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INSPIRE and OGC APIs - Part 1: Modernising INSPIRE

Satellite image of Europe14 years after its creation - and at a time when the need for sustainable development is greater than ever - INSPIRE has evolved to continue to provide accessible and interoperable geospatial data to the European community and beyond.

And, thanks to INSPIRE’s growing support of the OGC API Family of standards, stakeholders can access and publish it in a manner that has grown simpler and more useful over time.

Esri’s ArcGIS enables thousands of datasets, maps, and apps for location

  • Posted on: 4 November 2021
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Adam Martin, Esri, Jonathan Fath, OGC

Open standards aren’t just about efficiency. They allow organizations across the globe to share information effectively and securely, and can provide much needed security for data. Standards provide governments and industry alike the ability to use tons of data for a range of use cases from citizen science to Defense and Intelligence and disaster relief. 

Paving the way forward for Building Energy Mapping and Analytics

  • Posted on: 27 October 2021
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Eddie Oldfield, Senior Lead, Projects & Advisory Services, QUEST; Jessica Webster, Energy Planning Analyst, Natural Resources Canada; and Ryan Ahola, Environmental Scientist, Natural Resources Canada

thumbnailThe Building Energy Mapping and Analytics Concept Development Study (BEMA-CDS) sought to characterize the state of development of energy mapping and analytics for building stock broadly and to inform IT architectural practices and standards to enable mapping and analytics, specifically of residential energy use and efficiency.  

To complement the recent publication of the detailed report documenting the study, Eddie Oldfield, Jessica Webster, and Ryan Ahola provide here a quick overview of the study and its major findings.

A User-centric Approach to Data Cubes

Thumbnail illustrating a stylised data cubeIn late April 2021, OGC and GEO ran the 'Towards Data Cube Interoperability' workshop, which invited data cube experts from across the globe. Results from the workshop underscored the need for a ‘user centric’ API-based approach to accessing data cubes that exposes not only the data available to the user, but also the processing algorithms that can be run on it - and allow the user to add their own.

With the recent release of the Workshop Report, this blog post serves to provide an overview of some of the outcomes from the day, as well as provide a look towards OGC's path to data cube interoperability.

Major revision of the Geospatial Information Management Standards Guide endorsed by United Nations member nations

  • Posted on: 28 September 2021
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Contributed by: 
Mark Reichardt

At the Eleventh Session of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Committee of Experts, member nations endorsed a key revision of the UN-GGIM Guide to the Role of Standards in Geospatial Information Management. Happening in late August 2021, the goal of the Guide is to “provide detailed insights on the standards and good practices necessary to establish and maintain geospatial information management systems that are compatible and interoperable with other systems within and across organizations. The Guide also underscores the importance of standards in facilitating the application of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data principles - promoting improved policymaking, decision making and government effectiveness in addressing key social, economic, and environmental topics, including attainment of Sustainable Development Goals”.

Three reasons why New Space is valuable to the location community - and vice-versa

Powering solutions that address global problems is one of the drivers behind OGC’s efforts to simplify data integration, and New Space, as an emerging domain, is simultaneously offering exciting solutions while creating integration challenges. The topic remains a point of discussion across the location community, as well as at OGC Member Meetings, often revealing many questions.

“How’s the weather up there?” OGC APIs deliver real-time and archived weather, climate, and water datasets for Canada

A long-time user and supporter of OGC standards, the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), a division of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is Canada’s authoritative source for severe-weather alerts and weather, water, ice, and climate data.

One of the nation’s oldest government institutions, MSC is also one to keep up with the times, using the latest technologies in its quest to help Canadians make informed decisions about their health and safety and economic prosperity. One such example is the MSC GeoMet API platform, which, through the use of OGC API and other OGC standards, allows users to freely and quickly access thousands of real-time and archived weather, climate, and water datasets and products and integrate them in their domain-specific applications and decision support systems.

Reflecting on the May 2021 OGC API Code Sprint

Thumbnail: Reflecting on the May 2021 OGC API Code Sprint - Advancing OGC APIs for Maps, Tiles, & StylesAPIs have proven to be a popular and very effective enabler of rapid software development. This is more so in web mapping, where a combination of cartographic and software development skills is often needed to create maps for a global user base. As part of OGC’s on-going development of the OGC API suite of standards, OGC has been holding a series of Code Sprints. As part of this series, the May 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint was conducted May 26–28, 2021.

With Ordnance Survey (OS) as Gold-level Sponsor and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as Silver-level Sponsor, the code sprint sought to progress the development of the draft OGC API standards for Maps, Tiles, and Styles. The sprint also sought to identify issues as well as options for addressing them.

Evolving Geospatial Technologies Through OGC's Testbed-17

When it comes to evolving a technology or standard over multiple decades, the struggle is real. As time changes, so do requirements, use cases, and the need for scalability. What was once a centerpiece to a core infrastructure or service can become dated months after the solution’s release. This problem affects all domains and industries, especially when it comes to geospatial, or location information. It often feels like there is no one group of organizations looking at the big picture.

Disrupting, Growing, Evolving Location Five Ways Startups Grow Their Impact at OGC

Over the course of the last two decades technology has made incredible strides in both scalability, and accessibility creating a new landscape for innovation. Small businesses became more and more agile, being able to provide competitive services, and partner with big industry and government to deliver major benefits, oftentimes through innovation, and with the recent big boom in location technology, geospatial is not an exception.

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