[OSGeo-Discuss] More about the Climate Change Integration Plugfest to be launched at FOSS4G

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 14:43:08 PST 2009

As a further explanation to the press release below about the OGC's 
Climate Change Integration Plugfest, to be launched at the FOSS4G 
conference, http://2009.foss4g.org .

The theme for FOSS4G is "User Driven" which means we want to highlight 
how Open Source solves Geospatial Business Problems; in particular, 
integrating with existing Geospatial infrastructure.

The Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP) will show Open Source & 
Proprietary applications playing nicely, primarily through OGC 
standards. This will attract Spatial Data Infrastructure sponsors to the 
conference, who will in turn start deploying Open Standards, and open 
opportunities for Open Source.

The conference will open with a keynote presentation from the OGC 
(probably Raj Singh) walking through the CCIP scenario, highlighting 
participating applications and framing the theme for the rest of the 
conference, and close with a panel discussion from CCIP implementers.

We will be encouraging (but not mandating) presentations, workshops and 
tutorials to make use of the Web Services provided by the CCIP. Hosting 
services locally will reduce the network latency regularly experienced 
at conferences by people trying to access services back home.

One of the attractions for the CCIP is that we are planning for it to 
live on beyond FOSS4G, and be toured around at future conferences. If 
you are involved in other Geospatial conferences, please get involved 
and make sure we have a suitable succession plan in place which suites you.

A Climate Change scenario has been chosen because:
* It is topical
* It is relevant to many of us in the Geospatial Industry
* It will give us the opportunity to apply our skills to save the world 
(if only in a small way)

The scope of the CCIP could be huge and we need to ensure we keep the 
scope simple, easily achievable, and highly successful. We still have a 
lot of work ahead, defining what the CCIP will look like and then 
shaping it. I hope you will join us. Start by joining the email list 
linked from:


OGC Press wrote:
> For information about this announcement, contact:
> Sam Bacharach
> Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
> Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
> tel: +1-703-352-3938
> sbacharach at opengeospatial.org
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Sydney, Australia. 20 January 2009. The Open Geospatial Consortium
> (OGC), Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Open Source
> Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) have announced a Climate Change
> Integration Plugfest (CCIP) to be launched at the FOSS4G conference,
> 20-23 October 2009, http://2009.foss4g.org.
> The CCIP will demonstrate standards based interoperability between
> geospatial applications based on a Climate Change scenario.
> Raj Singh, Director of Interoperability Programs at OGC, explained
> that, "The CCIP is a server with multiple virtual machines providing a
> number of different geospatial Web services that implement the OGC's
> open interface and encoding standards. It will be used in the coming
> months to demonstrate open Web-based geoprocessing at conferences,
> testbeds, classes and other events around the world."
> Graham de Hoedt, Manager of Climate Information Services at the
> Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, "Integration of data and
> applications is crucial for solving complex problems like the
> provision/sharing of decadal and multi-decadal climate change related
> data and information".
> Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G organizing committee and Systems
> Architect at LISAsoft said "Geospatial users regularly ask how to
> integrate Open Source, COTS and proprietary software. At FOSS4G,
> attendees will see the major geospatial applications working together
> and talk with implementers about what really works".
> Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring or participating in
> the Climate Change Integration Plugfest should contact Greg Buehler 
> <gbuehler at opengeospatial.org>.
> The OGC®[http://www.opengeospatial.org/] 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. OpenGIS®
> Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web,
> wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.
> FOSS4G is the international "gathering of tribes" of open source
> geospatial communities, where developers and users show off their
> latest software and projects. The theme for 2009 is "User Driven",
> highlighting the power of Open Source to integrate with existing
> systems. http://2009.foss4g.org
> The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) has been created to
> support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software.
> The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative
> development of community-led projects, data development and education.
> http://osgeo.org
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Cameron Shorter
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