GEOSS Infrastructure Enhancements
Outcomes of the Architecture Implementation Pilot AIP-7
“fostering interoperability arrangements and common practices for GEOSS”

Overview of AIP-7

The GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) develops and deploys new process and infrastructure components for the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI), as well as for the broader GEOSS architecture. The requirements for AIPs are based on meeting user needs and community scenario requirements. The results of the AIPs are conveyed to the GEO Implementation Boards for consideration as to whether the components should be transitioned to the GCI and other GEO Tasks as operational elements. In this way the AIP supports the elaboration of the GEOSS Architecture and informs the standards process in terms of real-world usability, feasibility and capability.

The primary outcome of the 2014 GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-7) will be the creation and deployment of several modern, light, Web or mobile applications (“apps”) that are fed by multiple registered standards-based data and processing services. Each app will be designed to address a specific user-driven problem. For the purpose of this Call for Participation (CFP), we will call these “key apps.” These key apps will: promote the benefit of having standard services registered with GEOSS; be championed by field users; and ideally stimulate interest in providing more data to GEOSS. In addition, these key apps will provide a real-world test of operational protocol and format standards which may provide useful information for standards revision, adoption and documentation. Piloting key apps is a new concept for the AIP in this 7th edition, and represents a shift in focus to the use of GEOSS datasets rather than the registration of new datasets.

The components of the CFP include the following:

Develop and deploy easy-to-use online (Web and Mobile) apps that demonstrate the value of standards-based access to EO data and services registered with GEOSS. Target areas include:

  • Flood and drought Monitoring, Food security and Energy management
  • Environmental monitoring using Mobile Sensors, Citizen Observatories, Crowd Sourcing
  • Wind and Solar Energy Potential Estimator
  • Earth cover change detection
  • Ocean observations and commercial fisheries

Activities to support the key apps

  • Deploy and integrate standard technologies to facilitate data access, including user authentication, geoprocessing workflows
  • Mobile and Web app development frameworks
  • User authentication
  • Geoprocessing workflows

Responding to the AIP-7 CFP

Components Baseline

Development Schedule

The AIP-7 schedule assumes results will be presented at the GEO-XI Plenary, scheduled in November 2014 in Libreville, Gabon. The Plenary will focus on the theme of GEOSS in the service of “Water-Energy-Food Security”, and space will be allotted in the Plenary agenda each day to highlight GEOSS accomplishments (components) which are aligned with, and illustrate, this theme. Therefore, it is anticipated that results from AIP-7 will featured prominently in this regard. Ideal candidates would demonstrate how data, information and services in GEOSS may be used in a concrete way to help communities manage their resources towards the accomplishment of Water-Energy-Food Security, especially in the developing world.

No physical kickoff is planned for AIP-7, but it will support gatherings at various international events, including the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Technincal Committee meetings in Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland. A (virtual) kickoff will be organized at the GEO Workplan Symposium to be held 28-30 April in Geneva, with facilitation for remote participants.

Responding to the CFP by 4th April 2014 will support the most efficient, coordinated development of GEOSS based upon a shared understanding of resources participating in AIP-7. CFP responses are requested to be brief.

This CFP is issued by the GEOSS Design and Interoperability (IN-05) Task Team and guided by the Infrastructure Implementation Board (IIB).

Note: Parallel to the AIP-7 CFP, GEO will sponsor a global, six month application development contest (“app-a-thon”) from early March- late September of 2014. GEO hopes to attract individuals and teams from beyond the immediate GEO community to deepen the level of public engagement in GEOSS and its resources.