OGC(R) standards are technical documents that detail interfaces or encodings. Software developers use these documents to build open interfaces and encodings into their products and services. These standards are the main "products" of the Open Geospatial Consortium and have been developed by the membership to address specific interoperability challenges. Ideally, when OGC standards are implemented in products or online services by two different software engineers working independently, the resulting components plug and play, that is, they work together without further debugging.
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Early success of GIS led to a problem no vendor could solve alone
By the mid-1980s, geographic information system (GIS) software was heavily used in the natural resources and defense domains, especially within government agencies. Other market sectors, such as state and local government, civil engineering, transportation and business marketing were seriously exploring the technology. The future looked bright, but there were frustrations brewing among users.
The OGC has 4 core programs that enable us to innovate and deliver high quality standards for the geospatial community. These are:
In the OGC Standards Program the Technical Committee and Planning Committee work in a formal consensus process to arrive at approved (or "adopted") OGC® standards. Learn about the standards that have been approved so far, and see the lists of products that implement these standards.
From the outside the OGC may look like a whirlwind of activity. And, it is. But underlying all the committees, working groups, test beds and other OGC activities is a member-approved process that encourages collaboration among and between OGC members to define, document, and implement open standards that solve geospatial interoperability problems. The OGC exists to enable a fast, effective, inclusive, user-driven process to develop, test, demonstrate, and promote the use of geospatial information and services by using OGC® standards.
A world in which everyone benefits from the use of geospatial information and supporting technologies.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is contemplating adoption of a technology called Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM). OGC invites public comment on a candidate specification that will soon be presented for approval by OGC members as an OpenGIS(R) Abstract Specification. The purpose of this Request for Public Comment (RFPC) is to obtain comments on the proposal for technologies and needed interfaces required for Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM). Documentation of this draft specification can be downloaded here:
Candidate Submission: Wed, 2006-03-01 09:00
Close request period: Fri, 2006-03-10 09:00
TC and PC vote to issue request: Mon, 2006-04-03 09:00
Begin request period: Wed, 2006-05-03 09:00
Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM) (06-004r3)
This document is a reference model for digital rights management (DRM) functionality for geospatial resources (GeoDRM). As such, it is connected to the general DRM market in that geospatial resources must be treated as nearly as possible like other digital resources, such as music, text, or services. It is not the intention here to reinvent a market that already exists and is thriving, but to make sure that a larger market has access to geospatial resources through a mechanism that it understands and that is similar to the ones already in use.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is contemplating adoption of a technology called OpenGIS® Sensor Planning Service (SPS). OGC invites public comment on a candidate specification that will soon be presented for approval by OGC members as an OpenGIS(R) Implementation Specification. The purpose of this Request for Public Comment (RFPC) is to obtain comments on the proposal for technologies and needed interfaces required for OpenGIS® Sensor Planning Service (SPS). Documentation of this draft specification can be downloaded here:
Candidate Submission: Tue, 2006-02-21 16:00
Close request period: Fri, 2006-03-10 16:00
TC and PC vote to issue request: Wed, 2006-04-12 16:00
Begin request period: Fri, 2006-05-12 16:00
This OpenGIS® document specifies interfaces for requesting information describing the capabilities of a Sensor Planning Service, for determining the feasibility of an intended sensor planning request, for submitting such a request, for inquiring about the status of such a request, for updating or cancelling such a request, and for requesting information about further OGC Web services that provide access to the data collected by the requested task.