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The advent of I3S

  • Posted on: 18 October 2017
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Barry Tilton and Monica Wamsley, @TheGlobeIn3D

The future of mapping is coming — or is it here already? With the advent of Indexed 3D Scene Layers (I3S) as a community standard, everyone stands to benefit.

OGC GeoPackage: Expanding the Realm of Geospatial Capabilities

  • Posted on: 25 September 2017
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David Wilson and Micah Brachman, PhD

An OGC GeoPackage is a portable database that may contain raster maps and imagery, vector features, and elevation data. GeoPackages are optimized for sharing and displaying these types of geospatial data on mobile mapping systems, and GeoPackage extensions may be developed to support additional types of geospatial data such as routing networks. This blog post will discuss what GeoPackage extensions are, how they are developed, and how they can provide new geospatial capabilities to meet the requirements of a diverse user base.

OGC invests in improving Quality of Service and Quality of Experience

  • Posted on: 7 February 2017
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Contributed by: 
Ilkka Rinne, Head of Customer Experience and Interoperability, Spatineo Inc.

We live in a world stealthily powered by Web Services and APIs: nearly everything we do on our laptops and mobile devices uses background services to talk over the Internet. These services are especially important for applications providing access to small subsets of information, based on a user’s location, fed from large, remotely stored datasets. Any quality issues in the communication between the applications and their backend services quickly become critical, causing bad user experience for tens of thousands of people.

Open geospatial standards and social analytics

  • Posted on: 30 September 2016
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Steven Ramage, SASNet Fellow and independent geospatial advisor.

The Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGRC) have established the Social Analytics Strategic Network (SASNet), a research-based network focused on capacity building for social analytics of emerging forms of data, including big data. Geospatial data represents one of the key data types across many of the UBDC and SASNet activities. 

RM-ODP: A Critical Enabler for Sustainable Development

  • Posted on: 13 September 2016
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Contributed by: 
Lance McKee, OGC Member and former OGC Senior Staff Writer
The countless systems that will make up the UN Sustainable Development Goals System of Systems will need to communicate, interoperate, and behave as one big distributed processing system. This can be accomplished by means of open, international, consensus derived data model standards, open encoding standards based on the open data models, and open interface standards based on the open encodings.

OGC Health Summit - Review

  • Posted on: 5 September 2016
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Contributed by: 
Eddie Oldfield, Owner, Spatial Quest Solutions.

The OGC Health Domain Working Group organized an OGC Health Summit, June 21, in Dublin Ireland, to bring attention to health market requirements, technical solutions, advances in geospatial standards, and implementation examples / health applications.  The OGC Health Summit: 

World Ozone & Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre provides value added Validation Services using implementing OGC standards

  • Posted on: 19 April 2016
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Contributed by: 
Tom Kralidis, Data Management, Meteorological Service of Canada

 

In 2015, the World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) underwent renewal in order to modernize workflows, implementation and provide added value to the Ozone/UV communities. WOUDC is one of six World Data Centres which are part of the Global Atmosphere Watch programme of the World Meteorological Organization.

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