Basic & Applied Spatial Information Collaborative
NASA Ames Research Center
M/S 242-4
Moffett Field, CA 94035
(Basic and Applied Spatial Information Collaborative) is currently moving its offices to NASA Ames Research Center. BASIC was established as a 501 C3 non-profit corporation to serve the general public by conducting research, testbedding, and demonstration projects to facilitate collaborative efforts to acquire data and use related spatial data systems and network technologies.

BASIC supports users of data and information supplied by federal agencies, local and regional governments, non-profit organizations, universities, the general public, and the commercial sector. Over the past 10 years, BASIC has had a strong relationship with NASA, collaborating with personnel at the Ames Research Center, using NASA data, and providing local, regional and national community outreach. BASIC activities have been primarily supported through NASA grants for the Bay Area Digital Geosciences Environmental Research (BADGER) program and the Earth Sciences Information Program (ESIP). BASIC personnel have established a close working relationship with the Open Geospatial Consortium, and in recent years BASIC has focused increasingly upon the interoperability standards developed by that organization.

NASA/ARC has conducted a broad range of leading-edge research in the Earth sciences, using advanced remote sensing platforms on piloted and unpiloted aircraft and satellites. Such sensor systems generate large volumes of multi-parameter spatial data that require continuous and computationally intensive forms of information processing, as well as network systems that enable efficient and effective use of the data. BASIC’s ongoing collaboration with NASA/ARC includes joint research in this domain, testbedding, demonstrations, and user community outreach in cooperation with NASA/ARC scientific and technical staff, consistent with NASA’s mission objectives in Earth system sciences, which include collaboration with other government agencies and community outreach to increase the use of NASA’s technologies and databases.

The Open Geospatial Consortium is an international, non-profit standards body consisting of more than 250 business, government agencies and universities dedicated to the creation of publicly available, vendor-neutral interface specifications for sharing geospatial information and services among applications and across the Web. Over the past ten years, the organization has published a variety of specifications for finding and sharing data with locational content. More recent initiatives have included the incorporation of these technologies into desktop programs and distributed suites of Web services that fulfill a Decision Support function.

One example, involving chaining of a series of Web services, was part of the recent OGC Web Services (Phase 2) initiative. From the recently initiated Web Processing Service Interoperability Experiment , to the ongoing operations of the OGC's Decision Support Working Group to some programs that are still in the planning stages, it is clear that Decision Support will remain a vital focus of OGC efforts for the foreseeable future.

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