2017 was an exciting year for OGC, welcoming our first Community Standards, as well as successful initiatives related to some of the geospatial industry's biggest growth areas.
In 2017, OGC's Innovation Program officially changed its name from the Interoperability Program and crossed the '100th initiative' milestone. In this time, I also came on as its new Executive Director.
The future of mapping is coming — or is it here already? With the advent of Indexed 3D Scene Layers (I3S) as a community standard, everyone stands to benefit.
It is an exciting time to be joining OGC as Director of Knowledge Management (DKM). One of the reasons why I am very excited about this is that geospatial interoperability standards are increasingly seen as the key ingredient for allowing much in society to be better understood.
An OGC GeoPackage is a portable database that may contain raster maps and imagery, vector features, and elevation data. GeoPackages are optimized for sharing and displaying these types of geospatial data on mobile mapping systems, and GeoPackage extensions may be developed to support additional types of geospatial data such as routing networks. This blog post will discuss what GeoPackage extensions are, how they are developed, and how they can provide new geospatial capabilities to meet the requirements of a diverse user base.
In 2016, the Marine DWG was established to provide a forum for discussion across marine topics and to link the OGC with other organizations in the field.
Metadata is critical for geospatial resource discovery, determination of fitness for purpose, and more, but the standards and guidelines regarding its use and upkeep require an update.
Dr Luis Bermudez talks about the new way that the OGC Validation Tools will be managed.
In a recent OGC Architecture Board (OAB) meeting, the GeoPackage 1.2 candidate standard was reviewed and the OAB reached a consensus that the candidate base standard is ready to be released to proceed to an approval vote in the OGC, but that the Elevation Extension does not yet meet the criteria. This is not a repudiation of the work done to date. Rather, the OAB recognizes that elevation content is of general interest to OGC and ISO standards and thus the work should be as broadly applicable as possible.