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OGRS discussion to focus on Standards and Research

  • Posted on: 3 October 2012
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Olivier Ertz, Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium (OGRS) is a meeting dedicated to sharing knowledge, new solutions, methods, practices, ideas and trends in the field of geospatial information through the development and the use of free and open source software in both research and education. The second edition of the symposium, OGRS 2012, will take place from 24th to 26th October 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. In keynote talks, regular presentations, workshops, discussion groups and a poster session with short presentations, the

Report from a Crowd Sourcing Event at Woodrow Wilson International Center

Last week I attended the workshop “Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This was my first meeting I have attended that was fully dedicated to the discussion of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). Lea Shanley, director of the Commons Lab, brought together top-notch panelists (see agenda) from government, university and industry. A great variety of topics were

First Nordic Forum Interoperability Day 2012 - a Success!

  • Posted on: 7 September 2012
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Jari Reini, National Land Survey of Finland

The first ever OGC Nordic Interoperability Day was organized by OGC Nordic Forum together with ULI Geoforum, Sweden's national association for geographic information and GIS [0]. The event took place last week in Stockholm, Sweden and it was a big success, with over 70 participants from the Nordic countries together with guests from abroad. The full day event included presentations from OGC staff and  Nordic OGC members focusing on how to achieve interoperability of Geographic Information systems, services and content using OGC standards.

OGC participating in 2012 Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference – Part 2

I attended the second day at the 2012 Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference, at NOAA in Silver Spring (See Nadine's related blog here). The first three talks were focused on semantics. Then my colleague Nadine Alameh gave a rich multimedia overview (70 Mb presentation) about OGC and OGC Web Services activities (OWS). I talked about the semantic work being advanced in OWS.

Geonovum shows how to model an Application Domain Extension of CityGML in UML

  • Posted on: 28 August 2012
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Linda van den Brink, Geonovum

Geonovum, Netherlands has the task to provide better access to geo-information in the public sector. To fulfil this task, we at Geonovum develop and manage the required geo-standards. Of course we base our geo-standards on the international ISO and OGC geo-standards. 

Learning from CleanSeaNet

  • Posted on: 23 August 2012
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Gianluca Luraschi, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

A near-real-time maritime operational spatial data service for oil spill and vessel detection
 
In the last decade, national and international public organizations have set up various geospatial services to monitor and understand safety, security and environmental issues. The availability of observation data and information at the right moment and with the right quality is crucial for managing these issues.
 

Is the OGC playing with Linked Data?

Linked Data is about enabling computers to search structured information about “things” over the web. The linking methodology is based on the following Semantic Web principles:

1) Things are uniquely identified using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs).

2) Use HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) URIs, to make those things accessible by computer programs.

3) The knowledge of things is expressed using the W3C Resource Description Framework (RDF) and queried via SPARQL.

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