Smart Cities Architecture Viewpoints Workshop

Kansas City, MO, USA, Sept. 16-17, 2018
In Conjunction with the 4th IEEE Annual International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2 2018)
Organized by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)


The registration is open Register now here.

Summary and Goal of Workshop:

The Architecture Viewpoints Workshop is a critical event in the development of the Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA).

Consistent application of architectural design principles is critical for information technology (IT) projects to deliver real and durable value. IT architecture is most successful when it provides insight and guidance directly to the stakeholders responsible for creating and then implementing it. As a consequence, a valuable practice (set out in ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 and elsewhere) is to define and describe the architecture in a series of “viewpoints” that speak to the most significant of those stakeholders. These viewpoints, along with other design principles, will make up the “toolkit” provided by SCIRA.

This workshop seeks to advance the SCIRA design toolkit through the discussion of an initial set of stakeholder roles and corresponding views into the realization process. Workshop participants will engage in a series of conversations to both “inform and learn” from each other. Crucially, they will identify and expand upon the most important viewpoints to be included in the SCIRA toolkit. The selected viewpoints and refined stakeholder concerns will also influence later SCIRA outputs and activities, such as the deployment guides and pilot implementations.

The workshop will be open to all parties interested in participating in discussions contributing to an optimal set of architecture viewpoints. The workshop will build on the previous SCIRA Stakeholder Needs Workshop and SCIRA Hacks and the City hackathon. Focus will be IT systems for public safety in a general sense, including support for first responders, community engagement, disaster response planning, and urban resilience.


Intended Audience:

The workshop will be open to all parties interested in participating in discussions contributing to an optimal set of architecture viewpoints. Participants from three communities will be especially welcome:

  1. Municipal CTOs, CDOs, Chief Innovation Officers, and IT Directors, as well software engineers and software developers who have participated in the planning and execution of information technology projects, particularly for small and medium-sized communities.
  2. Academic, industry, and non-profit researchers and organizers who work to create and disseminate knowledge of Smart City technologies and best practices.
  3. Design and architecture professionals who have participated in the development of previous reference and solution architectures for IT and communications systems, and who are familiar with the standard methodologies on which SCIRA is being built.

The focus of SCIRA is on IT systems for public safety interpreted broadly, including support for first responders, community engagement, disaster planning, and urban resilience.



The Smart Cities Architectural Viewpoints Workshop is being held in conjunction with the 4th IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (SC2) and will take place, along with SC2, at the Westin Kansas City, on Sunday-Monday Sept. 16-17. This workshop participation cost is included for full conference registrations.



Sunday, September 16th

  • 1:00 pm Introduction to SCIRA project – DHS and OGC
  • 1:30 pm Introduction of participants – all participants
  • 2:00 pm Presentation and discussion of initial SCIRA roles and viewpoints – OGC
  • 3:00 pm Coffee break
  • 3:30 pm Breakout sessions on viewpoints – all participants
  • 5 pm Adjourn

Monday, September 17th

  • 1:30 pm Report of breakout sessions from Sunday – session rapporteurs
  • 2:30 pm Discussion and prioritization of viewpoints – all participants
  • 3:30 pm Coffee break
  • 4:00 pm Simulation and discussion of interactions between design viewpoints
    and IT system realization elements – all participants
  • 5:00 pm SCIRA plans and next steps – OGC, DHS, all


Workshop Leaders

Josh Lieberman

Josh Lieberman is a Director of the OGC Innovation Program, where he develops and manages OGC interoperability initiatives. Although he recently joined OGC staff, Josh has been involved in OGC both as a member and as an initiative architect for almost two decades while serving as principal at Tumbling Walls, senior geospatial analysis manager at Deloitte, and lead architect at Traverse Technologies and Syncline. He is also a part-time senior researcher at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis and teaches graduate classes at UMBC. Josh currently leads the OGC SCIRA project, Underground Infrastructure Pilot activity, and the Maritime Boundaries and Limits Pilot. Previous OGC projects have included the IMIS IoT Pilot, AATS Harmonization Project, Testbeds 10 & 11, and early phases of GEOSS AIP .

Bart De Lathouwer

Bart De Lathouwer is responsible for planning and managing OGC interoperability initiatives such as testbeds, pilots and interoperability experiments with an emphasis on activities in Europe. Since 2001, Mr. De Lathouwer has worked first as European liaison to the geospatial division of Autodesk and later as Autodesk’s Product Manager for Server Technologies. In this role, he also served as member company representative to the OGC. As OGC staff, Bart led the UK Interoperability Assessment Plugfest (using the INSPIRE baseline), led the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilots for 4 years, assessing and advancing interoperability in GEO and under his leadership and with his background in Computer Science, Bart led a 16 organization H2020 project for Smart Cities, defining the reference architecture for the Urban Platform. Bart also serves as the General Manager for OGC activities in Europe.


About SCIRA:

SCIRA is a project of the OGC Innovation Program sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science & Technology (S&T). The SCIRA goal is to develop an interoperable framework or design toolkit that integrates commercial proprietary IoT sensors with other city datasets for public safety applications at the community level. The SCIRA Project will create and provide free deployment guides or playbooks that can help municipalities leverage the SCIRA toolkit to plan, procure, and implement standards-based, cost-effective, vendor-agnostic, and resilient smart city IT systems. The real-world applicability of SCIRA will also be evaluated through a hands-on pilot activity to be carried out in 2019 with two or more municipal partners.

The architecture viewpoints workshop is organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). OGC is a not-for-profit consortium that provides standards and innovation in the area of Smart Cities. OGC was established in 1994 to create open standards for geospatial information. OGC continues that mission with membership from 525 organizations and partnerships with over 40 other consortia and international standard-setting organizations.


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