For many years now a small number of dedicated organisations in the Australia and New Zealand region have worked tirelessly to improve our data sharing through the use of OGC standards. The OGC is well known throughout the region and the number of implementations of the standards is increasing, but only a handful of organizations have contributed to the standards creation process working directly with the OGC. There is now an opportunity for a larger number of our region’s geospatial players to participate via the OGC Australia and New Zealand Forum.
By Florence Tan with Ben Caradoc-Davies and Simon Cox
For a long time, the use of spatial representations other than a conventional 2D cartographic view has been a rather dark corner of the GIS world. However, some recently adopted OGC standards promise to allow communities that need these, such as facilities and engineering, urban planning and design, hydro-geology, and the solid-earth geosciences, to integrate their world with the view normally presented in the geospatial community. These include
by Florence Tan, Rini Angreani, Peter Taylor, Simon Cox
A team from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia has successfully upgraded OpenGeo GeoServer Software and WaterML2.0 application schema to publish water storage time series information from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
The OGC North American Forum (NAF) has organized an Open Standards Technology Exposition to be held on September 19th, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. The event will be hosted by Oracle Corporation at their offices at 1900 Oracle Way in Reston, VA.
On a sunny morning at the Met Office in Exeter,
UK, Interoperability Day 2012 (#interop12 on Twitter) kicked off with 75
participants from around the world. The event was jointly organised by the OGC
and the AGI (the UK's geospatial membership body) and took place on the Friday
of the OGC Technical Committee/Planning
The day started with an introduction to the OGC by Steven Ramage, an OGC staff member. This was greatly appreciated by the
(updated 4 July 2012)
Once each year, the OGC awards its highest honor, the Gardels Award, to an OGC member who has “made exemplary contributions to the OGC's consensus standards process”. I had the pleasure of delivering the 2012 Gardels Award to Mr. David Wesloh of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for his exemplary service to the Consortium in addressing interoperability issues on behalf of his agency and the broader defense and intelligence community. The impacts of his contribution indeed extend well beyond his community of interest. His
A broad-based effort to employ geospatial analysis and information sharing contributed greatly to the disaster response effort after the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011. OGC standards played an important role.
Sinsai.info (http://www.sinsai.info), a crisis-mapping site that uses the Ushahidi platform, was launched 4 hours after the earthquake occurred. "Sinsai" means earthquake disaster in Japanese. Volunteers organized by Open Street Map Japan confirmed, geo-coded and uploaded more than 110,000 calls.
Licensing of OGC services surely is a means to get more data published, which requires certain agreements and which otherwise is just locked away. At the recent GSDI World Conference (GSDI 13) in Quebec City I heard much talk about harmonizing license conditions in order to make it easier to classify them and build tools to support them. I fully agree that this would make life much easier, especially for software vendors like con terra. But our experience in dealing with these issues practically for many years – and in providing an off-the-shelf product to
Though more and more geodata from administrative bodies such as National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies becomes open, these government bodies usually hesitate to provide fully unrestricted access to their datasets, especially in Europe. Nevertheless, access to these data sets is often important for the research community. Additionally, particular license models are still lacking. These issues were raised by the recent OGC Web Services (OWS) Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment, the OGC Authentication Interoperability Experiment, and the EU-funded project ESDIN as well.