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OGC and buildingSMART International developing InfraGML, a new standard for land and infrastructure information

  • Posted on: 2 September 2014
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Paul Scarponcini

LandXML is a non-proprietary XML (eXtensible Mark-up Language) data file format containing civil engineering and survey measurement data commonly used in the Land Development and Transportation Industries.  The LandXML user community consists of over 650 organizations with 750 members in over 40 countries and the standard is supported by over 70 registered software products.  

Increasing Data Value for Consumer Needs

  • Posted on: 2 July 2014
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Matt Beare

It was 2008 when I first ventured into the world of INSPIRE; the European data sharing initiative for improved policy making on environmental matters, which affects all public sector organisations that collect, maintain, publish and use location-based environmental data. Mindful of the many challenges facing organisations that wish to share data and communicate information more effectively, I was immediately aware of the ambitious,

PolarHub: NSF-sponsored global hub for OGC Web Service discoverability and accessibility!

  • Posted on: 17 June 2014
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Dr. Wenwen Li, Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

The PolarHub team at the Arizona State University has launched a large-scale web crawler, PolarHub 1.0, to support the intelligent perception and discovery of distributed OGC web services on the ever-expanding World Wide Web. PolarHub introduces innovative web mining techniques to enable a scalable, sustainable, collaborative, and interactive platform for active discovery of OGC web services. As we are entering the era of big (geo) data, PolarHub becomes a new "surfboard" on this data deluge to support insightful geospatial data acquisition and analytics.

News from the ILAF Forum - Hablas Español? Novedades del ILAF

ILAF, the OGC Iberian and Latin-American Forum, was chartered in 2010 and it has been a vital channel for communication between the OGC and the Spanish-speaking world.

The Forum is run by two chair persons from Spain, Joan Maso and Joan Capdevilla, both have been active over the last years and helped spread the word about the use of OGC standards in the community. Joan Capdevilla is now stepping down as co-chair because he is changing jobs.

Finding OGC WMS, WFS, WCS services

In April, Mike Botts, Botts Innovative Research, Inc. posed a deceptively simple question to an OGC discussion list:  “How does one find existing services that implement OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) interface standards these days?”   In response to such a fundamental question came an outpouring of responses on the many ways to find OGC services. How many services do you think were identified?  

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