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?  

Apps with GeoPackage introduced in DARPA TransApps program

The DARPA Transformative Apps program, or TransApps, is developing a diverse array of militarily-relevant software apps using an innovative new development and acquisition process.  A military apps marketplace will be created to enable rapid innovation to meet user needs based on a direct collaboration between a vibrant and highly competitive development community and involved communities of end-users.  The objectives are to transition the resulting systems to end-users in the Services and to foster a new model for rapidly and effectively acquiring, introducing, maintaining and enhancing

Remembering Cliff Kottman

As we celebrate OGC’s 20 year anniversary, with great sadness we learned that Cliff Kottman passed on Wednesday 26 March 2014 after a long illness. Cliff was brilliant, creative, deeply analytic and just as wise and sensitive to others as he was smart. He was a great teacher. Even before the OGC came into existence, he contributed to the development of the OGC vision, and he had the ability to put the rather complex vision of geospatial interoperability in easy to understand terms.  Those who remember Cliff may recall his many white papers on the subject and his famous

Successful GeoPackage Webinar follows GeoPackage Launch

Last week's GeoPackage Webinar, produced by Directions Media, drew 940 registrants, and 406 of these attended live. In a questionnaire, most of the registered geospatial information managers, developers and practitioners surveyed reported that they plan to use software that implements the OGC GeoPackage Standard that was first announced last month.

OGC I15 (ISO19115 Metadata) Extension Package of the OGC Catalogue Services 2.0 (CS-W) ebRIM Profile

  • Posted on: 26 February 2014
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Dr. Uwe Voges

The OGC Catalogue Services (OGC CS) Standard establishes a general framework for implementing geospatial catalogue services that can be applied to meet the needs of stakeholders in a wide variety of domains.

OGC Temporal Domain Working Group ponders difficult requirements

  • Posted on: 21 February 2014
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Chris Little

Suppose you are interested in displaying, or processing, international historical data from some period in the last few centuries using OGC Map Services or other standards. Scanning the available data, you or volunteers or legions of underpaid students have extracted some interesting series of data. And you realise that some of the data is labelled 10, 11, 12 or even 13 days out. This is because various countries switched their calendars from the Julian calendar, established by the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar, to the

OGC Activities and Mobile Industry Trends

  • Posted on: 4 February 2014
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Christine Perey

As readers of this blog are frequently reminded, spatial data is increasingly mobile. To remain highly relevant to users, OGC standards must take into account mobile network and platform/device strengths and limitations. As a result of several overarching OGC activities initiated back in 2011, and the contribution of its members, OGC’s standards are increasingly implemented on and designed to serve mobile platform users. Looking ahead, the OGC’s standards and value proposition are