Increasing Data Value for Consumer Needs

  • Posted on: 2 July 2014
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Matt Beare

It was 2008 when I first ventured into the world of INSPIRE; the European data sharing initiative for improved policy making on environmental matters, which affects all public sector organisations that collect, maintain, publish and use location-based environmental data. Mindful of the many challenges facing organisations that wish to share data and communicate information more effectively, I was immediately aware of the ambitious,

PolarHub: NSF-sponsored global hub for OGC Web Service discoverability and accessibility!

  • Posted on: 17 June 2014
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Dr. Wenwen Li, Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

The PolarHub team at the Arizona State University has launched a large-scale web crawler, PolarHub 1.0, to support the intelligent perception and discovery of distributed OGC web services on the ever-expanding World Wide Web. PolarHub introduces innovative web mining techniques to enable a scalable, sustainable, collaborative, and interactive platform for active discovery of OGC web services. As we are entering the era of big (geo) data, PolarHub becomes a new "surfboard" on this data deluge to support insightful geospatial data acquisition and analytics.

News from the ILAF Forum - Hablas Español? Novedades del ILAF

ILAF, the OGC Iberian and Latin-American Forum, was chartered in 2010 and it has been a vital channel for communication between the OGC and the Spanish-speaking world.

The Forum is run by two chair persons from Spain, Joan Maso and Joan Capdevilla, both have been active over the last years and helped spread the word about the use of OGC standards in the community. Joan Capdevilla is now stepping down as co-chair because he is changing jobs.

Sad News about Doug Nebert

Dear OGC members and readers of our blog,

We lost a member of our OGC family over this past weekend.  Doug Nebert, an active member of the OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee since 1994, died in a private plane crash in Oregon last weekend.  Our hearts go out to Doug's family at this time of terrible tragedy. 

Doug Nebert

Doug Nebert

Finding OGC WMS, WFS, WCS services

In April, Mike Botts, Botts Innovative Research, Inc. posed a deceptively simple question to an OGC discussion list:  “How does one find existing services that implement OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) interface standards these days?”   In response to such a fundamental question came an outpouring of responses on the many ways to find OGC services. How many services do you think were identified?  

Apps with GeoPackage introduced in DARPA TransApps program

The DARPA Transformative Apps program, or TransApps, is developing a diverse array of militarily-relevant software apps using an innovative new development and acquisition process.  A military apps marketplace will be created to enable rapid innovation to meet user needs based on a direct collaboration between a vibrant and highly competitive development community and involved communities of end-users.  The objectives are to transition the resulting systems to end-users in the Services and to foster a new model for rapidly and effectively acquiring, introducing, maintaining and enhancing

Remembering Cliff Kottman

As we celebrate OGC’s 20 year anniversary, with great sadness we learned that Cliff Kottman passed on Wednesday 26 March 2014 after a long illness. Cliff was brilliant, creative, deeply analytic and just as wise and sensitive to others as he was smart. He was a great teacher. Even before the OGC came into existence, he contributed to the development of the OGC vision, and he had the ability to put the rather complex vision of geospatial interoperability in easy to understand terms.  Those who remember Cliff may recall his many white papers on the subject and his famous