OGC Seeks Comments on NetCDF Climate and Forecast Data Encoding Standards

Please note: This Request is scheduled to close on 7 October, 2010.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) members are seeking comments on three candidate standards – the OGC CF-netCDF Primer, OGC Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) Core Encoding Standard, and the OGC NetCDF Binary Encoding Extension Standard - NetCDF Classic and 64-bit Offset Format.

NetCDF (network Common Data Form) is comprised of a data model for array-oriented scientific data, related access libraries, and a machine-independent data format. Together, the interfaces, libraries, and format support the creation, access, and sharing of georeferenced scientific data.

NetCDF and CF-NetCDF were developed by the weather and climate communities and have been maintained by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) (www.ucar.edu).  These standards has been formally recognized by US Government standards bodies. UCAR introduced NetCDF into the OGC as a candidate OGC standard to encourage broader international use and greater interoperability among clients and servers interchanging data in binary form. Establishing CF-netCDF as an OGC standard for binary encoding will enable standard delivery of data in binary form via several OGC service interface standards, including the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Sensor Observation Service (SOS) Interface Standards.

The following organizations submitted these candidate standards to the Open Geospatial Consortium:



Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Northrop Grumman Corporation

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The candidate OGC OGC standards and information about submitting comments on this document are available below. The public comment period closes on 7 October , 2010.


Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day 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 using the following link: requests [at] opengeospatial.org (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template


You may wish to be added to the distribution list to receive comments as they are submitted:

Subscribing to the the list will also allow you to view comments already received, which can be found in the List Archives.