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Strategic Implementation Plan 2012


Strategy 1: Deliver world-standard quality GNSS data and products to all users globally with leading-edge expertise and resources. 


Goal 1.1: Serve as the premier source of the highest-quality GNSS related standards (conventions), data and products, openly available to all user communities. 

Actions Required:

Monitor progress of next generation combination software “ACC 2.0” development and make presentation at 2012 IGS Workshop [ACC, GB] 
Plan for the transition of the IGS Real Time Pilot Project to an IGS Service [RT WG, GB] 
Set and implement targets for the second IGS Reprocessing Campaign [ACC, ACs, GB] 
Participate in RTCM standardisation activities, coordinating relevant IGS inputs and reporting back to GB [CB, IC] 
Play a leading role in defining and maintaining RINEX, define status and timeline for way forward in a “one-pager” document [RINEX/RTCM WG, GB] 
Set 2012 targets and priorities for the Infrastructure Committee [IC, GB] 
Define and implement a process for obtaining and reporting on user feedback [CB, GB] 
Appoint an IGS Network Coordinator – address issues such as defining functions, recruitment, securing funding, establishing relationship with IC, reporting lines, etc. [GB, CB, IC] 
Establish process for defining and implementing workshop recommendations, with clear responsibilities [GB] 
Set objective(s) for all working groups and provide updated ToRs and membership lists – include top objective for each WG in this plan [WG Chairs] 


Goal 1.2: Attract leading- edge expertise to pursue challenging, innovative projects in a collegial, collaborative and creative culture. 

Actions Required:

Develop on website a portfolio of examples of innovative new products and services based on IGS, similar to or [CB] 
Identify government or academic organizations that can play a greater role in IGS, e.g. as analysis centers for new products, AACs, etc. [CB, GB] 
Engage with groups undertaking global multi-GNSS analysis and encourage participation in M-GEX [GB, all elements] 
Encourage Wuhan University, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China) and GSI (Japan) to become AACs or ACs [GB] 
Use the 2012 IGS Workshop as an opportunity to promote IGS agendas wrt M-GNSS, open data policy, upgrade and expansion of network, and development of new services and analysis products [GB, all] 


Strategy 2: Develop, integrate, and participate with new and changing GNSS systems and understand user needs to continuously improve IGS services and to provide value to a broad range of users. 


Goal 2.1: Incorporate and integrate new systems, technologies, applications and changing user needs into IGS products and services. 

Actions Required:

Monitor progress of M-GEX tracking campaign, invite participants to 2012 IGS 2012 Workshop to present results [GNSS WG, GB] 
Coordinate with agencies in Japan, China, Russia in their plans to extend networks of M-GNSS receivers, e.g. JAXA MGM CfP and announced Compass CfP [GB, EC, IC] 
Encourage ACs to process multi-GNSS data from M-GEX, as well as current GLONASS data, including engineering analysis of new data types [GB, IC, GNSS WG, ACC, ACs] 
Define process for converting the IGS tracking network to an M-GNSS network without disrupting the long coordinate time series [(IC]) 
Define way to include stations from GNSS providers for tying reference frames (RF WG, ACC, IC) 
Develop web-based register of IGS stations, and develop annual metrics for number, geographic distribution, type of receiver, etc, [IC, NC, CB]
Address all issues associated with converting RT-PP to an IGS Service – CfP, ToR, WG/Coordinator, product specs, etc. [GB, CB, RT WG] 


Goal 2.2: Facilitate the integration of IGS into the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) and other more broadly based Earth observing and global navigation systems and services. 

Actions Required:

Maintain engagement with GGOS, in particular the Coordinating Board and Bureau for Networks & Communications [GB] 
Promote IGS products as GGOS products, and ensure efficient distribution via GGOS Portal [CB, all elements] 
Engage with GGOS Inter-Agency Committee (GIAC) to ensure that funding for ongoing IGS operations is placed on a sustainable footing [GB, CB] 
Continue IGS support to International Committee on GNSS (ICG), including Reference Frame and Timing Task Forces, the International GNSS Monitoring and Assessment System iGMAS, as well as raising other user-issues [GB, RF WG, CB] 
Support participating agencies with transition to a multi-GNSS tracking network, through appropriate Infrastructure Committee activities [GB, IC] 


Strategy 3: Continuously improve the effectiveness of IGS management and governance to support future growth. 


Goal 3.1: Maintain an international federation with committed contributions from its members, and with effective leadership, management and governance. 

Actions Required:

Implement and launch new IGS website [CB] 
Prepare timely technical and annual reports [all elements] Develop new 5 year IGS Strategic Plan (2013-2017) [GB]
Develop an annual Operating Plan for the CB [CB] 
Balance GB meetings between strategic directions & technical issues [GB]
Membership Committee to review Associate Member list and propose means of increasing diversity of AMs [GB]
Identify areas of the world where more IGS sites are required and develop strategies for engagement with appropriate agencies in those countries [CB, NC, IC, GB]
Restructure and/or re-focus activities of the GNSS WG [GB, GNSS WG] 


Goal 3.2: Promote the value and benefits of IGS to society, the broader scientific community, and in particular to policy makers and funding entities. 

Actions Required:

Establish a webpage on the IGS website similar to the site where direct links to IGS (& affiliated organisation) conference/workshop presentations would facilitate “one-stop” downloads, highlighting opportunities for engagement with policy makers, etc, for outreach [CB] 
Review concept of the “IGS Foundation” - develop set of goals, ToR, etc. [GB, CB] 
Support conferences and special sessions focused on IGS products and applications [all elements] 
Continue to engage with professional organisations such as FIG, ISPRS, ION, including recruitment into IGS WGs [GB, CB] 
Address IGS R-T streams and reference frame issues at FIG working week in May 2012 in Rome [RT WG, EC] 


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