OGC Seeks Comments on "NIL Extension" to Geography Markup Language (GML)
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate "GML-NIL profile" of the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) Encoding standard. GML is a widely used XML grammar for encoding information about geographical features. The GML-NIL profile provides a way to allow data providers to make a best effort to supply data according to an application schema, even if they do not have values for all feature properties. This is achieved by marking the application schema as a whole as ‘nillable=true’ and using OGC ‘nil’ URIs in links for missing data. This reverses the usual pattern which has a default value of nillable=false.
The GML-NIL pattern of use has been used informally for several years in Earth and environmental science applications, and this candidate standard merely aims to formalize and document the practice. It is expected to be useful in many applications where a heterogeneous community wishes to enable participation by a wide variety of members with different capabilities and data sources. The submission team is composed of members of the GeoSciML project.
The candidate OGC GML-NIL standard documents are available for review and comment below.
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: 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