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Developers Invited To The July 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint


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Release Date: 
17 June 2021

Next OGC API Code Sprint will further advance OGC API - Processes, - Coverages, and - Records.

Developers are invited to the next OGC API Code Sprint held July 21-23, 2021

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites software developers to the July 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint, to be held 21-23 July, 2021. Registration closes 21st July, 2021, but it is recommended for participants to also attend the pre-event webinar on July 14. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

OGC has been developing a new generation of standards for building web API solutions that make location-referenced information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, 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.

An OGC Code 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.

The July 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint will focus on the following draft OGC API specifications:

  • OGC API - Processes
  • OGC API - Coverages
  • OGC API - Records

The goal of the Code Sprint will be to progress each of these specifications. The sprint will also help to identify issues and options for addressing new or outstanding issues. 

The draft OGC API - Processes specification defines an interface that enables the execution of geospatial computing processes and the retrieval of metadata describing their purpose and functionality. Typically, these processes execute well-defined algorithms that ingest vector and/or coverage data to produce new datasets.  

The draft OGC API - Records specification defines an interface that enables discovery and access to metadata records about resources such as features, coverages, tiles/maps, models, assets, services, or widgets. The draft specification enables the discovery of geospatial resources by standardizing the way collections of descriptive information about the resources (metadata) are exposed and accessed.

The draft OGC API - Coverages specification defines an interface that enables access to coverages that are modeled according to the Coverage Implementation Schema (CIS) 1.1. Coverages are represented by some binary or ASCII serialization, specified by some data (en­coding) format. Arguably the most popular type of coverage is that of a gridded coverage. Gridded coverages have a grid as their domain set describing the direct positions in multi-dimensional coordinate space, depending on the type of grid. Satellite imagery is typically modeled as a gridded coverage, for example. 

A pre-event webinar, lasting up to one hour, will take place on July 14 at 9:00am EDT. The webinar will set out the scope of the code sprint and provide an overview of the candidate standards.

Registration for the July 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint and its associated Pre-event Webinar is available here. Registration closes at 2:00am EDT on July 21, 2021. The code sprint will begin at 7:00am EDT July 21, and end at 5:30pm EDT July 23.

Useful information about the code sprint is available on the July 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint GitHub Repository.

Call for Sponsors: OGC also invites organizations to sponsor the Code Sprint. A range of packages are available offering different opportunities for organizations to support the geospatial development community while promoting their products or services. If interested in sponsoring the code sprint, please contact the Standards Program at standards-team [at]

For more information on OGC APIs visit or follow along at #OGCAPI. Information on all previous and upcoming OGC Sprints can be found on

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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.
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