September 13, 2021

Announcement: Invitation to Participate in the October 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint

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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites software developers to the October 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint, to be held from October 26th to October 28th, 2021. Registration closes at 02:00am EDT on October 26th, 2021.

A pre-event webinar will also take place on October 19th at 09:00am EDT, and will outline the scope of work for the code sprint, and provide an overview of the candidate standards. 

The code sprint will offer an opportunity for joint discussion between participants on technical issues, requirements for Application Programming Interface (API) solutions and findings from the prototyping of OGC API standards. However, the majority of the time will be spent on collaboration between participants in active coding.

OGC has been developing a new generation of standards for building web API solutions that make location-referenced information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). These draft specifications come from OGC’s effort to create modular, resource-oriented API standards that use OpenAPI for describing interfaces that offer location-referenced information over the web. 

To ensure that all new OGC API standards are as developer-friendly, usable, and mature as possible before release, each draft specification is being put through one or more code sprints to test and improve their ‘readiness’ before starting the OGC standards approval process. 

An OGC Code Sprint is a collaborative and inclusive event driven by innovative and rapid programming with minimal process and organization constraints to support the development of new applications and candidate standards.

The October 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint will focus on the following draft OGC API specifications:

The goal of the October 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint will be to progress the specifications. The sprint will also help to identify issues and options for addressing those issues. 

  • The draft OGC API – Routes specification defines the behavior of a Web API that allows applications to request routes in a manner independent of the underlying routing data set, routing engine or algorithm. The API implements the draft Route Exchange Model (REM) and can be used to facilitate intelligent transport systems.
  • The draft OGC API – Discrete Global Grid Systems specification defines an API for accessing data organized according to a Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS). A DGGS is a spatial reference system that uses a hierarchical tessellation of cells to partition and address the globe. DGGS are characterized by the properties of their cell structure, geo-encoding, quantization strategy and associated mathematical functions.
  • The draft OGC API – Common specification describes the set of common practices and shared requirements that have emerged from the development of Resource Oriented Architectures and Web APIs within the OGC. The draft specification serves as a common foundation upon which all OGC APIs will be built. The draft specification establishes a common pattern that leverages the OpenAPI specification for describing APIs.

Registration for the October 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint and its associated Pre-event Webinar is available here. Registration closes at 02:00am EDT on October 26th , 2021. The event begins at 7:00am EDT on the first day, and ends at 05:30pm EDT on the last day. 

Call for Sponsors: OGC also invites organizations to sponsor the Code Sprint. A range of packages are available offering different opportunities for organizations to support the geospatial development community while promoting their products or services. If interested in sponsoring the code sprint, please contact the Standards Program at standards-team [at]

To learn more about the previous OGC code sprints, visit
For more information on OGC APIs visit or follow along at #OGCAPI. Information on all previous and upcoming OGC Sprints can be found on

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