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Learning from CleanSeaNet

  • Posted on: 23 August 2012
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Gianluca Luraschi, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

A near-real-time maritime operational spatial data service for oil spill and vessel detection
 
In the last decade, national and international public organizations have set up various geospatial services to monitor and understand safety, security and environmental issues. The availability of observation data and information at the right moment and with the right quality is crucial for managing these issues.
 

OIEau in France: Spreading the word about OGC standards in the water world

  • Posted on: 21 August 2012
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Sylvain Grellet, Office International de l'Eau (OIEau)

Office International de l'Eau (OIEau) has been setting up open information systems and data exchange standards in water related domains for years. OIEau's main standardization activity is the support it provides to the French water community via the Sandre secretariat. OIEau teams support other initiatives such as Water Information System for Europe (WISE) and the INSPIRE data specification process. As an OGC member, OIEau is also involved in the Hydrology Domain Working Group, which is co-chaired by the OGC and the World Meteorology Organization's Commission on Hydrology.

2011/2012 HPCC Incubator Project: An Enterprise GIS Web Services Hosting Environment For NOAA

  • Posted on: 14 August 2012
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Micah Wengren

NOAA's Enterprise GIS Web Services Hosting Environment project is prototyping a centralized hosting platform that NOAA geospatial data providers will use to upload and publish their data via Web services that implement OGC Web service interface standards. The goal is to give all NOAA data providers access to a NOAA-wide common platform enabling standards-based, interoperable data sharing and publishing, without needing to configure and maintain the software at the program office level. To minimize costs and maximize performance and scalability, the hosting platform leverages

Inspiring INSPIRE – European Air Quality Reporting Based on INSPIRE

  • Posted on: 10 August 2012
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Katharina Scheidt

The INSPIRE Thematic Working Groups (TWG) have been collecting and structuring the requirements for the provision of data within their thematic domain. The resulting thematic Data Specifications, based on OGC and ISO/CEN standards, have been designed to support the various usage areas, including environmental reporting on both the national and the European level. Those INSPIRE Themes that encompass the provision of observational or measurement data integrate the OGC Observations & Measurements schema (O&M; ISO 19156); the usage of

ESA's Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility (HMA) work yields EO Satellite Ground Segment Interoperability Manual

  • Posted on: 8 August 2012
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Pier Giorgio Marchetti, Head of Research and Ground Segment Technology Section EOP-GSR, European Space Agency (ESA)

The Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility (HMA) manual [1], freely downloadable from the ESA web site [2], provides a high level view on the results of several years of harmonisation and standardisation work in  the critical area of ground segment interoperability of Earth Observation satellite missions.  The coordinated effort of the European space and downstream industries, research centres, agencies and institutions has made a significant contribution to the definition of geospatial standards published within the Open Geospatial Consortium. Earth Observation systems are inherently

The New OGC Australia and New Zealand Forum

  • Posted on: 1 August 2012
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Denise McKenzie, interim Chair of OGC ANZ Forum

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.

Mapping Borehole observations using a true 1-D CRS

  • Posted on: 23 July 2012
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Florence Tan

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

Publishing WaterML2 Time Series Data using GeoServer

  • Posted on: 13 July 2012
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Florence Tan

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 announces the OGC North American Open Standards Exposition

  • Posted on: 9 July 2012
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Roger Mann, Director, Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin

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.

Successful AGI/OGC Interoperability Day in Exeter

  • Posted on: 6 July 2012
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Chris Ewing, Catastrophe Model Developer, Impact Forecasting team, Aon Benfield, London

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 Committee meetings.

The day started with an introduction to the OGC by Steven Ramage, an OGC staff member. This was greatly appreciated by the

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