OGC® Standards and Supporting Documents


OGC Standards and Resources: Made by our Community of Members for the World


International standards that detail conceptual models, interfaces, or encodings to enable interoperability.
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Web accessible sources of information about things ("Concepts") the OGC defines or that communities ask that we host on their behalf. Applies FAIR principles for interoperability in systems.
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Best Practices

Member-agreed and approved documents describing the use of one or more OGC standards to address a domain-specific topic or provide a solution to an interoperability challenge.
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Community Practices

Documents describing implemented standards, specifications, or technologies that originate outside of OGC, but also address interoperability requirements in geospatial and related communities.
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Engineering Reports

Developed in the OGC Innovation Program to highlight interoperability initiatives being completed by OGC and partners, the standards used, their importance, and potential impacts on the future.
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Discussion Papers

Technology issues being considered in the Working Groups of the OGC Technical Committee. They create discussion in the geospatial information industry.
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White Papers

Technology issues of interest to members of the OGC and the geospatial community at large. They provide necessary background to highlight and forecast information and trends.
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OGC Reference Model

The OGC Reference Model (ORM) describes the OGC Standards Baseline focusing on relationships between the baseline documents.
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OGC Standards

OGC standards are developed by members to make location information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. They are used by software developers to build open interfaces and encodings into their products and services. Standards are the main "products" of the OGC and have been developed by the membership to address specific interoperability challenges, such as delivery of map content to the Web, exchange of critical location data in response to disasters, and to enable fusion of information from Internet of Things (IoT) devices. OGC maintains a roadmap for all standards in development.

OGC standards are divided into three types:

Abstract Specification Topics
Describes the conceptual foundation upon which OGC standards are built.
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Member-Developed Standards
Developed by OGC membership inside the OGC Technical Committee.
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Community Standards
Widely-used specifications developed external to OGC but endorsed by OGC membership as being a valuable part of our Standards Baseline.
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