30 October 2013 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks final“last-call” public comments on the current draft of the candidate OGCGeoPackage (GPKG) Encoding Standard. The GPKG Standards Working Group (SWG) willconsider all submitted comments for minor and editorial changes when theyprepare a final draft of the GeoPackage Standard.

The candidate OGCGeoPackage Encoding Standard provides an open, non-proprietary, platform-independent SQLite container for distribution and direct use ofall kinds of geospatial data, including vector features and tile matrixsets.  GeoPackage can be used by mobile deviceusers who require geospatial application services and associated data indisconnected or limited network connectivity environments where open, sharable geospatialdata to support their applications is frequently unavailable. GeoPackagesupports applications that involve creation of geospatial data products inenterprise computing environments, data product distribution to other computingenvironments, mobile workforce data capture and updates, and volunteeredgeographic information.

The GeoPackage and therelated GPKG SQLite Configuration and GPKG SQLite Extension API will increasethe cross-platform interoperability of geospatial applications and web servicesin the mobile world.  Standard configurationand APIs for access and management of GeoPackage data will provide consistentquery and update results across such applications and services. 

All OGC standards are free and publicly available. The candidate OGCGeoPackage Encoding Standard can be downloaded from http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/115.

OGC will also release the candidate OGC GeoPackage (GPKG) EncodingStandard on GitHub, aweb-based hosting service for software development projects, on 1 November2013.  See http://opengis.github.io/geopackage/.

The GeoPackage SWG will consider change requests for the candidateGeoPackage Standard that have been posted through 8 November 2013.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 475 companies,government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating ina consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGCStandards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web,wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empowertechnology developers to make geospatial information and services accessibleand useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visitthe OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.