TDWG and the OGC: an Update. Phillip C. Dibner Ecosystem Associates. TDWG Annual Meeting Saint Louis, Missouri October 16, 2006.
Phillip C. Dibner
TDWG Annual Meeting
Saint Louis, Missouri
October 16, 2006
- an international industry consortium of more than 300 universities, public agencies, and companies- uses a consensus process to develop publicly-available standards for interoperable geospatial web services- During the past few years, TDWG / GBIF representatives have attended several OGC Technical Committee (TC) meetings. R. Beaman, Jan 2004, Jan 2005, October 2006 D. Hobern, Nov 2005A large delegation in June, 2006 Several members of TDWG GIG, TAG Architect, Implementors Immediately followed TDWG GIG workshop on architecture and modelling
The Open Geospatial Consortium
TDWG GIG Workshop with OGC architectural contributors Simon Cox and Rob Atkinson
At TC meeting, TDWG delegates attended several Working Group and Ad Hoc Sessions:
Earth Observation, Natural Resources, and Environment WG (EONRE)
Domain Modeling Ad Hoc
Discussions with OGC leadership and Management
Report on Recent and Ongoing Activities
GIG Workshop and modeling exercise
Report on existing and planned service implementations
TDWG Architecture Group plans for community-wide architecture
Broad recognition of need (and sponsor advocacy!) for:
Interoperability among services
Use of standards where possible (in particular WFS!)
Vote for a recommendation to OGC Staff to draft an MOU for a formal relationship with TDWG
Passed by unanimous consent
Draft MOU has been favorably received and is likely to be approved
TDWG members have already facilitated attendance of & presentation by OGC staff at a museum data capture workshop at Harvard University, sponsored by the National Biological Information Infrastructure and the Natural Science Collections Alliance.
Engagement with the new OGC Interoperability Institute (OGCII)
- an affiliate of the industry consortium
- dedicated to promotion and development of interoperable geospatial services for scientific inquiry and basic research
- board has been constituted, and is populated by leaders of various academic and research organizations
Shameless advert: the OGC Science Scenario
Realistic scientific use cases sought by OGC for outreach to general research community (in connection with OGCII in particular).
Demonstrate credible case(s) that demonstrate applicability of interoperable geospatial systems to scientific questions and methods.
As long as we’re doing this, why not make it implementable and actually useful?
Build upon work that’s actually being conducted in the research community.
The proposal: explore impacts of global climate disruption upon species distributions, using reasonable near-future scenarios for deployment of OGC … and TDWG … service implementations.
Seeking feedback from individuals engaged with such research: is the proposal reasonable, naïve, useful, of interest for an actual research program?
Proposal has been drafted. It is rough and needs refinement, but is available. Please ask.
OGC perspective: don’t stop there. Explore potential for radical shift in approaches to research using a worldwide, distributed, online laboratory.