The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) invites interested members & non-members alike to participate in the OGC Environmental Linked Feature Interoperability Experiment (ELFIE).
In recent years, environmental domain feature models have been established by a number of OGC groups, including the Hydrology, Agriculture, and Sensor Web Enablement Domain Working Groups. However, there is no best practice or standard methodology to encode documents containing links between and among domain features - such as a rivers, aquifers, or soils - and observational data about those features. A common approach to encoding such links is required to allow cross-domain and cross-system sharing and interoperability of such linked information.
ELFIE will bring interested stakeholders together around the shared goal of providing a best practice for encoding documents that express links between hydrologic and related features from models. Such models could include HY_Features, GWML2, and SoilIEML, among others, as well as observations and related content from a variety of observations and monitoring standards.
The ELF Interoperability Experiment will produce a public OGC engineering report summarizing the overall cross-domain, inter-standard findings and recommendations for a best practice and/or standard that should follow. The IE is intended to serve the needs of existing systems that offer or could offer services that would benefit from a linked feature data-encoding best practice.
If you are interested in participating in the Environmental Linked Feature Interoperability Experiment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 25th May 2017.
The kickoff will be held via telecon on Thursday May 25th at 16:00 EDT/20:00 UTC. To learn more about the ELFIE, including details on the kickoff telecon, visit: www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/elfie.
About the OGC
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that ‘geo-enable’ the Web, wireless and location based services, and mainstream IT. OGC 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 www.opengeospatial.org.