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OGC invites developers to a virtual Code Sprint to refine the upcoming OGC API - EDR standard


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Release Date: 
26 October 2020

The OGC API - Environmental Data Retrieval (EDR) candidate standard enables end-users to easily identify and retrieve a subset of data from ‘big data’ stores

Banner for OGC API EDR Sprint number 2

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites developers to its next virtual Code Sprint, which will focus on refining the OGC API - Environmental Data Retrieval candidate standard. The OGC API - EDR Sprint 2 virtual event will be held on November 9-10, 2020, from 9:00am 5:30pm US Eastern. Registration for the OGC API - EDR Sprint #2 and a pre-event Webinar is here.

An OGC Sprint is a collaborative and inclusive event driven by innovative and rapid programming with minimal process and organization constraints to support the development of new applications and candidate standards.

A pre-event webinar will take place on November 4, 2020 at 9:00am US Eastern. The webinar will set out the scope of the code sprint and provide an overview of the candidate standard.

OGC has been developing a new generation of standards for building web APIs that make location-referenced information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperabile, and Reusable (FAIR). These draft specifications come from OGC’s effort to create modular, resource-oriented API standards that use OpenAPI for describing interfaces that offer location-referenced information over the web. 

To ensure that all of the new OGC API standards are as developer-friendly, usable, and mature as possible before release, each draft specification is being put through one or more Code Sprints to test and improve their ‘readiness’ before starting the OGC standards approval process.

The OGC API - Environmental Data Retrieval (EDR) candidate standard uses current web technologies and best practices to enable end-users - or anyone with web development experience - to easily identify and retrieve a subset of data from ‘big data’ stores. The idea is to save those users interested in environmental (or other) data from having to transfer and deal with datasets that inevitably contain data concerning areas or time periods that are irrelevant to their interests. 

A major objective of this second OGC API - EDR Sprint is to enable full interoperability of all existing, and new, client and server implementations that support the OGC API – EDR candidate standard. All participation will be remote, through web-conferencing services provided by OGC.

There will be an opportunity for joint discussion with all participants on the goals and objectives of the event, as well as the final briefing of findings and opinions of the participants. However, the majority of the time will be spent in collaboration between participants in active coding.

To learn more about the previous OGC API - EDR Sprint, as well as a refresher on the draft standard itself, read the post entitled The OGC Environmental Data Retrieval API: simple access to big data on the OGC blog.

Registration for the OGC API - EDR Sprint and its associated Pre-event Webinar is here. Registration closes at 9:00am US Eastern on November 8, 2020. For more information on OGC APIs visit or follow along at #OGCAPI. Information on all upcoming OGC Sprints can be found on

About OGC
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.
OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty free, publicly available geospatial standards. Existing at the cutting edge, OGC actively analyzes and anticipates emerging tech trends, and runs an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) lab that builds and tests innovative prototype solutions to members' use cases.
OGC members together form a global forum of experts and communities that use location to connect people with technology and improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating a sustainable future for us, our children, and future generations.
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