22 May 2014 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) Membershipseeks public comment on a new version of the OGC Catalogue Service interfacestandard. This standard specifies a design pattern for defining interfaces topublish and search collections of descriptive information (metadata) aboutgeospatial data, services and related information objects.

There are three documents being considered. The firstdocument defines the General Model for a catalogue service. The General Modelis technology neutral. Therefore, the second document describes the rules for deployinga Catalogue Service in the HTTP environment, also known as Catalogue Servicefor the Web, or CS-W. The third document contains a detailed Abstract Test Suitefor conformance classes described in the CS-W document. The main changes fromversion 2.0.2 include the migration to a fully stateless model,removal/deprecation of the Z39.50 and CORBA bindings, inclusion of OpenSearchcompatibility, and support for the OGC modular specification approach forspecifying requirements and conformance classes.

The new version of the candidate OGC Catalogue Serviceinterface standard is available for comment at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/121.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 475companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universitiesparticipating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatialstandards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that”geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, andmainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatialinformation and services accessible and useful with any application that needsto be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.