Standards Working Groups


Download Charter documentModern simulations used for individual, crew, and collective training and mission rehearsal are increasingly networked together to compose rich federations of virtual and constructive simulations.  Standards have been previously developed and widely adopted for the network protocols and information exchanged in simulation federations, but the synthetic environment (including geospatial content) within which simulation learners are immersed has traditionally been locally generated

CRS Well Known Text SWG


2.    Purpose of this Standards Working Group (SWG)

The purpose of this Standards Working Group is to progress the Well Known Text (WKT) representation of Coordinate Reference System (CRS) definitions to the state of an adopted OGC standard and an  identical ISO International Standard. This will be achieved by processing comments received during the public comment period and ensuring that the standard is consistent with the OGC and ISO TC211 business plans. The work will be conducted jointly with ISO TC211.

3.    Scope of Work

ebXML RegRep SWG

ebXML RegRep SWG


Purpose of this Standards Working Group

The purpose of the OGC ebXML RegRep SWG is to develop an OGC standard defining an extension to OASIS ebXML RegRep supporting registration, management and retrieval of geospatial and related non-geospatial information items based on well-defined registration processes, such as defined in, but not restricted to ISO 19135.

GeoServices REST SWG

This SWG is focused on processing the OGC GeoServices REST 1.0 candidate standard.

This OGC GeoServices REST Candidate Standard Version 1.0 standard is derived from the “Esri GeoServices REST Specification Version 1.0” which was developed to provide interoperability between ArcGIS Server and the broader information technology community. The candidate standard is designed to be implemented without the use of Esri products. The OGC version differs from the Esri version in that it is presented in a vendor neutral fashion appropriate for an OGC standard. For example the names of the types have been changed. The specification currently provides a JSON encoding, but does not limit alternate JSON representations (such as GeoJSON ).

Catalogue Services 3.0 SWG

Catalogue Services 3.0 SWG

1. Purpose of the Standards Working Group

The purpose of this Standards Working Group is to process change requests to the Catalogue Services Version 2.0.2 corrigendum and publish it as a Version 3.0 implementation standard. The SWG will achieve this objective by evaluating and processing change requests received from the Catalogue Working Group members in support the objectives, audience, and scope described herein.


The goal for the OGC GeoSPARQL standard is to support representing and querying geospatial data on the Semantic Web. GeoSPARQL defines a vocabulary for representing geospatial data in RDF, and it defines an extension to the SPARQL query language for processing geospatial data.

The preliminary work on a draft of the candidate standard has been completed. As soon as possible, the SWG hopes to approve a 30 day Request for Comment for the candidate standard to the OGC Technical Committee and to the public. The resulting comments will guide the GeoSPARQL SWG in the finalization of the implementation standrrd, hopefully to be ready for a final standardization vote by OGC before the end of 2011.

Policy 1.0 SWG

2. Purpose of the Policy Standards Working Group

The Policy 1.0 SWG will write a standard to be adopted as a policy of the Open Geospatial Consortium that will enable structuring standards for ease of

1. organizing requirements within a standard,

2. writing an abstract test suite (ATS),

3. constructing compliance tests,