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OGC Releases Java(R) Interface Standard for Geospatial Software

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Release Date: 
26 April 2011

26 April 2011 - The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership has voted to adopt the OGC GeoAPI 3.0 Interface Standard as an official OGC standard.

The GeoAPI standard provides a set of Java® language interfaces based on the ISO 19100 series of geospatial abstract models for metadata and feature geometry as well as two OGC Abstract Specifications for metadata and coordinate reference systems. In addition to producing this set of Java language interfaces, the OGC GeoAPI 3.0 Standards Working Group has produced a test suite through which developers implementing the Java interfaces can test their implementations.

The GeoAPI project emerges from the earlier OGC Geographic Objects effort and represents the collaborative effort of participants from various institutions and software communities. The GeoAPI standard provides a set of interfaces in the Java language to help software projects produce high quality geospatial software. This work does not cover all OGC standards.

The OGC GeoAPI 3.0 Interface Standard documents, including jars (Java archives) and schemas are available at (

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 415 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

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