New Year Resolution: An Open GeoSocial REST API

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:33:00 GMT

Happy New Year to the GIS and Disaster Communities. 

My New Year Resolution is to get this done:


AIP-5 Disaster Management

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Here is a great video to illustrate some of the work NASA and many other organizations are doing to support Disaster Management.  Standards come in play during those difficult times.  There is still a considerable amount of effort to be done to help end-users navigate through this maze.  This will give you an idea of what the process entails.  Moving the API’s to a level 5 is essential to the CEOS/GEOSS Community.  Enjoy!


AIP-5 Disasters Management from Hervé Caumont on Vimeo.

2-Factor Authentication for SensorWeb

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Tue, 29 Dec 2009 03:48:00 GMT

Securing transactional RESTFul OGC Web Services is a challenge but can be done using a hybrid OpenID/OAuth protocol (see OGC OWS-6 interoperability demonstration).

To increase the security assurance level beyond level-1, you need to use more than one authentication factor such as: something you know (password) and something you have (keyfob).  Our openid server is currently being upgraded to support Verisign Identity Protection (VIP) and VIP Access using Mobile Credentials (free for end-users).

If you register a credential in your profile, a security code can now be used in addition to a password to gain access to the SensorWeb services.  A security code can also be used to delegate user authority to consumer applications such as workflows to access services on your behalf.  Credentials will become mandatory to gain access to satellites and UAV tasking request over the web.  There will still be an air gap between users and assets but, at least, user identity will be known with very high confidence.

Our goal is to demonstrate that it can be done simply, cheaply and RESTfully.

PubSubHubBub: Real-time Event Notifications For Our OGC Services

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:35:00 GMT

Leveraging another Google feat with the newly minted PubSubHubBub protocol or PSHB, interested users can now get real-time notifications when new products from EO-1 are available.  Rather than polling our server at:, consumers can subscribe for that feed at:

They can enter their own callback to receive changes as it happens.

This capability is also now built-in Feedburner, Google Alerts and Google Reader.  More on TechCrunch

The same feed is available on FeedBurner:

But why would you subscribe to it there?  unless you are a human!

Feel free to use Google Reader and add that feed to your favorites.


OWS-6 Movies are finally available!

Posted by Patrice Cappelaere Mon, 08 Jun 2009 13:31:00 GMT

With the OGC TC in Boston this week, the pressure was up to make those movies available.

The first one is related to RESTFul workflows:

The second one provides more information on the underlying security archtecture:

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