OGC seeks public comment on draft charter for new Environmental Data Retrieval API Standards Working Group
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on the draft charter for the new Environmental Data Retrieval API Standards Working Group (SWG).
The Environmental Data Retrieval API SWG will standardize some APIs, defined with OpenAPI Version 3, to retrieve various common data patterns from a data store.
Much environmental data is truly 'Big Data', in that it cannot be readily copied and distributed in sensible timescales for many uses. By specifying precisely just the data required in a convenient pattern familiar to the user, a service provider can extract and serve the requested data, simplifying access for the user, and hiding the service implementation details, while being scalable both in terms of the underlying data volumes and the number of supported simultaneous users.
Using stable, standardized, service APIs based on simple data retrieval patterns will improve the access and use of data and information across different domains, including geospatial, facilitating more innovation and value.
A goal of the SWG is that these standardized APIs will be consistent with the strategic direction established by OGC members for OGC API standards, such as OGC API - Features and the future OGC API - Common.
The service APIs will support both traditional and cloud-based approaches to computing and also enable a mix of public and private business models on a 'level playing field'. For example, no one country is capable of supplying weather forecast data at the highest useful resolutions for the whole globe, so a distributed scalable approach is essential, enabling both advanced countries and the Least Developed Countries to contribute to global strategic initiatives of sustainability and development.
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