OGC Press Releases

OGC® adopts IndoorGML standard for encoding indoor navigation data

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2015-01-20
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20 January 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership has approved the OGC IndoorGML Encoding Standard. This OGC standard specifies an open abstract data model and XML schema for indoor spatial information. The driving requirement for IndoorGML is navigation.

IndoorGML provides a coherent, technology-neutral description of a building’s navigable spaces that can be used by any number of navigation app developers and platform providers. Because IndoorGML is an application schema of the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) Encoding Standard, it enables easy integration of indoor navigation and outdoor navigation systems. IndoorGML’s developers anticipate that this will benefit emergency responders, shoppers, airport visitors and many others.

Industry already uses several open 3D building modeling standards such as OGC City Geography Markup Language (CityGML) Encoding Standard, OGC KML (a geographic visualization language), and buildingSMART’s Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). These deal with exterior surfaces and they deal with interior spaces of buildings from geometric, cartographic, and semantic viewpoints. IndoorGML focuses specifically on modeling indoor spaces from a navigation viewpoint.

Instead of focusing on building components such as roofs and walls, IndoorGML provides a framework to represent contained spaces (such as rooms and corridors) as cells. Connections between spaces and constraints on movement between spaces (such as doors) are represented as relationships between cells. The OGC IndoorGML standard defines the following information about indoor space:

  • Navigation context and constraints
  • Space subdivisions and types of connectivity between spaces
  • Geometric and semantic properties of spaces and connectivity
  • Navigation networks (logical and metric) and their relationships

IndoorGML provides an open standard that supports easy discovery, assessment, access and use of data for applications that enable, for example, indoor location-based services, indoor route analysis, indoor geo-tagging services, indoor asset management, and emergency control in indoor space. Requirements for other types of applications including indoor facility management, indoor robot maps, and indoor positioning may be addressed in the next version of IndoorGML.

IndoorGML can be used to integrate data from many different indoor location determination technologies.

This new standard is free and may be downloaded from: http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/indoorgml.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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Scott Serich appointed OGC Director, Interoperability Programs

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2015-01-14
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14 January 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces that it has appointed Dr. Scott Serich as Director, Interoperability Programs. Dr. Serich will support OGC’s participation in the Project Interoperability initiative sponsored by the U.S. Government Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), an OGC member.

Project Interoperability develops recommendations and guidance on an interoperability framework to improve interoperability at all levels of government in the US. The ISE Interoperability Framework (I2F) includes several cross-cutting or “inherent” threads including cybersecurity, integrated credentials and access management, device independence and geospatial.  OGC is working with many partner Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and professional associations involved in this effort including the IJIS Institute, the Object Management Group (OMG®), Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and others. The OGC brings geospatial expertise and proven interoperability processes to the overall effort.

“Dr. Serich brings tremendous perspectives to the OGC,” explained OGC’s Chief Engineer, George Percivall. “Not only does Scott have a sustained passion for open interoperability but he also adds a new perspective on OGC staff for the justice and law enforcement domains where geography is often a key determinant.”

Before joining OGC, Dr. Serich was the Lead Technical Architect at the IJIS Institute, where he led the Prescription Drug Monitoring Information eXchange (PMIX) interoperability project, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Serich became a member of the broader OGC community in 2011, when he used knowledge gained from the OGC Interoperability Program Testbed 8 effort to lay a foundation for the nascent IJIS Institute Springboard Program. He led the development of the Springboard conformance testing and certification program capabilities for PMIX and the OASIS LegalXML Electronic Court Filing standard.

Dr. Serich earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Michigan and a JD from Concord Law School. He is a registered patent agent and holds certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Health Level 7 (HL7). He also holds a faculty appointment at Drexel University.

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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OGC approves WaterML 2.0 Water Quality Best Practice

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2015-01-13
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13 January 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership has approved the OGC WaterML 2.0 Water Quality (WaterML-WQ) document for publication as an OGC Best Practice.

This OGC Best Practice describes how to configure XML documents for single and time series water quality measurements. In addition to stating the rules for using the OGC Observations and Measurements (O&M) and WaterML 2.0 encoding standards, including appropriate content ontologies, this Best Practice provides guidance through numerous examples. This document is intended to complement the OGC WaterML 2.0 standard as part of a suite of standards for water observation data.

The OGC WaterML-Water Quality Best Practice is available at http://docs.opengeospatial.org/bp/14-003/14-003.html.

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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