Wayland, MA, June 27, 2005 – The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC®) invites public comment on a candidate specification that will soon be presented for approval by OGC members as an OpenGIS® Implementation Specification. The OGC Document, “GML in JPEG 2000 for Geographic Imagery (GMLJP2) Implementation Specification,” is available for downloading from https://portal.ogc.org/files/?artifact_id=11418. Comments can be submitted to gmljp2-rfc@opengeospatial.org for a thirty day period ending July 27, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document.The Geography Markup Language (GML) is an XML grammar for the encoding of geographic information including geographic features, coverages, observations, topology, geometry, coordinate reference systems, units of measure, time, and value objects. JPEG 2000 is a wavelet based encoding for imagery that provides the ability to include XML data for description of the image within the JPEG 2000 data file. The “GML in JPEG 2000 for Geographic Imagery (GMLJP2) Implementation Specification” defines the OGC standard method of using GML within JPEG 2000 images for geographic imagery.The following organizations submitted the candidate specification to the OGC for consideration as a standard: Galdos Systems Inc.; LizardTech; European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC); DM Solutions Group Inc (DMSG); and the US Geological Survey (USGS) National Mapping Division. The submitting organizations were grateful for contributions from the following companies in the development and revision of this specification: BAE SYSTEMS – Information Systems Sector; Boeing S&IS Mission Systems; Intergraph Corporation; ITT Industries Space Systems Division; PCI Geomatics Inc.; SPOT Image (SPOT); and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 280 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org.”