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OGC’s Marine Summit, Singapore: exploring the uses, challenges, and cutting-edge applications for geospatial data in the marine domain

  • Posted on: 26 March 2019
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OGC Marine DWG Co-chairs, Andy Hoggarth & Jonathan Pritchard

Trevor Taylor opens OGC's First Marine SummitDuring the recent OGC TC Meetings in Singapore, the OGC Marine Domain Working Group, in close cooperation with the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and Singapore’s Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore (MPA), organised the first OGC Marine Summit.
The purpose of the Summit was to: promote the value of interoperability and discoverability of marine spatial data (and MSDI); create awareness of data standards and applications applicable to marine data acquisition and use; explore the uses, challenges, and cutting-edge applications for geospatial data in the marine domain; and further the development of marine standards in both hydrographic and broader, non-hydrographic fields (e.g. ecology, energy, tourism, geology).

OGC’s 110th Technical Committee Meeting: Onwards, Standards!*

Trevor Taylor, Director, Member Services - Asia & the Americas, takes readers through all the exciting happenings from the recent OGC TC Meetings held in Singapore. The meeting was hosted by NUS, sponsored by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore (MPA), and included a special Monday evening reception sponsored by the UK Ordnance Survey. In addition to the many Working Group meetings, this TC Meeting featured OGC's First Marine Summit and an Integrated Digital Built Environment (IDBE) Summit, as well as a meeting of the OGC Asia Forum.

Tech Update 2019 Q1 from OGC CTO, George Percivall

OGC’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for developing OGC’s Technology Strategy and coordinating the strategy across all programs of the Consortium. Currently the main activities of the strategy relate to the OGC Architecture Board (OAB), OGC Technology Forecasting, and the evolution of the OGC Baseline. This column provides an update on those and related activities from the past three months.

OGC’s Charlotte TC Meeting: as it was, not just as it seemed*

Braving heavy snowfall, and overcoming subsequent flight delays, more than 140 key standards leaders from industry, academia, and government attended last week’s Technical Committee (TC) Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The meeting was hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This TC Meeting also featured an Energy Summit, a special IndoorGML-hosted open session, a wrap-up of the Environmental Linked Features Interoperability Experiment (ELFIE), and more.

OGC e-Learning: A New Program for Learning and Examinations for Individuals

With geospatial technologies becoming increasingly mainstream, there has been a growing need for OGC to provide a way for individuals to prove their expertise in the application of OGC standards. As such, OGC staff have been developing the infrastructure required to deliver an OGC e-Learning program that includes certification of successful completion of examinations that focus on OGC standards. Enrolment will begin on December 17, 2018.

GeoPackage Routing: Executing Advanced Analysis Offline

  • Posted on: 13 November 2018
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David Wilson, Strategic Alliance Consulting, Inc.

GeoPackage is often seen as a container that stores geospatial information, but at its core, GeoPackage is simply a SQLite database. This opens up a realm of possibilities to interact with and exploit its contents. We can incorporate advanced analysis into our data, or augment with other data types like basemaps, elevation, and other forms of media, all within the same package.

Usefully, GeoPackage can even accomplish offline Network Routing. Here's how.

OGC’s Stuttgart TC Meeting: more than understanding only train station*

After 7 years, an OGC Technical Committee (TC) meeting has again come to Germany, this time from the 10-13 September 2018 in Stuttgart - more or less the backyard I grew up in. More than 200 people attended our 108th TC Meeting, held at and hosted by the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HfT Stuttgart).  

The week saw the usual blend of excellent meetings, an Ice Breaker in the Student’s Bar Block 4, a Pub Quiz where you could check your knowledge about German and Stuttgart culture, politics, and trivia, as well as the Geospatially Interoperable Games and Simulations (GIGS) Summit, the SensorThings API Summit, the kick-off of the Citizen Science Interoperability Experiment, and the annual OGC Gardel’s Award presentation - this year’s recipient being Joan Masó from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CREAF).

10 successful years of the Hydrology Domain Working Group

  • Posted on: 1 October 2018
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Tony Boston, co-chair of the Hydrology Domain Working Group

In September 2018, the OGC/WMO Hydrology Domain Working Group (HDWG) held its ninth annual workshop marking ten years of successful collaboration between the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and OGC in hydrology and informatics. The working group has generated interoperability experiments, engineering reports, discussion papers, best practice documents, and four approved OGC standards - part of the WaterML2 suite. 

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