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Tech Update 2019 Q1 from OGC CTO, George Percivall

OGC’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for developing OGC’s Technology Strategy and coordinating the strategy across all programs of the Consortium. Currently the main activities of the strategy relate to the OGC Architecture Board (OAB), OGC Technology Forecasting, and the evolution of the OGC Baseline. This column provides an update on those and related activities from the past three months.

Innovations and Standards

  • Posted on: 10 March 2017
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Open Standards Development

This blog highlights several recent innovations in OGC processes: Changes in the OGC Innovation Program; Community Standards in the OGC Standards Program; and Geospatial Trends Tracking by the OGC Architecture Board.

Good Company Ventures’ Climate Ventures 2.0 to stress open data access

OGC and OGC’s Testbed 11 interoperability initiative, which addressed Urban Climate Resilience, were officially recognized in the December 2014 Fact Sheet about the White House Climate Data Initiative. Also mentioned in that document were GoodCompany Ventures (GCV) and the expansion of Climate Ventures 2.0.

A retrospective on the OGC Interoperability Program: "Innovation in OGC"

A history of the OGC Interoperability Program was just published the the ISPRS International Journal of GeoInformation (IJGI).  The article was written by the four people who have served as Executive Directors of the program:  Jeff Harrison, Nadine Alameh, Terry Idol and George Percivall.

This is the abstract of the paper:

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?  

Big Processing of Geospatial Data

Geospatial Data has always been Big Data. Now Big Data Analytics for geospatial data is available to allow users to analyze massive volumes of geospatial data. Petabyte archives for remotely sensed geodata were being planned in the 1980s, and growth has met expectations. Add to this the ever increasing volume and reliability of real time sensor observations, the need for high performance, big data analytics for modeling and simulation of geospatially enabled content is greater than ever. In the

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