OGC Glossary

Glossary of Terms - S

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SAIF
Spatial Archive and Interchange FormatÂ
scalability
The ability to change the component configuration of a system to fit desired application contexts.
scanned map
Source: http://www.eurogeographics.org/Projects/GDDD/GDDD/lists/products.htm#52
Analogue maps digitized by scanning. The data structure of scanned maps is raster.
schema
A structured framework. A metadata schema specifies the order and types and labels of information elements describing a geodata set.
SCOTS
Standards based commercial off-the-shelf software. ("Off the shelf" means that the product is commercially available, without any need for customization.)
SDI (GDI)
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
"(Geo)Spatial Data Infrastructure: a comprehensive package of consensus and initiatives required to enable complete provision of data, access and privacy within the territory of the designated infrastructure."
SDO
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
Standards Development Organization: any international organization that develops standards for the whole community. Includes de jure SDOs and standards consortia.
SDTS
Spatial Data Transfer Standard. A standard vector format developed by the US Federal Geographic Data Committee.
semantic translator
A collection of mappings between a target Information Community`s data model and a source Information Community`s data model, generally held and maintained by the target Information Community, though both Information Communities may participate in configuring it. Usually expressed in terms of metadata, features, attributes and rules that permit information integration to occur when a feature collection is imported to the target Information Community from a source Information Community.
Sensor Collection Service (SCS)
Provides a web-enabled interface to a sensor, collection of sensors or sensor proxy. The Sensor Collection Service provides a standard interface for clients to collect and access sensor observations and manipulate them in different ways. SCS instances are collection points on the web for disparate types and instances of sensors. SCS instances deliver sensor observation values (e.g., temperature, ppm, chemical type) in response to queries form HTTP clients.
sensor domain model
The definition of a specific sensor type in accordance with the general sensor model.
Sensor Model Language
(SML) OGC`s XML-based language for describing and encoding sensors (in situ, satellite and airborne).
sensor web
A networked collection of sensors that can be remotely read and perhaps also controlled.
Sensor Web Enablement
OGC`s initiative to develop standards that support linking of environmental sensors to the World Wide Web. A Sensor Collection Service (SCS) server gathers readings from in-situ environmental sensors via a private network (cellular, microwave, etc.), and provides summaries or interpretations of those readings to SCS clients over the Web.
service
A computation performed by a software entity on one side of an interface in response to a request made by a software entity on the other side of the interface. A collection of operations, accessible through an interface, that allows a user to evoke a behavior of value to the user. ISO - 19119
service chain
A sequence of services where, for each adjacent pair of services, occurrence of the first action is necessary for the occurrence of the second action ISO 19119.
service interface
Source: ISO 19101
Shared boundary between an automated system or human being and another automated system or human being
service metadata
The most basic operation all OGC services must provide is the ability to describe themselves. This "Get Capabilities" operation, yielding a capabilities document, is common to all OWS1 services. An XML vocabulary comprised of several parts for describing different aspects of a service. The first unit describes the service interface in sufficient detail so that an automated process can read the description and invoke an operation that the service advertises. A second unit describes the data content of the service (or the data it operates on) in a way that enables service requestors to dynamically compose requests for service.
Service Model
The general model for online services.
service request
A request by a client of an operation from a service.
SHAPE
An ESRI published spatial data format.
SIF
Standard interchange format. SIF is a format which allows data to be transferred among dissimilar computer systems. SQL stands for Structured Query Language, a relational database.
Simple Feature Model
The general, descriptive model for how earth features may be represented as vector objects (i.e., points, lines and polygons).
SME
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (1-500 employed persons)
SOAP
Source: http://www.softwareag.com/xml/about/glossary.htm
"Simple Object Access Protocol, a method invented by Microsoft to use RPC over the internet via HTTP calls. SOAP is now published as an W3C Note and implemented, among others, as part of the Apache XML Project." SOAP is a protocol specification that defines a uniform way of passing XML-encoded data. It also defines a way to perform remote procedure calls (RPCs) using HTTP as the underlying communication protocol. Development of SOAP is in the care of the W3C`s XML Protocols Working Group.
spatial reference system
Source: The OpenGIS® Abstract Specification Topic 2: "Spatial Referencing by Coordinates" http://www.opengis.org/techno/abstract/02-102.pdf
As defined in the OpenGIS Abstract Specification Topic 2 and ISO 19111. Position on or near the Earth's surface can be described by spatial reference systems. These are of two basic types: those using coordinates; and those based on geographic identifiers (for example postal addresses, administrative areas). Spatial referencing by geographic identifiers is defined in ISO 19112, Geographic information - "Spatial referencing by geographic identifiers." The subject matter of The OpenGIS® Abstract Specification Topic 2: "Spatial Referencing by Coordinates" is spatial referencing by coordinates.
Spatial Web
The Spatial Web is the spatially enabled World Wide Web. It is also the set of Web-resident open geospatial resources -- data, schemas and services - that enable people to publish, find and use Web-resident geospatial information off all kinds.
specification
A document written by a consortium, vendor, or user that specifies a technological area with a well-defined scope, primarily for use by developers as a guide to implementation. A specification is not necessarily a formal standard.
Specification Program
The OGC Specification Program provides an industry consensus process to plan, review and officially adopt OpenGIS Specifications for interfaces and protocols that enable interoperable geoprocessing services, data, and applications. The OGC bodies involved in the Specification Program are the Technical Committee, Planning Committee, and Strategic Member Advisory Committee.
SQL
Source: http://www.softwareag.com/xml/about/glossary.htm
Structured Query Language. "SQL is a standard interactive and programming language for getting information from and updating a database. Although SQL is both an ANSI and an ISO standard, many database products support SQL with proprietary extensions to the standard language"
standard
A document that specifies a technological area with a well-defined scope, usually by a formal standardization body and process.
State Plane Coordinate System (SPC)
A locational reference system developed in the U.S. in the 1930s which provides positional descriptions accurate to 1 foot in 10,000. The SPC system divides the United States into 125 zones (5 cover Texas) and employs both Lambert conformal and Transverse Mercator projections (depending upon a state`s size and shape). Within any given SPC zone, X-Y coordinates are given in eastings and northings. A central meridian passes each zone and is given a false easting of 2 million feet. A false northing of 0 feet is established below the southern limit of each zone.
stove pipe or stove piped
Colloquial term describing systems that are 'islands of automation,' that do not interoperate with other systems. Data in at the bottom, data out at the top, no sharing of data or services laterally.
Strategic Member Advisory Committee (SMAC)
The SMAC is granted authority to operate by the OGC by-laws. The SMAC has as a primary responsibility to recommend areas of strategic opportunity for Consortium operations and to recommend resource strategies in support of Consortium programs to the Board of Directors, Consortium staff and the Membership.
structured code
Refers to software designed such that a small central program makes calls to subroutines organized in external libraries: as opposed to the `spaghetti` code of large monolithic programs with integral functions and subroutines. This approach enables libraries called application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide a standard set of `hooks` by which a program can cooperate with other programs.
Style
Styles provide the mapping from feature types and feature properties and constraints to parameterized symbols used in drawing maps
Styled Layer Descriptors (SLD)
A map-styling language for producing georeferenced maps with user-defined styling
stylesheet
Source: http://www.softwareag.com/xml/about/glossary.htm
"A program written in a stylesheet language for converting and/or presenting HTML, SGML, or XML documents. Stylesheet languages are e.g. CSS for HTML (and CSS2 for XML too), XSL for XML and FOSI and DSSSL for both SGML and XML."
sub-assembly
Collection of components. E.g. Customer Management contains many software components including Party, Location, Post Code look-up, and assign new ID number.
surface
2-deminsional geometric primitive, locally representing a continuous image of a region of a plane. (see OGC Abstract Specification (Topic 1) clause 6.3.17)
Surface Configuration Model
Defines the geometric characteristics of the Earth`s surface, exclusive of features which fall upon the surface; defined in terms of elevation, shape, roughness, slope, and aspect, with the later properties possibly derived from elevation.
SVG
"Scalable Vector Graphics, a language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML. SVG graphic types include text and XSLT can transform XML documents into SVG output. Thus SVG is a possible replacement for XSL FO. SVG tools are provided by IBM, CSIRO and Adobe." SVG is a standard application programming interface (API) for displaying graphics encoded in XML. SVG is used for presentation of GML data.
symbol
Symbols are bundles of predefined graphical parameters and predefined fixed graphic "images".
symbology
Methodology for describing symbols and mapping of the schema to an application schema. Portrayal requires symbology.
synchronous
Calling application requires response to request before proceeding.
System Internal Interface (SII)
An interface between components within an application platform.
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Glossary of Terms - L

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LAN
Local Area Network. A system for connecting computers so they can communicate with one another.
Landsat
A particular system of US satellites that scan the earth at a variety of wavelengths. The satellites return information that can be used to inventory and analyze a variety of natural and human resources.
language independent
Describes a standard or specification which is not specified in terms of a specific programming language, but is implementable in a variety of languages.
layered map visualization
Pictoral representation of geographic data
LBS
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
See Location Based Services
legacy system
In computing terms, a legacy System includes software or database components inherited from a previous computing model which do not fit into an open system environment without some modification. In the case of the OpenGIS Specification, legacy systems are modified to include OpenGIS-conformant interfaces.
line string
A set of coordinate points and the lines that join them.
Location Based Services (LBS)
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
Location Based Services (or "Location Services") deliver information about location to people who are using wireless, position-aware devices such as cell phones and PDAs. A wireless-IP service that uses geographic information to serve a mobile user. Any application service that exploits the position of a mobile terminal.
Location Dependent Services
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
"Services in which the location of the client, server or both form an integral part of the service "
Location Organizer Folder (LOF)
The general, multi-source information container model for handling sets of inter-related spatiotemporal information, including images, maps, features, cables, and any other information elements (e.g., audio, video, etc).
location service
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
A service that provides the location of a moving or fixed device
Long-Term Technical Baseline Target
The Long-Term Technical Baseline Target is the subset of the elements of the Technical Plan that are scheduled to be completed greater than two calendar years into the future.
loosely-coupled service
A service that can be used to operate on multiple, unspecified datasets. Calling application has no structural dependency on the interface of called application. Call is not made in same technology as the interface of the called application.
LZW
Lempel-Zif-Welch: a popular data compression technique developed in 1977 by J. Ziv and A Lempel. Unisys researcher Terry Welch later created an enhanced version of these methods, and Unisys holds a patent on the algorithm. It is widely used in many hardware and software products, including V.42bis modems, GIF and TIFF files and PostScript Level 2.
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Glossary of Terms - E

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Earth model
An approach to abstracting the Earth. The data model for the Earth.
edge
1-dimensional topology primitive (see OGC Abstract Specification (Topic 1) clause 7.3.14)
EEA
European Environment Agency
encapsulation
In object-oriented programming, data can be encapsulated in an object, which means all access to the data and manipulation of the data occurs through the object`s methods. Legacy software or data can be encapsulated by giving it an interface that is compatible with object software.
engineering viewpoint
RM-ODP viewpoint that relates a system`s purposes, content, and functions to specific components linked by a communications network. This viewpoint is concerned primarily with the interaction between distinct computational objects: its chief concerns are communication, computing systems, software processes and the clustering of computational functions at physical nodes of a communications network. The engineering viewpoint also provides terms for assessing the "transparency" of a system of networked components - that is, how well each piece works without detailed knowledge of the computational infrastructure. The engineering viewpoint can be described in terms of UML collaboration diagrams and deployment diagrams.
enterprise
In the context of computing, an enterprise is a large organization whose many offices, agencies, workers and partners must be able to communicate and share information effectively and efficiently.
enterprise application
Software that automates a business process that spans many business units
enterprise viewpoint
Describes the business or organizational perspective, context, purpose, scope and policies governing a distributed information system. The ORM enterprise viewpoint highlights geospatial location as a fundamental information ingredient and provides a representative value chain of geospatial information within an enterprise or an information community. The ORM enterprise viewpoint includes the major requirements on OGC technology as derived from the described value chain.
EO
Earth observation, i.e., remote sensing.
EOSDIS/HDF
HDF-EOS is an extension of NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) Hierarchical Data Format. HDF-EOS adds mechanisms for storing geo-referencing and temporal information, data organization, and metadata storage. HDF-EOS contains Grid, Point and Swath structures.
ESDI
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
European Spatial Data Information Infrastructure http://www.ec-gis.org/inspire/
ESPRIT
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
The Research programme of the European Union until 1998 http://www.cordis.lu/esprit/home.html
ETeMII
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
European Territorial Management Information Infrastructure: a Fifth Framework project supporting consensus-building on Data issues. http://www.ec-gis.org/etemii
Ethernet
A type of local-area network used for high-speed communication among computers.
EUROGI
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information: members are national associations (e.g. The Association for Geographic Information in the UK) and related pan-European sector bodies. http://www.eurogi.org/
exemplar implementation
An operational, conformant implementation of an implementation specification that is made available for public use for testing purposes (Exemplar Implementations refer to OpenGIS Implementation Specifications.)
extensibility
The ability for a system or components of a system to expand by assimilating new data, software or hardware components.
extrinsic resource
A registered resource associated with a repository item for which the content model is not defined by the RIM. It may be located in a repository not managed by a Registration Authority, and its content may be represented by any Internet Media Type (e.g. application/pdf, image/svg+xml).
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Glossary of Terms - W

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W3C
World Wide Web Consortium. The organization that manages standards for the Worldwide Web.
Web Coverage Service (WCS)
Supports the networked interchange of geospatial data as "coverages" containing values or properties of geographic locations. Unlike the Web Map Service, which returns static maps (server-rendered as pictures), the Web Coverage Service provides access to intact (unrendered) geospatial information.
Web Feature Service (WFS)
OpenGIS Specification that supports INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, QUERY and DISCOVERY of geographic features. WFS delivers GML representations of simple geospatial features in response to queries from HTTP clients. Clients access geographic feature data through WFS by submitting a request for just those features that are needed for an application.
Web mapping
Dynamic query, access, processing, combination and portrayal of different types of spatial information over the Web.
Web Mapping Service (WMS)
OpenGIS Specification that standardizes the way in which Web clients request maps. Clients request maps from a WMS instance in terms of named layers and provide parameters such as the size of the returned map as well as the spatial reference system to be used in drawing the map.
Web Mapping Testbeds (WMT) Phases 1 and 2
The groundbreaking Web Mapping Testbed Phase 1 (WMT 1), which ran from June, 1999 to October, 1999, yielded candidate interface specifications for Web mapping that were subsequently approved by OGC`s Technical Committee and Planning Committee. The Web Mapping Testbed Phase 2 (WMT 2), which ran from June, 2000 to March, 2001 expanded on this foundation with extensions to those specifications and a set of new draft specifications
Web Registry Service
The Web Registry Service is a software component that supports the run-time discovery and evaluation of resources such as services, datasets, and application schemes.
Web Service Flow Language (WSFL)
Available at: www.oasis-open.org/cover/wsfl.html
Web Services
"Web services are self-contained, self-describing, modular applications that can be published, located, and invoked across the Web. Web services perform functions that can be anything from simple requests to complicated business processes. Once a Web service is deployed, other applications (and other Web services) can discover and invoke the deployed service."
Web Services Definition Language (WSDL)
Available at: http://www.w3.org/TR/wsdl
Web Services Description Language (WSDL)
The language for describing and encoding services. The Web Services Description Language (WSDL) is a draft specification from W3C to describe networked services in terms of what they can do, where they reside on the network and how to invoke them.
Well-Known Binary Representation for Geometry (WKBGeometry)
Data format that provides a portable representation of a Geometry value as a contiguous stream of bytes. Obtained by serializing a geometric object as a sequence of numeric types drawn from the set {Unsigned Integer, Double} and then serializing each numeric type as a sequence of bytes using one of two well defined, standard, binary representations for numeric types (NDR, XDR).
Well-Known Text Representation of Spatial Reference Systems
Format that provides a standard textual representation for spatial reference system information. The definitions of the well-known text representations are modeled after the POSC/EPSG coordinate data.
WFS
See Web Feature Service.
WMS
See Web Map Service
WMS Context
XML document that unambiguously describes the state or "context" of a WMS client states that accounts for a specific grouping of one or more maps from one or more map servers can be described in a portable, platform-independent format for storage in a repository of for transmission between WMS clients
Working Group (WG)
In OGC, a group of individuals composed of members of the Technical Committee and invited guests, working to solve some particular problem or problems in a particular arena of interoperable geoprocessing. A particular use of the Working Group structure is to generate Requests for Information or Requests for Proposal, and to evaluate responses.
WRS
See Web Registry Service.
WSDL
Web Services Description Language
WWW
Source: PreANVIL Glossary http://www.anvil.eu.com/find/Glossary-english.htm
"World Wide Web: a collection of protocols, based on IP, and infrastructure that enable efficient, user-friendly publishing, discovery and access to digital information."
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Glossary of Terms - P

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PDF
Portable Document Format. An Adobe file format readable with free software (Acrobat Reader)
photogrammetry
Use of aerial photographs to produce planimetric and topographic maps of the earth`s surface and of features of the built environment. Effective photogrammetry makes use of ground control by which aerial photographs are carefully compared and registered to the locations and characteristics of features identified in ground-level surveys.
pilot project
In the context of the OGC Interoperability Program, a project to introduce new technology products into an operational environment to discover the effectiveness of these products and the new approaches they enable, and to provide feedback into the Specification Program.
Planning Committee
The OGC Planning Committee identifies market opportunities for interoperability and uses this information to document and maintain a "Technology Roadmap" that sets forth the plan, schedule and rationale for OGC activities.
planning study
In OGC: Strategic study that assesses opportunities to expand and sustain an organization's interoperability capacity.
platform
Another term for computer hardware, including microcomputers, workstations, and mainframe computers, or for underlying software, like an operating system, that provides services to layered software.
platform independent
Depends on context, but in general, when discussing software, platform independence means the software can be run on any computer or operating system or distributed computing platform.
PNG
Portable Network Graphic. A format for Web graphics
point of interest
A location (with a fixed position) where one can find a place, product or service, typically identified by name rather than by address and characterized by type, which may be used as a reference point or a target in a location based service request, e.g., as the destination of a route.
point to grid interpolation
Source: GETIS glossary
The conversion from a geospatial data set that represents a surface with points and their attributes (e.g. terrain heights) to a grid (raster) data structure that represents the same surface. The estimation of attribute values of the surface at an unsampled point in the grid is based on the known attribute values of surrounding points in the point dataset.
polygon
Source: AGI glossary. http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/agidict/welcome.html
A feature used to represent areas. A polygon is defined by the lines that make up its boundary and a point inside its boundary for identification. Polygons have attributes that describe the geographic feature they represent.
polygon overlay
Source: AGI glossary. http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/agidict/welcome.html
"The process of superimposing two or more polygons, through registration to a common co-ordinate system. Such an overlay procedure determines the spatial coincidence of two sets of polygon features and creates a new set of polygons based upon overlay operating."
portal
A Web site that provides a view into a universe of content and activity through a variety of links to other sites, communication and collaboration tools, and special features geared toward the community served by the portal.
portrayal
The presentation of information to humans, e.g., a map. In the context of the Web, portrayal refers to how data is presented for the user. Map portrayal, for example, is concerned with shape and color of symbols representing features, rules for displaying text labels, rules for showing/not showing symbols based on zoom extent, etc.
Portrayal Service
Defines a standard interface for producing visual pictures from coverage data. CPS extends the WMS interface and uses the Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) language to support rendering of WCS coverages. provide visualization of geospatial information. Portrayal Services are components that, given one or more inputs, produce rendered outputs (e.g., cartographically portrayed maps, perspective views of terrain, annotated images, views of dynamically changing features in space and time, etc.). Examples include: Map Portrayal Services (MPS), Coverage Portrayal Services (CPS) and Mobile Presentation Services.
precision
Refers to the level of measurement and exactness of description in a GIS database. Precise locational data may measure position to a fraction of a unit. Precise attribute information may specify the characteristics of features in great detail. It is important to realize, however, that precise data - no matter how carefully measured - may be inaccurate. Surveyors may make mistakes or data may be entered into the database incorrectly. Therefore, a distinction is made between precision and accuracy.
presentation (map portrayal) service
A network-accessible service that portrays a map made up of a base map derived from any geospatial data and a set of ADT's as overlays.
process domain model
Data model that characterizes well-known, domain-specific business processes. These models capture business rules, policies, tasks, and procedures in the form of processing chains. Microsoft, IBM and others are collaborating on a standard methodology for online workflow and service chaining. When this standard stabilizes and emerges, organizations will start testing this technology and adapt it in a wide range of workflows. When that happens, many Process Domain Models will result.
processing services
OWS Services that operate on geospatial data and provide 'value-add' services for applications. They can transform, combine, or create data. Processing Services can be tightly or loosely coupled with other services, such as Data and Portrayal Services. Processing Services can be sequenced into a 'chain' of services to perform specialized processing in support of information production workflows and decision support. Examples include: Coordinate Transformation Services (CTS), Geocoder Services, Route Determination Services etc.
profile
A collection of standards, with parameters, options, classes, or subsets, necessary for building a complete computer system, application, or function. An implementation case of a more general standard or set of standards.
property
A facet or attribute or an object referenced by a name.
protocol
A set of semantic and syntactic rules that determine the behavior of entities that interact.
prototyping
In the context of the OGC Interoperability Program, prototyping refers to developing a new candidate standard interface, protocol, schema etc. for the purpose of learning about it and guiding future OpenGIS Specification development.
publish
In the context of OGC Web Services, just as non-spatial Web pages "publish" their contents - make them discoverable - through HTML, metadata, geodata and geoprocessing services servers publish their contents and capabilities through XML metadata contained in feature type registries, feature instance catalogs, and service registries.
publish, find, bind
In the context of Web Services, publish means to advertise data and services to a broker (such as registry, catalog or clearinghouse). A service provider contacts the service broker to publish (or unpublish) a service. A service provider typically publishes to the broker metadata describing its capabilities and network address. Find is used by service requestors to locate specific service types or instances. Service requestors describe the kinds of services they're looking for to the broker and the broker responds by delivering results that match the request. Service requestors typically use metadata published to the broker to find service providers of interest. Bind results after a service requestor and a service provider successfully negotiate so the requestor can access and invoke services of the provider. A service requestor typically uses service metadata provided by the broker to bind to a service provider. The service requestor can either use a proxy generator to generate the code that can bind to the service, or can use the service description to manually implement the binding before accessing that service.
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