The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites developers to the 2024 OGC API – Coverages Virtual Code Sprint, to be held February 13-15, 2024. Registration is free and open to the public.

The Sprint will focus on refining the OGC API – Coverages – Part 1: Core candidate Standard. OGC API – Coverages enables clients to efficiently retrieve a subset of spatiotemporal data for a given time, area, and resolution of interest through a simple Web API. 

Typically, this data is returned in a gridded format such as netCDF, GeoTIFF, CoverageJSON, or CIS JSON, although this also extends to other coverage data types, such as point clouds in e.g. LAS/LASZip format, or tiled coverage data. The candidate Standard also supports the listing and retrieving of data and metadata for individual scenes making up a coverage.

Example types of coverages, sometimes called GeoDataCubes, include weather and climate datasets, Earth Observation time series, static environmental data such as digital elevation models, land cover classification, and point clouds obtained from LiDAR capture or photogrammetry. Furthermore, in recent OGC activities, the development of a proposed GeoDataCube API Standard has leveraged OGC API – Coverages as a Core foundation for data access. 

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

During the virtual code sprint, there will be an opportunity for joint discussion with all participants on the goals and objectives of the event, as well as the final briefing of findings and opinions of the participants. However, the majority of the time will be spent in collaboration between participants in active coding. 

To learn more about how the family of OGC API Standards work together to provide modular “building blocks for location” that address both simple and the most complex use-cases, visit For more technical information about OGC Standards, including how to get started, links to each Standards’ GitHub page, official Standards documents, compliance, and more, visit

The Sprint will take place on GoToMeeting and Discord platforms from 8:00am to 6:30pm (US Eastern) each day from February 13-15, 2024. 

For more information on the Sprint, including objectives, agenda, and registration, visit the February 2024 OGC API ‐ Coverages Virtual Code Sprint wiki page on GitHub. Information on other OGC Sprints or events for developers can be found on the OGC Developer Events wiki on GitHub.


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