Sunday, July 11, 2010

GeoSynchronization Demonstrations Bridge Databases, Users and Enterprises

At the recent OGC meetings in Silver Spring and other venues, The Carbon Project demonstrated a simulated response scenario over Haiti. This scenario was selected in consultation with government agencies and designed to represent a simulation of synchronizing geographic updates in real-time from many sources to any geospatial database using open standard web services - bridging a variety of databases, GIS vendors, and data schemas.

In this scenario, Political, Military, Economical, Social, Infrastructure, and Information (PMESII) and Area, Structures, Capabilities, Organizations, People and Events (ASCOPE) data types were geosynchonized to ESRI and CubeWerx/Oracle databases (simulating NATO and Army users). For the purposes of the scenario, it was assumed that geospatial data related to PMESII-ASCOPE is missing i.e., Port Au Prince airfield apron, camp locations, condition of damaged buildings, hospital locations, buildings, power generation networks, lines of communication and roads (operational corridors). This data was added, updated and deleted on multiple WFS Transactional services in near-real time, simulating operations ‘internal’ to the Army geospatial enterprise as well as ‘external’ operations - with users performing the role of Geospatial Engineering Teams.

To provide a suitable test of shareable geospatial foundation data across the force all requested data were collected in a Geography Markup Language (GML) schema of similar complexity to emerging geospatial data models.

Results of the demonstrations indicated GeoSynchronization based on platforms like CarbonCloud Sync, tools like the Gaia WFS-T Extender and open standard web services can provide a key capability to integrate geospatial information and analysis capabilities with command and control information. In addition, the scenario indicated this integration can occur across joint and multinational environments. The scenario highlights how with modern geospatial interoperability tools and standards updates can be ‘published’ digitally by field users, reviewed by other users located at more centralized sites, and instantly added to multiple data stores whenever the updates are ‘accepted’.


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