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  • 18GSCEX : 100% discount on SCC expo only registration

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It is clear that design is important for building successful IT systems, such as the ones that power Smart City services. What isn’t clear is where good designs come from, and how they can best be leveraged to achieve Smart City goals. The Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA) project is not only developing a design toolkit for system designs to draw from, but also creating Deployment Guides and Playbooks that explain in concrete terms how stakeholders can move from design principles and service goals to operational and sustainable Smart City systems. The SCIRA project is sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and organized by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

Participants in the SCIRA Guides and Playbooks Workshop will have the opportunity to learn about the SCIRA design toolkit and the “instruction manuals” developed to go with it, including a Deployment Guide that covers the essential viewpoints, stages, and layers of a target system, and Playbooks that summarize the most important principles and strategies in building six specific capabilities:

  • Smart lampposts as reusable platforms for connectivity and sensing
  • Mobility and fair access to mobile resources
  • Smarthub wearable tech that keeps first responders connected and aware
  • Community engagement through two-way exchange of Smart City data and observations
  • Flood monitoring, planning, resilience, and response
  • Air quality monitoring and digital public health services

Participants will also have the opportunity, through discussion and deliberation, to provide feedback and help us produce a set of high-quality documents that are truly of value to Smart City practitioners.

Intended Audience:

The workshop will be open to all parties interested in participating in discussions contributing to a set of useful and accessible SCIRA Guides and Playbooks. 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 participate 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. Citizens and community advocates who work to improve access to municipal services for underserved areas and groups.

The focus of SCIRA is on IT systems for public safety understood in a broad sense, including support for first responders, community engagement, disaster planning, and urban resilience.


The Smart Cities Architecture Guides and Playbooks Workshop is being held in conjunction with the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo and will take place along with the Conference at the Tampa Convention Center, on Wednesday - Thursday Oct. 24-25. Free registration is provided for those attending the workshop and Expo only, although we recommend that participants also take advantage of attending the full 3 days of conference activities. The conference organizers are providing a 15% discount off the cost of conference registration for those participating in the workshop.


  • Wednesday, October 24th

    • 1:15 pm Introduction to SCIRA project – DHS and OGC
    • 1:45 pm Introduction of participants - all participants
    • 2:00 pm Presentation of draft SCIRA Guide and 6 Playbooks – OGC
    • 3:00 pm Discussion and selection of round robin breakout groups
    • 3:30 pm Adjourn
  • Thursday, October 25th
    • 8:30 am Breakout round robin: each of 6 groups will review and discuss 2 playbooks in turn for 30 min each, one rapporteur from each group for each playbook
    • 9:50 am Groups move on to next 2 playbooks
    • 11:10 am Groups move on to last 2 playbooks
    • 12:20 pm Plenary session: Reports from each group by playbook
    • 1:20 pm Wrap up and lunch
    • 2:00 pm (Optional) Open discussion:
      • Actions to improve and update the guide and playbooks;
      • Plans to incorporate them into pilot implementation projects


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.

Gobe Hobona

Dr. Gobe Hobona is the OGC's Director of Knowledge Management. He is responsible for planning and managing the workflow of candidate standards as they progress through the OGC standardisation cycle to ensure high quality, consistency, accuracy, and utility. He is also responsible for facilitating the creation and sharing of knowledge between the OGC Innovation Program and the OGC Standards Program.

Prior to joining OGC staff, Dr Hobona was the Consultancy Team Leader and Head of Applied Research at Envitia. During his time at Envitia, he was the technical lead of a multi-year geospatial research project commissioned by a major UK government ministry. He has also previously held postdoctoral research posts at Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham. His previous work has covered topics such as spatial data infrastructure, metadata harmonisation, geographic information retrieval, the semantic web, autonomous systems and earth observation.

He holds a PhD in Geomatics from Newcastle University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geographic Information Science from Newcastle University. He is a professional member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).