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How it Went! The November 2021 Geospatial API Virtual Code Sprint

hands typing on computer keyboardFrom November 15-17, 2021, OGC and ISO/TC 211 jointly hosted the November 2021 Geospatial API Virtual Code Sprint. The code sprint focused on the refinement of the OGC API - Features Standard, and its ISO version ISO 19168, which offers the capability to serve, create, modify, and query spatial data on the Web. As a first for OGC, the Sprint used Discord to handle video, voice, and chat facilities, and additionally offered 'Mentor Streams' to support developers new to OGC API Standards.

This blog post outlines what happened at the Sprint, any lessons learnt, and how it will further refine the OGC API - Features/ISO 19168 Standards.

Towards a Cloud-Native Geospatial standards baseline

  • Posted on: 3 December 2021
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Chris Holmes, OGC Visiting Fellow

Photo of clouds overlaid with the text 'Towards a Cloud Native OGC - Part 2: The Required Standards'In his previous post, Chris Holmes laid out the vision for Cloud-Native Geospatial. With this next post, he gets into the details of what is needed, laying out the key areas where foundational standards are needed, and then surveying the current status of each area. 
The existing technologies and Standards range from quite well-established to quite speculative, but all are eminently achievable. Chris then takes a 'deep dive' into the area that he ended up focusing on the most during his time as OGC Visiting Fellow these last few months.

Hexagon on the value of collaboration, Standards, and OGC Membership

Hexagon’s long-time support of OGC and our Standards, including our family of OGC APIs, has enabled the Company to learn from, collaborate with, and support the broader geospatial community, while also improving their product offering and being one of the first to market with support for the latest generation of geospatial standards.

Simon Chester talked with Stan Tillman, Executive Manager, Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial Division, about the value that participating in the OGC Community has brought them, including being one of the first to market with support for the new OGC API Standards.

Towards a Cloud-Native OGC

  • Posted on: 1 December 2021
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Chris Holmes, OGC Visiting Fellow

Towards a cloud native OGCChris Holmes reflects on his time as OGC's first Visiting Fellow, and outlines his vision of 'Cloud-Native Geospatial' by addressing the question  ‘What would geospatial standards look like if they were built for the cloud?’

Chris has taken the time to look at the entire geospatial landscape and the potential for OGC to play the key leadership role in making the Cloud-Native Geospatial vision a reality. 

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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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”.

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