the in-situ sampling of vectors in the environment and how such data may be brought into the sensor web.  Although the work on cholera doesn't directly align with the malaria use case as outlined in the AIP-3 it does share some commonalities on environmental aspect.  Part of the process of engaging the AIP-3 will be to ascertain these commonalities. At first glance these commonalities would include lessons learned in sensor web and techniques involved in the fusion of in-situ field samples and laboratory results, in-situ data and remote sensed data.
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 The proposal contribute to the global environmental knowledge by the collaboration between SINAnet and GIIDA Project (CNR), providing a single access point, by the National System of Systems (SoS), for web-services, data and metadata. Also, the proposal intend to support SBA's activities in a cross-cutting way, fulfilling both the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and GCI requirements.  Link to Response
 Geoland2  "geoland2 - Towards an Operational GMES Land Monitoring Core Service" aiming at the pre-operational implementation of essential elements of the Land Monitoring Core Service (LMCS) of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative. It is proposed in AIP-3 to publish a representative set of geospatial services established by geoland2 thus contributing to the increase of registered GEOSS components and services and offer these services to SBA scenarios further develop or deployed by parallel activities.   The "geoland2 Spatial (SDI) is a pre-operational service for the discovery, viewing, access, delivery and the support of processing of products generated by the geoland2 production centers. The geoland2 SDI and production center services have grown mature to such a degree that a piloting deployment of their interfaces in the context of the AIP-3 can be very well justified.
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 AIRNow 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.    Link to Response
 Mines ParisTech EnerGEO GENESIS This scenario intends to provide information on the environmental impact of the production, transportation and use of energy. The production and the use of energy are major contributors to Greenhouse Gases (GHG). The scenario focuses on the assessment of such impacts by a proper exploitation of data available within GEOSS. This scenario will benefit from existing resources deployed within the AIP-2 pilot project.  One major outcome of this scenario will access to databases related to technologies and emissions for a given energy sector. Several energy domains are considered within this scenario such as solar, wind, biomass, fossil fuel and consequently the addition of environmental impact assessment parameters is of crucial importance.  According to the horizontal nature of environmental impact assessment other SBA’s such as Water, Biodiversity, Agriculture should benefit from access to such resources.  This scenario will benefit from two ongoing FP7 European projects: ENERGEO and GENESIS. The consortiums of both projects agree to provide the GEOSS AIP-3 Pilot project with resources that will be part of their own achievements.
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Pozzi Team
 Drought is likely to increase in a global warming climate, and, as such, drought has been listed as one of the GEO subtasks for the Water Societal Benefit Area (SBA). The issue of drought and water scarcity or water over-allocation is cross-cutting, having impacts in sustainable agriculture, food security, water quality impacts from fertilizer use and higher stream and lake temperatures, and ecological biodiversity, as well. This pilot project aims to explore the potential for developing regional drought and agricultural productivity monitoring systems that will help quantify our current capability to address these issues.  Link to Response
 Compusult  For the GEOSS AIP-3 Compusult is: 1) continuing its support of GEOSS by committing to host the portal and clearinghouse until 2015, if required, 2)expand the capabilities of the contribution to include more robust standards-based connectivity, 3) provide improved discovery and binding to Sensor Web services, and 3) provide increasing SBA and scenario development support including quick deployment of scenario community portals if and where required.  Link to Response
 University of Heidelberg  The GIScience Working Group will contribute following services: 1) Emergency Route Service with OGC interfaces (OpenLS route service) in pilot region e.g. Europe or the Caribbean (e.g. Haiti+ Dominicain Republic) with user generated geographic data; 2) Emergency route service (also same OpenLS route servie spec) for the African continent with geodata provided by the UNSDI WFP supporting transports in crisis areas; 3) The W3DS (Web 3D Service) integrates the interactive visualization of digital terrain models into the spatial data infrastructure for better understanding and analyzing real world issues. 4) 3D SE (3D Symbology encoding) allows for user-defined visualization options in context of 3D landscape and city models. In regard to 3D digital terrain models, 3D visualization options are needed to truly empower visualization advantages of digital terrain models.   Link to Response
 The GENESI-DR project has achieved providing reliable, easy, long-term access to Earth Science data and associated on-demand processing resources via the Internet. With this activity we intend to contribute to GEO-GEOSS by: 1)Making GENESI-DR interoperable with GCI so as to provide GEO-GEOSS users with access to additional and heterogeneous data, processing services, and computing resources; 2) Analysing how the technical solutions implemented in GENESI-DR can be re-used in GCI to integrate existing components and/or enhance existing ones.   Link to Response
 PML  PML seeks to increase the availability of environmental monitoring data and participates in projects with this aim. Some current examples include DevCoCast (EU FP7, providing ocean monitoring data to African and South American countries via EUMETCAST), NCOF (a UK initiative encouraging collaboration between researchers, data providers and operational forecasters) and NETMAR (EU FP7, extending the capabilities of OGC/web-based visualisation and analysis). The societal benefit areas we most frequently seek to address are ocean-related aspects of ecosystems, health and disasters. Use Case 1: Relationships between physical and biological variables. Use Case 2: Ecosystem model validation   Link to Response
DRI  This response addresses the drought management scenario development. Specifically the gap in information collected and produced by researchers regarding drought and what is available to the drought data users. In these circumstances information on drought is needed for both objective and subjective decision support mechanisms. The Drought Research Initiative (DRI) has collected and generated many unique data sets that relate to this critical area but are not currently available to decision makers nor can they always be readily incorporated into current decision support systems. An effort is being made to put these datasets in a publicly available data system entitled the DRI Data Legacy. The proposed scenario provides a preliminary framework with which to utilize the DRI Data Legacy to introduce new research products and techniques to operational users to augment current systems.   Link to Response
 ESRI  ESRI plans to update the existing GEOSS Portal prototype to the most current version of the supporting software to hopefully meet new and evolving GEOSS community needs.
ESRI anticipates supporting the pilot by: 1) Participating in the AIP and GEOSS events, 2) Reviewing architecture documents and providing feedback, 3) Hosting a GEOSS Portal and Clearinghouse prototype based on the latest version of the ESRI ArcGIS Server Geoportal Extension, 4) 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).
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 CIESIN  CIESIN plans to contribute 3 major enterprise components: 1) An enhanced Population Estimation Web Processing Service (WPS) that computes urban and rural population statistics for user-defined areas using a 30-arc second population grid and makes results downloadable in a format suitable for service chaining. 2) An enhanced Web Map Service providing access to a range of widely used SEDAC data layers on population, settlement points, urban extents, intercity roads, and related topics and including delivery of Creative Commons-style open access licensing information through the WMS Get Capabilities request. 3) Enhanced client interfaces based on the Google MAPS API and OpenLayers
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 CSIRO  CSIRO intends to contribute to the AIP-3 on three fronts: 1) Scenarios - water resource management use cases. 2) Component and service registration - profiles of SWE information models and service interfaces that allow correct encoding and transmission of water information. 3) Architecture - possible contributions to the Data Harmonization and Vocabularies technology themes.
CSIRO believes it can contribute in these areas because of its expertise in the water domain, contributions to the international hydrology efforts and experience designing and building hydrology systems. CSIRO intends to do this by providing use cases that provide detailed requirements relevant to the scenarios.
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 WUStL  During the GEO AIP-2 Washington University in St. Louis (WUStL) provided air quality data through OGC WMS and WCS services and created an air quality community catalog (AQComCat). These components were used to support the Air Quality community participation by providing an easier way for the AQ community to publish, find and use services through GEOSS standards-based interfaces.
WUStL proposes to participate in the GEOSS AIP-3 by continuing:
1. To develop an Air Quality Community Catalog (AQComCat) as part of GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI)
2. Provide OGC standard-based access to an array of air quality datasets and registering those in (AQComCat)
3. Participate in emerging GEOSS Air Quality Community of Practice (AQCoP).
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 ESIP  The ESIP Federation AQ Workgroup contributes toward the three aspects of AIP-3 :
1. Supporting the development of the GEO Air Quality Community of Practice
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 for AIP-3.  Many of the ESIP AQ Workgroup's participants will be contributing to the GEOSS AIP through their respective individual organizations and the Workgroup's GEOSS participation will complement those contributions with community-driven efforts.
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 CEOS  The CEOS Systems Engineering Office (SEO) is offering systems engineering services to benefit the development of the GEO portals. As the space arm of GEOSS, CEOS data structures, tools, and engineering processes should be common to GEOSS. The CEOS SEO has developed, with participating organizations like the WMO, data formats that are utilized within CEOS in the online Measurements, Instruments, Missions (MIM) database and other tools. These other tools are SEO developed and include the Systems Database for online gap assessments and the CEOS Visualization Environment (COVE) tool which is a web-based tool that uses Google Earth to display satellite sensor coverage areas and coincident scene images for multiple sensors.
Utilizing these existing data structures within the GEO Portals will allow for MIM data to be easily transitioned from CEOS to GEOSS, allow for user ease within the CEOS and GEO Portal web sites, and allow for other information sharing in an efficient manner. The CEOS SEO proposes to provide engineering services to support data format adaptation, user viewpoints, and MIM data transition.
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 ERDAS  ERDAS is in the process of getting responding to AIP CFP. Meanwhile, the enclosed emails and attachment the detail two ‘disaster response' supportive actions from Erdas technology & Web Services: 1) Haiti Relief, 2) Chile relief. Hopefully this will shape the baseline of an AIP-3 response with usable/sharable interoperable services.
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The scope of NOAA's environmental data and information is broad, using satellite and in situ observations and model outputs to describe and predict the physical, biological and chemical properties of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. With this response, the DMIT will provide the AIP-3 participants with access to specific standards-based components and services and will serve as an agent in providing access to additional NOAA resources that may be of interest. The DMIT will encourage additional NOAA component and service providers to register their capabilities in the GCI. Finally, the DMIT will actively work with the AIP-3 SBA participants to facilitate incorporation of NOAA data and services into their respective scenarios.

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Access to earth observation data has become critically important for the wellbeing of society. A major impediment to achieving widespread sharing of earth observation data is lack of an operational web-wide system that is transparent and consistent in allowing users to legally access and use the earth observations of others without seeking permission from data contributors or investigating terms of usage on a case-by-case basis. The GSDI Association desires to help develop and support the licensing approach specified in the GEOSS AIP Architecture document to help overcome this impediment.

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Aston University

The proposed submission represents a chain of web processing
services, and some other web service components which take a sea level pressure
at a given location, and correct this to mean sea level pressure taking into
consideration some of the main sources of uncertainty in this operation. The
uncertainties in the inputs to the chain, taken to be related to issues of data
quality are represented as UncertML (,
and this is propagated through the chain, including some conversion between
different representations of uncertainty where this is required. The services
invoked include sampling a digital elevation model, interpolation of elevation,
conversion of representations of uncertainty and correction of pressure to mean
sea level given the uncertain elevation and other (uncertain) factors. The
chain uses BPEL for orchestration of the services, and most services are web
processing services, augmented with a WSDL description to facilitate BPEL

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Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman proposes to contribute in the
development and implementation of two SBA scenarios:  Health and Climate Impacts & Disaster Response.  Northrop Grumman will reference multiple
parties that are collaborating on this CFP to provide persistent data and
product exemplars, services, and applications that benefit multiple GEO SBAs.  Northrop Grumman will build upon and
augment the GEOSS Initial Operating Capability (IOC) previously established in
Phase II by collaborating to develop scenarios with realistic features and events
that include persistent data, products, and service providers.  
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CEOS CF Portal

The Atmospheric Composition Constellation (ACC) and the Workgroup for Information Systems and Services (WGISS) within the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) are developing a Web portal to support interoperability among the atmospheric composition research and applications communities. The ACP contributions to AIP-3 are expected to include:

  • Remotely sensed atmospheric composition data web
    services, primarily OGC WCS and OGC WMS, along with their associated that will
    be registered with the AQ Community Catalog and tested within the GCI.
  • Contributions to defining current best
    practices, and describing extensions needed, in implementing interoperability
    standards for the air quality community
  • As applicable to the AIP-3 development and
    scenario, visualization and analysis clients being developed as part of the AC
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