Register New Interop Arrangements

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Brief description

Add reference to standards or special interoperability arrangements in the GEOSS Standards and Interoperbility Registry. (Co-developed by SIF and AIP)

Basic flow of events


Register new and recommended interoperability arrangements in the GEOSS Standards and Interoperability Registry (SIR), as well as utilized standards.


This use case covers the action of closing the loop on interoperability practices and arrangements (standard and otherwise) which have been implemented for GEOSS. The arrangements are registered and moderated in the SIR both to provide more information on what has been implemented, and to provide other GEOSS participants with an arrangement choice for registering their own resources.

 Actors and Interfaces

  • Service Provider
  • GEOSS Components and Services Registry (CSR)
  • GEOSS Standards and Interoperability Registry (SIR)
  • SIF (Standards and Interoperability Forum) Moderator

Initial Status and preconditions

  •  Service Provider has deployed an online resource of interest to GEOSS. For example:  a data access service, a catalog, a model, an observation service or another  process ( grid transformation or workflow).
  • Service Provider may have registered their resource to the GEOSS Components and Services Registry or to a community catalog / metadata service which is itself registered with GEOSS.
  • Service Provider wishes to register, for wider recognition and re-use, a particular interoperability arrangement which is implemented by their resource.


(basic flow steps)

  1. Service Provider develops or locates a description or specification of the chosen interoperability arrangement.
  2. Service Provider publishes the new document to a Web accessible location or obtains an online link to an existing document.
  3. If the Service Provider is registering the service with the CSR, continue with Step 5.
  4. If the Service Provider is registering the interoperability arrangement with the SIR, continue with Step 6.
  5. Service Provider logs in, registering if necessary, at the CSR.  While registering the service, Service Provider will request to also register the interopability arrangement, which will result in the SIR entry form being made available at the CSR.  Continue with Step 7.
  6. Service Provider logs in, registering if necessary, at the SIR.  
  7. Service Provider will choose to submit a new interoperability arrangement, providing:
            1.  Name (concise version of official title)
            2.  Version
            3.  Title
            4.  Description
            5.  Author
            6.  Publisher
            7.  Primary Taxonomy Category
            8.  Secondary Taxonomy Categories
            9.  URL for the published document
            10. URN for the published document
            11. Type (Standard or Special Interoperability Arrangement)
            13. Contact Details
  8. SIF evaluates the submission by Service Provider.  
  9. If SIF approves submission, it will be accepted into the SIR.  Continue with Step 11.
  10. If SIF does not approve submission, Service Provider will be contacted.
  11. DONE.

 Post Condition

A new interoperability arrangement is available in the GEOSS SIR for all GEOSS participants.  If it was registered via service registration it will be referenced by the Service Provider's service registration record.  If it was registered at the SIR, then Service Provider will need to update the service record at teh CSR to reflect its association with the registered interoperability arrangement.

Alternative flows of events

  1.     7.   Service Provider registers the interoperability arrangement at the SIR.
        7a.  CSR obtains an updated list of GEOSS SIR entries.
        7b.  Service Provider registers or updates their service at the CSR.
        7c.  Service Provider chooses the new interoperability arrangement from the SIR entries within the GEOSS CSR client in order to properly characterize their resource.
        7d.  Continue with Step 11.
  2.     10.  Service Provider is contacted by SIF to discuss interoperability arrangement submitted.
        10a. SIF works with the Service Provider to refine the interoperability arrangement and its documentation or to choose a better alternative arrangement.
        10b. Service Provider submits updated interoperability arrangement. 
        10c. Continue with Step 8.

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