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July 4th, 2008
GEO Issues Call for Participation in GEOSS Pilot

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PR – The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®)
announced that a Call for Participation (CFP) in Phase 2 of the GEOSS
(Global Earth Observation System of Systems) Architecture Implementation
Pilot (AIP) has been issued by the GEO (Group on Earth Observations).

Phase 1 of the AIP demonstrated GEO Portal and Clearinghouse solutions.
Phase 2 will establish operational, research
and technical exemplars, services that
support the GEOSS Societal Benefit Areas (application domains).

The CFP invites GEO Members and Participating Organizations to:

Provide components and services relevant to
GEOSS Societal Benefit Areas
(application domains).

Participate in interoperability testing of
the services including use of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure Components
in order to validate the architecture.

Participate in the collaborative refinement
of societal benefit scenarios to guide testing, demonstrations and
operations of interoperable services.

The CFP document is available at http://www.earthobservations.org/geoss_imp.shtml.
Responses to the CFP are requested by 1 September 2008 to support a
planning workshop scheduled for 25-26 September 2008 in Boulder,
Colorado, USA. To register for the teleconference or ask questions about
the CFP, please contact George Percivall, percivall@opengeospatial.org.
The OGC efforts in AIP are supported by the European Commission,
Northrop Grumman, and ERDAS. Additional information is available at http://www.ogcnetwork.net/AIpilot.

The OGC® is an international consortium of
more than 365 companies, government agencies, research organizations,
and universities participating in a consensus process to develop
publicly available geospatial standards. The OGCs
OpenGIS® standards support interoperable
solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based
services, and mainstream IT. These standards empower technology
developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and
useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit
the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org.

GEO (Group on Earth Observations) is a voluntary partnership of 124
governments and international organizations, launched in response to
calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and
by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized countries. GEO is
coordinating efforts to build GEOSS. See http://earthobservations.org/about_geo.shtml.

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