OGC Press Releases

W3C and OGC to Collaborate to Integrate Spatial Data on the Web

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2015-01-06
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For OGC: Denise McKenzie - dmckenzie@opengeospatial.org, +1 314 546 4569
For W3C: Ian Jacobs - w3t-pr@w3.org, +1.718 260 9447

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6 January 2015 — The W3C and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced today a new collaboration to improve interoperability and integration of spatial data on the Web. Spatial data —describing geographic locations on the earth and natural and constructed features— enriches location-based consumer services, online maps, journalism, scientific research, government administration, the Internet of Things, and many other applications. In the United States alone, geospatial data and services are estimated to generate $1.6 trillion annually.

"Location, as well as providing context to much of today's online information, is vital to the emerging field of connected devices," said Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at Google. "Through this collaboration we hope to make the understanding of geospatial knowledge a fundamental component of the Web."

Spatial data is integral to many of our human endeavors and so there is a high value in making it easier to integrate that data into Web based datasets and services. For example, one can use a GIS system to find "the nearest restaurant" but today it is difficult to associate that restaurant with reviewer comments available on the Web in a scalable way. Likewise, concepts used widely on the Web such as "the United Kingdom" do not match the geographic concepts defined in a GIS system, meaning Web developers are missing out on valuable information available in GIS systems. Bridging GIS systems and the Web will create a network effect that enriches both worlds.

"Location plays a vital role for BBC Online, not least in our remit to provide timely information for Weather, Travel and Local News," said Chris Henden, Service Owner for Location Services at BBC Future Media. "It matters across the service, from maps showing places of note in World War One, to detailed context for breaking news. We source data from various third parties, then transform, curate, and make it available to our front-end services. There is a perceptible gap between the specialised world of geographic data, and that of the Web. Bridging that gap can take significant, repeated effort, and is not always successful or possible. Therefore this collaboration between the OGC and W3C is more than welcome."

More than 100 participants discussed these challenges at the March 2014 Workshop on Linking Geospatial Data, co-organized by OGC and W3C in partnership with the UK Government Linked Data Working Group, Google, and Ordnance Survey (the UK mapping agency). Stories ranging from management of data in response to the Fukushima nuclear plant accident to the use of spatial data to create new services from spatial and historical data in the Netherlands illustrated a diverse set of integration benefits and challenges.

Informed by the conclusions from that Workshop, the collaboration announced today will enable publishers of spatial data, providers of services that consume the data, and application developers to establish common practices and reduce the cost of integrating spatial data on the Web. Through the collaboration the Geospatial and Web communities will document use cases and requirements, develop best practices for publishing spatial data on the Web, and advance some existing technologies to W3C Recommendations and OGC standards.

"Through this collaboration we will ensure that governments and research labs will have a way to open up their spatial data to be used transparently by scientists, industry, and citizens alike," said Dr Kerry Taylor, Principal Research Scientist at Australia's CSIRO.

Richard Carne, Chief Digital Officer at the MetOffice added, "With growing demand for weather data services delivered via the Web, this joint effort will ensure the progress of practical and usable standards for the integration and communication of location related data."

Participants will evaluate the use of Linked Data for managing the complex evolution and integration of spatial data. The Linked Data approach enables people to produce data independently, and to then easily integrate heterogeneous data from diverse sources.

"We have used Linked Data — including early work on W3C's Semantic Sensor Network ontology and OGC's GeoSPARQL — to monitor and manage ground water levels affecting vulnerable underground archaeological sites," said Linda van den Brink of Geonovum, the Dutch government geospatial standards body. "We demonstrated that when you have a way to easily express location in Linked Data, you can combine geo-information with other data and discover new information without much effort."

For this collaboration, W3C and OGC have each launched a Spatial data on the Web Working Group. See http://www.w3.org/2015/spatial/ and http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/sdwwg. The groups, both chaired by Ed Parsons and Kerry Taylor, will coordinate closely and publish deliverables jointly. For W3C, this work is supported in part by the SmartOpenData project.

About the Open Geospatial Consortium

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/.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. The Open Web Platform is a current major focus. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan, and Beihang University in China, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

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OGC seeks public comment on KML 2.3 standard

Release Date: 
2014-12-19
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info@opengeospatial.org

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19  December 2014 - The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC KML 2.3 Standard.

KML is an XML grammar used to encode representations of places and objects for display in an earth browser, such as a 3D virtual globe, 2D web browser application, or 2D mobile application. KML can be used to accomplish various map and Earth image functions, such as: annotate places, specify icons and labels to identify geographic locations, create different camera positions to define unique views for KML features, define image overlays to attach to map views, and define the location and orientation of textured 3D objects.

The main KML enhancements provided in version 2.3 are:

  1. Addition of a new feature, KML Tour, which enables a user to specify aspects of a controlled virtual flight through a series of geographic locations, including speed, mode of flight (smooth or bounce), sound tracks and how KML features are updated throughout the tour.

  2. Addition of new geometries: Track and MultiTrack. A KML Track can capture and display the path and other aspects of  a moving object over a specified period of time.
     
  3. Enhancements to KML’s Extension Mechanism, allowing for the direct use of XML content from third-party schemas. KML 2.3 is now based on XML Schema 1.1 enabling authors of KML Application Profile extensions to experimentally add foreign element and attribute content interleaved among existing KML elements.

The documents for the candidate OGC KML 2.3 Standard are available for review and comment at (http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/128). Comments are due by 18 January, 2015.

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. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org.

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Trimble becomes a Principal Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium

Release Date: 
2014-12-01
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info@opengeospatial.org

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1 December 2014. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is pleased to announce that Trimble has raised its membership level from Technical Committee level to Principal level.

As a Principal Member, Trimble will participate in OGC's Planning Committee to explore market and technology trends relevant to OGC's mission to assure that OGC's policies and procedures remain effective and agile in a changing technology environment. As a member of the Planning Committee, Trimble will participate in final approval decisions for all OGC standards and for nominations to the Board of Directors.

"OGC's standards work continues to broaden to support convergence and information integration between the geospatial, civil engineering and AEC disciplines as well as sensors, navigation and mobile communications. Broad convergence of these domains is extremely important if we are to improve our ability to address increasingly complex challenges facing cities and communities today and into the future. Trimble’s participation in the OGC Planning Committee as a Principal member will undoubtedly help influence OGC’s understanding of the market and the future direction of enabling standards," said Mark Reichardt, President and CEO of the OGC.

Bryn Fosburgh, Vice President responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technologies Division, said, "We are extremely pleased to be part of the OGC’s Planning Committee and we look forward to collaborating with this consortium of companies, government agencies, research organizations and universities. We believe we can bring significant industry and technology experience to participate in the consensus process and support the creation of geospatial standards that that can empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services more accessible and useful."

About Trimble

Trimble provides positioning solutions enabling professionals in engineering and construction, surveying, agriculture, fleet management and field service to be more productive by revolutionizing their work processes. Trimble is transforming the way work is done through the application of innovative positioning. Trimble uses GPS, lasers, optical, and inertial technologies, as well as wireless communications and application specific software to provide complete solutions that link positioning to productivity. Trimble products are used in over 100 countries around the world. Employees in more than 21 countries, coupled with a highly capable network of dealers and distribution partners serve and support our customers.

About the OGC

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. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

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