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Urban Digital Twins - Planning the Cities of Tomorrow

The Location Powers Report Preamble: Smarter cities through the use of digital twinsOn January 12-14, 2021, OGC held the Location Powers: Urban Digital Twins virtual summit. The summit brought industry, research, and government experts from across the globe together into an interactive discussion that assessed the current “state of the art” of Urban Digital Twins and produced recommendations for future technology research, innovation, and standards development in support of urban digital twins that adhere to the FAIR data principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability.  

Bringing STAC into OGC

  • Posted on: 20 January 2021
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Scott Simmons & Chris Holmes

Bringing STAC into OGCSince their beginning, the SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC) specification and OGC API - Features have been evolving together and continually aligning. This post explains the relationship between STAC, OGC API - Features, and OGC itself.

Building an Interoperable Routing Engine (Part 2)

  • Posted on: 21 December 2020
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Ignacio "Nacho" Correas, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Skymantics

OGC Skymantics Routing blog bannerAs part of OGC's Open Routing API Pilot, participants developed an API that allowed requests for routes from different users in an interoperable and standardized way via Web protocols. In this second of a series of blog posts, Ignacio "Nacho" Correas, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Skymantics, offers some tips and best practices for creating an interoperable routing engine.

A New Look for the Portrayal of Geospatial Information

  • Posted on: 16 October 2020
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Matt Sorenson, Strategic Alliance Consulting, Inc.

Banner for blog post on the open portrayal framework and symcore standardTogether, the Open Portrayal Framework and the SymCore standard define a modern and modular approach to portrayal based on the intent to have many extensions from a common conceptual model and many encodings of those extensions. With this approach, a common symbology definition can be implemented in multiple encodings and easily shared by multiple clients to provide similar visualization effects to different users. The OPF helps to define a seamless online and offline experience that incorporates emerging OGC APIs for enhanced sharing of features and coverage data, images, and tiles for networked users and GeoPackages for disadvantaged and disconnected users.

Cross-domain Glossary Management Pilot

  • Posted on: 16 September 2020
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Ankita Tripathi and Cameron Shorter

Glossaries are easy to set up for simple examples but extremely hard to scale - especially when a project wants to inherit terms from other organizations. Ankita Tripathi and Cameron Shorter explain a new pilot to address cross-domain management of glossaries.

Contributors are coming from the tech writing community, OGC, ISO/TC 211 Terminology Maintenance Group (TMG), and OSGeo projects. Hopefully, OGC members will stand up to glossaries too.

We Remember with fondness the incredible life and contributions of Lance McKee

  • Posted on: 10 September 2020
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Mark Reichardt and David Schell

Remembering Lance McKeeThe OGC family has lost a cherished friend and impassioned supporter of the use of location information and open standards for good. We recently learned of Lance McKee’s passing from his daughter Caitlin. He died peacefully at the age of 72 from a chronic illness. His intellect, kindness, and compassion for the OGC vision and mission, and the use of location information to improve our society and environment, has left a deep imprint on the OGC and each of us who had the privilege of knowing him.

Building an Interoperable Routing Engine (Part 1)

  • Posted on: 24 July 2020
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Ignacio "Nacho" Correas, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Skymantics

Building an Interoperable Routing Engine: Part 1As part of OGC's Open Routing API Pilot, participants developed an API that allowed requests for routes from different users in an interoperable and standardized way via Web protocols. In this first of a series of blog posts, Ignacio "Nacho" Correas, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Skymantics, summarizes Skymantics’ experiences and findings in building an interoperable routing engine using OGC standards. 

The OGC Environmental Data Retrieval API: simple access to big data

  • Posted on: 18 May 2020
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Steve Olson, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and OGC Meteorology & Oceanography DWG Chair

Another step towards the creation of the OGC Environmental Data Retrieval (EDR) API Standard has been completed: the successful testing of some of the API’s capabilities during the OGC Environmental Data Retrieval API Sprint. The virtual event was held from March 18-20, 2020. A final report detailing the EDR API Sprint is now available on GitHub.

But what is the upcoming EDR API? And how does it improve and simplify access to 'big data'?

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.

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