19 July 2012. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC GeoServices REST API standard. The GeoServices REST Application Programming Interface (API) provides a standard way for web clients to communicate with geospatial technologies, such as Geographic Information System (GIS) servers, based on Representational State Transfer (REST) principles.
In early 2011, Esri contacted the Open Geospatial Consortium about submitting the GeoServices Rest API as a candidate OGC standard. This submission was approved through the OGC process and then a Standards Working Group (SWG), composed of many OGC members, performed a detailed review and rewrote the API as an OGC interface standard, removing Esri-specific software references. The OGC's adoption of this candidate standard will provide the wider Web developer community with additional standards-based choices for leveraging geospatial information.
The candidate OGC GeoServices REST API standard documents are available for review and comment at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/89.
The closing date for comments will be 18 August 2012.
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 445 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.