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 propose several draft standard(s) including: a Conceptual abstract model for vector tiles that can be used across OGC standards,  and extensions for WFS 3.0, WMTS 1.0 and GeoPackage 1.2. Servers and clients will be developed to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed solution.

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