The Architecture Viewpoints Workshop is a critical event in 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 development of the SCIRA design toolkit through discussion and feedback on an initial set of stakeholder roles and corresponding views into the realization process for Smart Safe City systems. Workshop participants will engage in a series of conversations to both “inform and learn” from each other. They will then be able to 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 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.

To participate, please register for the workshop and respond with a position paper of no more than one page, indicating your interest and relevant background. Position papers are requested by September 4, 2018 to

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: 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. Academic, industry, and non-profit researchers and organizers who work to create and disseminate knowledge of Smart City technologies and best practices. 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. Workshops are 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


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 organisation 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.

Additional Information:

SCIRA Stakeholders Workshop report

"Technology Implementation Guides for Smarter Cities", Meeting of the Minds – a Smart City Blog

SCIRA Newsletter Subscription Page