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OGC & International Women's Day 2020

Diversity, as a topic, has frequently appeared on the agendas of industry events for years now. OGC is conscious that there is still much work to be done to increase diversity and inclusion, but, with last Sunday being International Women’s Day, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect upon and highlight some of the activities that OGC staff have been involved in with regard to the issues that women still face in the spatial and related industries - while also remaining aware that diversity is much more than just gender equality.

Being open, diverse, inclusive, and accessible are parts of OGC’s core values. As such, OGC has long been a champion for diversity in the industry. Over the years, OGC Staff have participated in a variety of meetings, sessions, and panel discussions organised at industry events by organizations such as the Women in Geospatial+ and GeoChicas networks, among others.

Addressing Urban Revitalization challenges in Japan with OGC standards

  • Posted on: 28 February 2020
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Contributed by: 
i-Urban Exchange Conference 2020 Secretariat and Scott Simmons

To this end, two “Ideathons” were organized to link the national ambitions with the local interest in successfully adapting their urban settings to changing demographics. The first Ideathon was held 3–4 October, 2019, in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan with more than 20 participants discussing requirements for, and uses of, the Urban Planning ADE.

But things got really exciting from 12–14 February, 2020, when the second Ideathon was held. More than 310 people in total attended this Ideathon to share their experiences in use of the Urban Planning ADE, OGC KML, and citizen engagement. Participants discussed how to use Urban Planning ADE based on various cases and confirmed its effectiveness from the perspectives of land use, disaster prevention, and co-creation of urban plans with citizens.

ESIP/OGC Coverage Processing Sprint Results

  • Posted on: 21 February 2020
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George Percivall, Annie Burgess, Ingo Simonis

Opening session of the ESIP/OGC Coverage and Processing Analytics API SprintA joint OGC / ESIP Coverage and Processing Analytics API development sprint was held on January 6-7, 2020. The Sprint was held in conjunction with the ESIP Winter Meeting. This sprint builds on the OGC API Hackathon in June 2019, and the OGC API Features and Catalogues Sprint in November 2019. The ESIP/OGC sprint focused on OGC API-Coverages, API-Processes, and API-Common as part of the overall development of OGC APIs.

OGC holds productive OGC India Forum meeting

  • Posted on: 21 January 2020
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Nadine Alameh and M.K. Munshi

As part of the GeoSmart India event in Hyderabad, India, last December, Dr. M.K. Munshi organised an OGC India Forum meeting. The forum theme centered around the integration of smart systems into national development and government goals through the use of open standards, innovation processes, and partnerships.

URBAN GEO BIG DATA project

  • Posted on: 31 October 2019
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Candan Eylül Kilsedar, PhD student and research fellow at Politecnico di Milano

Communicating research outputs to scientists, public and private sector administrators, and citizens regarding various real-world phenomena using dynamic, interactive, and understandable visual interfaces is essential for effective decision-making.

The URBAN GEOmatics for Bulk Information Generation, Data Assessment and Technology Awareness (URBAN GEO BIG DATA) is a 3D visualization project built on OGC Standards and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS.).

Make it Real - the Convergence of GEOINT and M&S Tradecraft

  • Posted on: 23 October 2019
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Stuart Blundell, Presagis

It is said that timing is everything in life, love and technical innovation.

I am reminded of that truism as the GEOINT community evaluates the state of its analytic tradecraft readiness in the context of the Fourth Generation of Intelligence. An era marked by widely divergent threats, converging information systems, persistent GEOINT leveraging multi-INT sources and the adoption of new analytical methods such as Activity Based Intelligence (ABI) and Object Based Production (OBP). In parallel with these advances in tradecraft, the geospatial Modeling and Simulation (M&S) community is pressing forward with its own new requirements from the Special Operations Forces (SOF) to deliver real-world 3D geo-specific terrain databases compatible with gaming systems technology.

A Cure for Global Health – Build an SDI

  • Posted on: 15 October 2019
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Ajay K Gupta, CISSP, MBA CEO, HSR & OGC Health DWG Chair. Health IT, Cybersecurity Expert & Sports aficionado

OGC Health Domain Working Group Chair, Ajay K Gupta, discusses the merits of a Health Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) ahead of the publication of OGC's White Paper on the topic. 

For much time now, the OGC Health DWG has been working on a white paper to communicate to the health and geospatial communities the value that a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) can bring to healthcare – and to encourage the development of such a resource for the global community - as SDI can be a platform to aid efforts to achieve healthcare’s twin goals of improving quality while reducing costs.

Misaligned maps? High-accuracy data must become time-dependent

  • Posted on: 21 August 2019
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Joel Haasdyk & Cameron Shorter

Current web-mapping implementations are compromising datum modernisation programs by introducing metre-level misalignments of data. It is the start of a suite of high-accuracy and time-dependent mapping challenges the world is about to face.

While web-mapping has worked ‘well enough’ to date, it cannot support the high-accuracy requirements expected by modern users and data. It is hampered by the ambiguity inherent in the practical application of WGS84 as used by the Web Mercator projection, and lack of care with the recording and use of time metadata.

Your input is requested to help reach a solution.

Open Portrayal Framework: Sharing Styles and Updating Tiles for a New Generation of Maps

  • Posted on: 8 August 2019
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Contributed by: 
Jeff Harrison (US Army Geospatial Center) & Martin Klopfer (OGC)

The Open Portrayal Framework in OGC Testbed 15 is developing a conceptual model for styles together with a series of new APIs for styles, images, maps and tiles handling.
In the Open Portrayal Framework, a style is an encoding with essential information about itself, e.g. title, abstract description of the style, a thumbnail, and information about the data it can be applied to. These metadata elements allow users to share, discover, select, and apply a style. A style further contains a sequence of rules or instructions that define how mapping engines shall render vector or raster data or, in OGC speak, features and coverages.

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