9 July 2013 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is seeking commentson the candidate OGC OWS Context Encoding Standard.  This standard iscomprised of three documents:

The OGC Web Services Context Document (OWS Context) standard was createdto allow a set of configured information resources (service set) to be passedbetween applications primarily as a collection of services. OWS Context is designedto support limited in-line content as well. The goal is to support use casessuch as the distribution of search results and the exchange of a set ofresources such as OGC Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Map Service (WMS), Web MapTile Service (WMTS), Web Coverage Service (WCS) and others in a ‘commonoperating picture' supporting situational awareness. Additionally OWS Contextcan deliver a set of configured processing services (Web Processing Service(WPS)) parameters to allow the processing to be reproduced on different nodes.

This initial call for comment is for two (2) OWS Context documents: AConceptual Model and the ATOM encoding for the conceptual model. The Conceptualmodel document describes the use cases, requirements, conceptual data model ofthe OWS Context encoding standard. The goal of the model is to provide acore model, which is extended and encoded as defined in extensions to thisstandard. A Context reference is a fully configured service set to be defined andconsistently interpreted by clients. The ATOM encoding is the first extensionof the core (conceptual model).

Please register your comments on this candidate standard at  http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/102. The OGC OWSContext Standards Working Group will consider all comments when preparing afinal draft of the candidate standard. The comment period ends 8 August 2013.

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