Linked data versus geospatial semantics: Where do you stand?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
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Linda van den Brink, Geonovum

The other day at the Geonovum office we were discussing whether Linked Data is over-hyped. According to some of us, it is, although none of us knew where exactly it is in the hype cycle. In any case, we agreed that it is growing in popularity a lot, at least in Europe. In the Netherlands we have a community called the Platform Linked Data Nederland (450 members from private, public and scientific organizations). This community is

*TEST*June '15 OGC Technical Committee Meeting Agenda - Boulder, CO


Monday, 2015-09-14
Saturday, 2015-09-19

There are lots of reasons you should come to Seoul for FOSS4G but not limited to below.

First, you can meet differences. FOSS4G 2015 will be the first time event outside of Roman alphabet world. You may meet different language, culture, character and foods. These differences will inspire your imagination and creativity. Cultural diversities in OSGeo will eventually enrich the OSGeo structure and pipe the new fresh energy to OSGeo.

Second, you can see many business opportunities there in Asia. Asia will be the next big market to open source GIS professionals, users, and companies. For example, Korean government has just started new open source GIS R&D project with a budget of USD 9.6M. The market size of Asian economies already exceeded that of E.U. and U.S.A. And we’ve watched many emerging and vibrant FOSS4G activities in Asia. However this market is still untapped in terms of open source GIS. For this, we have a plan to organize ‘FOSS4G Asia Special Session’

Third, you can expect one-shot-two-kill by attending FOSS4G 2015 Seoul. FOSS4G 2015 Seoul will be held in conjunction with Smart Geo Expo[1] at the same venue. Smart Geo Expo will take place from 21st to 23rd, Sep just after FOSS4G 2015 Seoul. Smart Geo Expo is one of the largest international geospatial event in Asia. Last year, more than 80 companies & institutions including Samsung Electronics, Google, Sokkia, Trimble, Topcon, ESRI Korea, Leica exhibited their products there in Smart Geo Expo. And more than 10,000 people visited exhibition booth and attended several seminars & conferences. International High-level(usually minister level) meeting is usually there. The awesome thing is that Smart Geo Expo is total FREE!

For the success of FOSS4G 2015 Seoul, we definitely need your help & support. I would like to ask something to you.

At first, please share this info with others around you and create buzz!!

Second, if you have any awesome idea to make FOSS4G 2015 Seoul an awesome one, don’t hesitate to contact me or the LOC. We created a dedicated list for the FOSS4G 2015 – foss4g2015 [at] and you can join this list through here [2]

Lastly please save and earmark some money for FOSS4G 2015 Seoul.
You will never get disappointed. Let’s escape from the accustomed!!

Hope to see all of you in Seoul next year.




On 22 April 2015 the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) issued a Request for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) for the OGC Incident Management Information Sharing (IMIS) Internet of Things Pilot (IoT) Pilot – called IMIS IoT. This Pilot will prototype and demonstrate standards-based approaches to address a series of challenges that hinder effective use of large numbers of diverse sensors for use in emergency response and disaster response situations.

OGC’s IMIS IoT Pilot shows how diverse sensor systems can communicate ad hoc now in emergencies and disasters

Rapid integration of information from diverse information sources plays a key role in responding to emergencies and disasters. The number of sources grows rapidly with the growing number of cell phones and other mobile devices, and also with the growing number of different types of sensors. Cell phones and other mobile devices all have sensors such as temperature, accelerometers, GPS, compass and wireless signal sensors that can be useful during crises. Also, more and more municipalities, businesses and homeowners

WGDC 2015 - 4th World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC)

Wednesday, 2015-06-10
Thursday, 2015-06-11

3sNews Invites You to WGDC 2015 

The World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC 2015) is a world-leading annual conference organized by 3sNews Media for the last 3 years, aiming at leading and promoting innovation in the geospatial industry all over the world. WGDC 2015 will be held in the National Convention Center in Beijing, June 10-11, 2015.

GGDC 2015

WGDC 2015 focuses on popular applications in domains such as smart cities, drones, commercial satellites, real estate registration, underground pipeline, business intelligence, telematics, and BIM. Authoritative experts, analysts and renowned enterprises will be present to discuss opportunities for geospatial cross-industry innovation.

Leading companies from world’s geospatial industry will showcase their innovative products, technologies and business models and exciting new start-ups will display their game-changing new offerings. This is a business platform for projects, geeks and investors.

WGDC 2015 offers the opportunity to brainstorm with business elites, create trust and cooperation with business partners, build high-end brand identity, advance cooperative business platforms, and receive attention from users, media and public as well as gaining insight into market trends.

OGC Calls for Participation in a Sensor IoT Interoperability Pilot Project for Incident Management Information Sharing (IMIS) (IMIS-IoT)

Please note: This Request closed on 22 May 2015.
Open Date: 
Wed, 04/22/2015
Closing Date: 
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:00

RFQ Issued Date: 22 April 2015
Bidders Questions due
: 5pm EDT on 1 May 2015
Bidders Q&A Webinar: 10:00-11:30 EDT on 4 May 2015
RFQ Written Comments due: 5pm EDT on 11 May 2015 
Proposals Due Date: 5pm EDT on 22 May 2015

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Go Directly to the Bidder's Q&A Webinar Information
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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has issued a Request for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) in the Incident Management Information Sharing (IMIS) Internet of Things Pilot Project (IMIS IoT Pilot).(

IMIS IoT Pilot sponsors have documented interoperability requirements and objectives for this pilot activity. Organizations selected to participate in the IMIS IoT Pilot will develop solutions based on the sponsors’ use cases, requirements and scenarios, which are described in detail in the RFQ/CFP. Participants’ solutions will implement using existing OGC standards as well as new prototype interface and encoding specifications introduced or developed in OGC testbeds. Outcomes will be documented in public OGC Engineering Reports.

The Point of Contact for information about this Pilot initiative is Lew Leinenweber via email at:  imis-iot-responses [at]

IMIS IoT Pilot Sponsors

The RFQ/CFP includes details of technical requirements and task to be performed as well as details on participation eligibility, selection process and kickoff workshop information.

OGC testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are part of the OGC Interoperability Program, a global, hands-on collaborative prototyping program designed to rapidly develop, test and deliver proven candidate standards into the OGC Specification Program, where they are formalized for public release.

Responses are due by 5:00 pm EDT on 22 May 2015.

Click a link below to download individual files or a complete package for the RFQ/CFP.

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Complete  RFQ/CFP (pdf zip format)
Complete  RFQ/CFP (doc zip format)


RFQ Main Body (pdf)
RFQ Main Body (docx)
RFQ Annex A (pdf)
RFQ Annex A (doc)
RFQ Annex B (pdf)
RFQ Annex B (doc)

RFQ/CFP RESPONSE TEMPLATES (not included in above package)

 OGC IMIS IoT Techincal Response Template (doc)
 OGC IMIS IoT Finance Spreadsheet Template (xls)

QUESTIONS: Bidder's Q&A Webinar

Date and Time: 4 May 2015, 10:00-11:30am US EDT

Register here:

For the most efficient use of time in this webinar, please send your questions in advance to imis-iot-responses [at] opengeospatial [dot] org, by 5 pm EDT on 1 May 2015.



Deadline to submit questions on the RFQ/CFP: 11 May 2015

The Clarifications Document will be located at the link below:


OGC Requests: 


Thursday, 2015-11-19
Friday, 2015-11-20



Exploring Our Future in an Urbanized World

** Submissions for papers due 11 May 2015

In 2014, AGS mounted an “Expedition to the Future”, and a topic that prominently recurred through much of the dialog was “urbanization.” An ever increasing proportion of the world’s population will dwell in urban areas by 2050, even as the world’s total population swells by billions. The geographies of our urban habitats are poised to change radically by 2050, and the implications of this for local, regional, and global decision makers are significant and paramount to our well-being. The spatial-temporal processes and patterns that will reshape our cities – and the rest of the planet - are many and interrelated, and will manifest differently in different places over time. In short, there is no single “urban habitat” and it is imperative that we, as a global society, understand the variety and interconnectedness of the world’s towns, cities and mega-cities as they evolve by 2050

The AGS Fall Symposium brings together leaders in business, government, science, and education that might not otherwise have the opportunity to interact, and provide opportunities for discussion, debate, and collaboration to further the understanding of the future of our cities.

Geo Business 2015 Show

Wednesday, 2015-05-27
Thursday, 2015-05-28

The GEO Business 2015 show will once again take place at the Business Design Centre in London from 27-28 May 2015. GEO Business is the biggest geospatial event in the UK, designed for everyone involved in the gathering, storing, processing and delivering of geospatial information. Register for FREE* today

- An international exhibition (64% bigger) - boasting more than 200 of the world's leading suppliers of geospatial technology and services
- An innovative conference (55% more abstracts submitted) - incorporating the industry's leading geospatial experts presenting the very latest in the industry
- Commercial workshops sessions (34% more) - providing a unique opportunity to understand more about the latest technological advances
Welcome drinks and gala dinner - offering networking and socialising opportunities with colleagues in the industry

Contact Caroline Hobden, GEO Business Event Manager: email chobden [at] or call +44(0)1453 836363
Follow us on twitter @geobusinessshow #geobiz or join our LinkedIn group @GEO Business

OGC seeks public comment on the OGC WaterML2.0: part 2 - Ratings, Gaugings and Sections Standard

Please note:  This Request  closed on 8 May 2015.
Open Date: 
Thu, 04/09/2015
Closing Date: 
Fri, 05/08/2015 - 04:00

The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate WaterML2.0 - part 2: Ratings, Gaugings and Sections Standard.

WaterML2.0 represents an initiative within the joint WMO/OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group to address standards development and interoperability of hydrological information systems at an international level. The first part of WaterML2.0 focused on a standard information model, and an XML encoding derived from that model, for time series of hydrological observations.

The candidate WaterML2.0 - part 2: Ratings, Gaugings and Sections Standard describes an information model for exchanging rating tables, gauging observations and river sections.


Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template


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