Wayland, Mass., 15 March, 2010 – The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) seeks public comment on the draft OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) Common Encoding Standard Version 2.0.  The SWE Common standard provides a common data encoding that is used throughout the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards suite. More precisely, the SWE Common model is used to define the representation, nature, structure and encoding of sensor related data.

This model is used for describing static data (files) as well as dynamically generated datasets (on-the-fly processing), data subsets, process and web service inputs and outputs and real time streaming data. All categories of sensor observations are in scope ranging from simple in-situ temperature data to satellite imagery and full motion video streamed out of an aircraft.

The SWE Common language is an XML implementation of this model and is used by other existing OGC® Sensor Web Enablement standards such as Sensor Model Language (SensorML), Sensor Observation Service (SOS), Sensor Alert Service (SAS) and Sensor Planning Service (SPS).

The proposed OGC SWE Common 2.0 standard and information on submitting comments on this document are available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/63 .  The public comment period closes on 14 April 2010.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 390 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 .