Vector Tiles Pilot

Note: Call for Participation is available here.

Vector Tiles is a technology that optimizes delivering vector data over the web to create maps. The approach provides a pre-defined shape (i.e. tile) to package vector data. Vector Tiles provide various opportunities:

  • Incentivize commercial innovation while simplifying interoperability for command and control, consumer mapping and many other applications.
  • Enable faster map loads (reducing size) and flexible styling with modern, easy-to-use tools. 

Vector Tiles provide an efficient and effective method of delivering GeoINT data due to the efficiencies for querying vector data and compacting of the files. Sponsors are interested in Vector Tiles Standardization in the following cases: 

  • OGC Web Services (WFS and WMTS)
  • Denied, Degraded, Intermittent, or Limited Bandwidth (DDIL) container format (GeoPackage) 

The OGC has coordinated several initiatives to advance the use of Vector Tiles. Testbed 12 and Testbed 13 advanced ideas, found issues and proposed change requests to existing standards. However, a better forward strategy is to advance extensions in current OGC standards.

This Pilot will develop Engineering Reports to document the results of the effort. These Engineering Reports will be considered by the OGC Technical Committee and may lead to standardization efforts to define a common vector tiling approach for multiple OGC standards.

The extensions will serve as basis for National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) Profiles.








July 06, 2018

Sponsors Kickoff


July 11, 2018

Call for Participation (CFP) released


August 06, 2018

Proposals due


August 13, 2018

Participant selection and agreements


August 17, 2018

Virtual kickoff


August 24, 2018

Interim meeting 1


August 31, 2018

Interim meeting 2


September 07, 2018

Interim meeting 3


September 10-14, 2018

Discussion at Working Groups


September 21, 2018

Interim meeting 4


September 28, 2018

End & Final Reports


 Questions from CFP:
Question: Dear OGC Colleagues,
in the Vector Tiles CFP it is mentioned a few times a demonstration event but we have not found any additional information on the "when" and "where". Can you please clarify?
AnswerAs is typical of all OGC initiatives, we will have a demonstration at the end. The date will be end of September with what is available. Participants will NOT be required to attend! 
This is a short term Pilot and the Demo will definitely reflect that short timeline.
Question: Will the outcome of this initiative be OGC standards?


Answer: The outcome will be Engineering Reports that will inform the standard working groups. OGC has a consensus process to develop OGC Open Standards.