Request Closed: June 29, 2023 9:00 am — July 29, 2023 11:59 pm

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is seeking public comment on version 1.4 of the GeoPackage Standard. Comments are due by July 29, 2023.

A GeoPackage is an open, standards-based, platform-independent, portable, self-describing, compact format for transferring geospatial information. It is a platform-independent SQLite database file that contains the GeoPackage data and metadata.

Version 1.4 brings no critical changes, and the following substantive changes:

  • Make DATETIME format more flexible by relaxing the definition from strictly YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSSZ while retaining compatibility with ISO-8601.
  • Relax “Requirement #4.” As the Standard has evolved, the difference between a GeoPackage and an Extended GeoPackage has become irrelevant. The presence of extensions would cause the Executable Test Suite (ETS) to skip Requirement 4, which has implications in how ETS results are interpreted. This change has no significant operational impact.
  • An update to the R-tree Index Triggers that is designed to prevent interoperability problems but does not introduce any new interoperability risks.

For a detailed list of changes, see the GeoPackage GitHub changelog.

The OGC GeoPackage Encoding Standard defines GeoPackages for the exchange of – as well as GeoPackage SQLite Extensions for the direct use of – vector geospatial features and tile matrix sets of earth images and raster maps at various scales. 

Direct use means the ability to access and update data in a “native” storage format without intermediate format translations in an environment (e.g., through an API) that guarantees data model and data set integrity and identical access and update results in response to identical requests from different client applications.

GeoPackages are interoperable across all enterprise and personal computing environments, and are particularly useful on mobile devices like cell phones and tablets in communications environments with limited connectivity and bandwidth.

OGC Members interested in staying up to date on the progress of this standard, or contributing to its development, are encouraged to join the GeoPackage SWG via the OGC Portal. Non-OGC members who would like to know more about participating in this SWG are encouraged to contact the OGC Standards Program.

The candidate GeoPackage v1.4 Standard (12-128r19) (.HTML) is available for review and comment. Comments are due by July 29, 2023, and should be submitted via the method below.

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Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a period ending on the “Close request date” listed above. Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments via this email address, using this Comments Template for the message body.

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