Whitepapers

A white paper is an OGC member approved publication released by the OGC to the Public that states a position on one or more technical considerations or other subjects that are germane to the work of the OGC, often including a high-level explanation of a standards based architecture or framework of a solution. A White Paper often explains the results or conclusions of research. A White Paper is not an official position of the OGC.
Document Title (click to view/download) Version Doc.# Editor Date
Cyberarchitecture for Geosciences White Paper    11-145  George Percivall 2014-05-20
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is developing "EarthCube” - Towards a National Data Infrastructure for Earth System Science . In a new partnership between GEO and the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure, NSF seeks transformative concepts and approaches to create a sustained, integrated data management infrastructure spanning the Geosciences. Meeting the challenges in geoscience research requires innovation and paradigm shifts in cyberinfrastructure. Information technology must advance to meet the emerging approaches to science. A cyber-architecture identifies repeatable patterns, reusable components, and open standards that provide starting point for innovative developments. This white paper was written by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) members and associates to contribute to development of the NSF EarthCube. This document does not represent an official position of the OGC. However, the discussions in this document could very well lead to NSF developments and subsequent OGC documents. Recipients of this document are invited to reply to the authors’ with notification of any relevant patent rights of which they are aware and to provide supporting documentation.
OGC Information Technology Standards for Sustainable Development    14-095  Lance McKee 2015-01-22
Sustainable development, "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, " will be accomplished by balancing social, economic and environmental objectives. In this paper the authors explain that rigorous standards for communicating environmental data are absolutely essential to enable social and economic progress in the Age of the Environment – the Anthropocene Epoch – in which humanity's expanding footprint has become the main cause of change in the planet's geology, water bodies, atmosphere and biosphere. The authors argue for a concerted and ongoing global effort to 1) define data communication and system interoperability requirements for environmental science, business and policy, and then 2) develop and implement consensus-derived, free and open environmental Information Technology (IT) standards that meet those requirements and that co-evolve with the larger IT standards framework and advances in IT.
OGC Smart Cities Spatial Information Framework    14-115  George Percivall 2015-01-21
This White Paper supports development of a Smart Cities Spatial Information Framework based on these themes: - Smart Cities are high-density generators of innovation and information. -; Location information is a major enabler of Smart City technology benefits. - Benefits of smart technology must be judged by benefits to residents. - Reuse and repurpose is vital to urban resilience - Open standards are needed for interoperability, efficiency, application innovation and cost effectiveness. Discussion of these themes and this white paper will occur at the OGC Smart Cities Location Powers Summit in Tokyo on December 2, 2014,1 the co-located OGC Technical Committee meeting, and in many other forums in the future. As described in this paper, there are many standards initiatives that focus on Smart Cities. Most Smart Cities use cases in some way involve indoor and/or outdoor location, and thus communication about location is an issue that cuts across the work programs most of the standards organizations that are involved with Smart Cities. This white paper builds on the OGC - Directions Magazine webinar: “Making Location Work for Smart Cities – the Case for Location Standards”2.
OGC® Sensor Web Enablement: Overview And High Level Architecture    07-165r1  Carl Reed, Mike Botts, George Percivall, John Davidson 2013-04-02
This OGC White Paper provides a high-level overview of and architecture for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards activities that focus on sensors, sensor networks, and a concept called the “Sensor Web”. This OGC focus area is known as Sensor Web Enablement (SWE).