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OGC Seeks Comments on Candidate XML Standard for Observations & Measurements


Lance McKee
Outreach Consultant
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-508-655-5858
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Release Date: 
Friday, 23 July 2010 UTC

Wayland, Mass., 23 July, 2010 - The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) members approved release of “Observations and Measurements – XML Implementation” for public comment, in preparation for adoption as an OGC Standard. This candidate standard specifies an XML implementation for the Observations and Measurements conceptual model.

The OGC Observations and Measurements Encoding Standard (O&M) defines an abstract model encoding for observations and it provides support for common sampling strategies. O&M also provides a general framework for systems that deal in technical measurements in science and engineering.

This candidate standard and other standards that have resulted from the OGC's Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) effort ( enable developers to make all types of sensors, transducers and sensor data repositories discoverable, accessible and useable via the Web.

The candidate OGC Observations and Measurements – XML Implementation Encoding Standard and information on submitting comments on this document are available at . The public comment period closes on August 7th, 2010.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 395 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at .