1. Introduction

1.1. The OGC Innovation Program

The OGC Innovation Program (OGC IP) is a global, innovative, collaborative, hands-on engineering, research, and testing program designed to accelerate innovation in the geospatial IT sector. Development of high-tech technological systems typically depends on the successful synchronized development of the individual technologies needed. Assessment of the readiness of the individual technologies allows risk reduction in budget and planning.

The main purpose of the OGC Innovation Program is to accelerate the advancement of technology from early ideas to final products. The OGC Innovation Program Policies and Procedures describe this process in detail based on the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale, where OGC IP spans the full span from TRL levels 2-3 to 7-8. Additionally, OGC IP supports validation, testing, and enhancement of the individual technologies that form the OGC standards baseline and its corresponding products. The OGC standards baseline is the complete set of member-approved Abstract Specifications, Standards including Profiles and Extensions, and Community Standards.

The OGC IP supports the enhancements of geospatial IT from low to high technology readiness levels through the exploration and testing of new and existing technologies, the development of prototypes, and the demonstration of OGC products in specific domains. The OGC IP itself is defined in the OGC Innovation Program Policy and Procedures (IP PnP), which provides the general policy and procedures for all OGC IP activities.

1.2. IP Pool and IP Team

The IP Policy and Procedures describe a number of different initiative types. All initiatives bring together a group of sponsors, participants, and the Innovation Program Team (IP Team). The IP Team plays a key role in an IP Initiative, as it includes the initiative managers and architects. The IP Team members are principally OGC staff employees. The IP team may be completed by further individuals. These individuals, called Consultants, are either employees of OGC member organizations or individual OGC members. In order to serve on the IP Team as a Consultant, the individual needs to be a member of the IP Pool, as all consultants are selected from the IP Pool. Identifying individuals qualified for the IP Pool is the subject of this Invitation to Qualify (ITQ).

1.3. ITQ Purpose and Scope

The purpose of this invitation is to solicit individuals from OGC member organizations or OGC individual members, who wish to become part of the OGC IP Pool and to be considered for selection to a future OGC IP Team. The OGC Innovation Program will conduct its mission by tapping expertise from the IP Pool to form IP teams that conduct IP Initiatives.

Individuals that are part of the IP Pool will have certain skills and experiences related to geospatial IT, including, but not limited to, any one or combination of the following:

  1. Software, systems and enterprise architecture,

  2. Data modeling,

  3. API modeling,

  4. Semantic technologies,

  5. Domain specific knowledge,

  6. Geospatial data processing.

Individuals comprising the IP Pool will also possess:

  1. Knowledge of current business and policy processes, mechanisms and customs involved in the development, application and dissemination of geospatial information in local, regional, national and international contexts.

  2. Demonstrated experience working thematic and cross-sectoral areas where geospatial information are utilized;

  3. Demonstrated experience in adapting best practice methods and procedures to IT projects;

  4. Knowledge and experience with OGC processes used to develop and test specifications for interoperable geoprocessing.

  5. A proven ability to work with the necessary tools to support the IP Initiatives (e.g. Gitlab, GitHub, asciidoc)

Individuals working on IP Initiatives will gain valuable experience by fulfilling opportunities to advance OGC specification development. Experience will include the provision of software, data, architecture, or solution development, as well as other skills such as communication, integration, and conflict handling when various approaches or perspectives need to be brought to consensus. Members who qualify for IP Pool will be in leadership positions for maturing the open geoprocessing and location systems marketplace, and will gain practical experience applying OGC-based products and services to requirements that encompass longer-term enterprise life cycles.

1.4. IP Pool Benefits

Individuals that qualify for IP Pool and participate in OGC IP Initiatives will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Recognition for hands-on project management, architecture and engineering excellence.

  • Experience in collaborative development where component interoperability is required and results can be brought forward into procurement and operational settings.

  • Listing on the public OGC IP Pool website

  • New revenue and relationship building opportunities among and between sponsors, vendors, and his/her customers.

  • Near-to-market experience in the interoperable technology adoption process.

  • Enhanced sales and support opportunities.

  • Increase awareness of interoperable products and services.

  • Opportunity to test market technology with minimum risk and influence technology adoption with potential customers.

  • Enhance the market’s ability to develop risk management strategies for open systems acquisition.

  • Increase market knowledge of open system integration using standards-based software products.

2. Participating in the OGC IP Pool and Selection for IP Team

OGC encourages individuals to consider replying to this ITQ. This section describes the process by which responses to this ITQ are considered, how individuals are selected from the IP Pool to serve as a member of the IP Team for a specific initiative, and defines the prerequisite for membership in OGC.

Based on submitted responses to this ITQ, the OGC IP Management Team will select individuals to qualify for the IP Pool. Prior to commencement of an initiative, IP Team members will be selected for the initiative from the pre-qualified IP Pool. If the individual is available for the duration of a specific initiative, then the IP Pool member will be required to execute a Contractual Agreement with OGC for the specific initiative. The specific role and execution details will be negotiated between the OGC IP Management Team and the individual. As a rule of thumb, IP Team Members serve between 2 and 20 hours per week for the duration of the initiative.

If the selected IP Team member is an employee of a company, a non-disclosure agreement may be necessary before engaging with the project. This will be determined by the IP Executive Director, the OGC Chief Financial Officer, the employing company and the selected IP Team member. This is to “firewall” employees from any potential organizational conflict of interest.

An organization will not be selected as a cost-share participant for an initiative when that organization has personnel on the IP Team for the same initiative. It can be selected as a fully in-kind participant if conflict of interest can be foreclosed. The ultimate decision in such a case is with the project manager.

2.1. IP Team Roles to be filled by this ITQ

IP Team roles are defined in the OGC IP PnP. This ITQ seeks to pre-qualify candidates for these IP Team roles:

  • Initiative Manager

  • Initiative Architect

  • Thread Architect

  • Demonstration Manager

2.2. OGC Membership

To participate in the IP Pool, OGC membership either as an employee of an OGC member organization or by individual membership is required.

Individual OGC members or employees of OGC member organizations that qualify for IP Team may elect also to work with OGC staff on tasks associated with project management and planning. Those individuals that wish to work with OGC will be required to “firewall” from their company to avoid organizational conflict of interest if their company wishes to also respond to Call for Participation coming from the OGC.

Note to individuals that do not yet hold an OGC membership: Individuals wishing to submit a response to this ITQ that do not hold a membership in OGC are welcome to do so, provided they include a completed application for OGC Membership with their ITQ response. OGC membership information is available on the Open Geospatial Consortium homepage at Join OGC. Given the nature and type of work to be undertaken by IP teams will require prior experience with OGC’s programs, we strongly encourage new members to pro-actively participate in their particular areas of interest.

2.3. General Terms and Conditions

OGC staff will review documentation submitted in response to this ITQ. OGC has control of all submissions and will not use these for other purposes without prior written consent of the submitter. Proprietary and confidential information submitted in response to this ITQ must be marked accordingly.

IP Pool members selected for a specific IP project will be required to enter into a contractual Agreement with OGC. This Agreement defines IP Team responsibilities and by signing this Agreement all parties will agree to work together towards the common goals of OGC.

2.4. Removal and Retirement from IP Pool

The OGC Executive Director Innovation Program shall possess the authority to remove any IP Pool member at any time due to gross misconduct or breach of the requirements of an Initiative. Such cases may be referred to the OGC President for review.

Individuals previously qualified into the IP Pool may be retired from the IP Pool if:

  • The individual has not participated (in person or virtually) in any of the previous four OGC TC meetings

  • The individual has not participated in or observed an OGC Innovation Program initiative in the previous three years

Before retiring an individual from the IP Pool, the Executive Director Innovation Program shall notify the individual of the intent to retire the individual from the IP Pool. The individual may appeal by addressing the retirement criteria above. A retired individual will be delisted from the public IP Pool web page.

3. Qualifications for IP Pool

Each individual wishing to be considered for the IP Pool should document his or her expertise, knowledge and skills in the following categories:

Qualification Description

Architectural Services

Organizational Architecture, Requirements and Use Case Development

Knowledge of and demonstrated experience involving the development, application and dissemination of geospatial information in local, national, regional and international settings.

Demonstrated experience working thematic areas where geospatial information are utilized (e.g., security and defense, transport and telematics, agriculture, environmental management, forestry, coastal zone management and others).

OGC Architecture and the OGC Reference Model.

ISO 191XX processes.

Software, Systems and Enterprise Architecture

OGC Architecture and OGC Reference Model, OGC Standards Baseline, and associated supporting documentation and technological approaches.

Web Architecture

ISO 191XX family of standards.

Proof of Concept Services

Concept Development

Experience in developing use cases and business process scenarios that define user functional and technical requirements.

Related IT and data processing project management skills.

Standardized Schema Construction and Semantics

Application of data modeling, metadata development, service and application schema building, integration and management experiences.

Proof of Concept Development

Geoprocessing software component integration and testing, and middleware integration.

Geospatial infrastructure integration, prototyping, and testing.

OGC Innovation Program and Standards Program experience and familiarity with the collaborative process framework.

Knowledge of the OGC Standardization Process and its current priorities.

Testing and Evaluation

Knowledge of and experience with validation and verification processes.

Procurement Readiness

ROI and Life Cycle

Experience in development and application of life cycle criteria and requirements to include costs for systems development, operations and maintenance (software, hardware, staff, training, networks, etc.).

Experience in projecting and estimating Return On Investment for systems solutions.



Must be able to travel as necessary to fulfill IP Team contract requirements.

Technical Skills

Must possess technical skills required to support IP Initiatives, such as GitHub, Gitlab, asciidoc

Previous Employment and Criminal History

Must be willing to authorize employment history and criminal history background checks for the organization and its personnel.

4. Conflict of Interest Procedures

Certain organizations participating in IP Team through employees may also be involved in other activities involved with OGC. Organizational conflict of interest procedures will be required to be in place prior to start of work.

If the IP Pool Member, OGC staff, or another IP Participant/Pool Member see a potential conflict of interest, then an OGC Conflict of Interest Review Board will consider the situation and determine whether a conflict exists. Conflict determinations may be appealed to the Open Architecture Board (OAB). There will be no tolerance for false accusations of conflict.

5. IP Pool Upkeeping

The IP pool will be reviewed once a year to ensure that the pool does not stagnate. A call for new members will go out at least once a year to ensure that new OGC members become aware of the opportunity.

6. ITQ Submission

Submissions to this invitation shall be “complete”; i.e., your submission must provide all information requested in section ITQ Format and Content to be considered. OGC requests submissions in English and that proposing individuals attempt to keep their responses to five (5) pages or less including resumes.

6.1. How to Submit

Submit electronic versions of your response to the address below. Microsoft Word® or PDF formats are preferred. Please use this template for your proposal.

Submission Address: ip@ogc.org

6.2. Questions and Clarifications

Questions and requests for clarification should be sent electronically to OGC by email to ip@ogc.org.

6.3. Reimbursements

OGC will not reimburse submitters for any costs incurred in connection with preparing responses to this ITQ. OGC will reimburse for IP Team duties on an hourly basis.

6.4. Schedule

The ITQ is open until further notice. OGC may close this ITQ at any time.

6.5. ITQ Format and Content

Responses should include the following sections: * Name, contact information, and requested cost per hour in US dollars when working as IP Pool member. * Overview - Provide an overview of your background. * Statement of Qualifications - Provide a brief Statement of Qualifications that discusses relevant experience according to the Qualifications Categories identified in Clause 3.1. * Membership Application - This may be obtained from the Open Geospatial Consortium web site. Required only if the organization is not currently an OGC member.

Appendix A: Status

This is an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) document available to the public. This document will be updated from time to time based on the experience and knowledge gained from OGC activities. It may also be replaced by other documents at any time. The document is approved by the OGC Strategic Member Advisory Committee.

Appendix B: Revision History

The following table identifies all revisions/corrections that have been applied to this ITQ compared to the original release. Minor editorial changes (spelling, grammar, etc.) are not included.

Date  Section Description



Initial version


 2, 5

  Section 2 "Participating in the OGC IP Pool and Selection for IP Team": paragraph added;

Section 5 "IP Pool Upkeeping" added