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The Latest on Cloud-Native Geospatial Standards in OGC

Picture of cloud with text 'The Latest On Cloud-Native Geospatial Standards at OGC'As we approach the Developer Workshop at our upcoming Member Meeting, and in light of our very successful Cloud-Native Outreach Event, OGC's Chief Standards Officer, Scott Simmons, has put together an overview of the current state of 'Cloud-Native Geospatial' at OGC, including the relevant Standards and Engineering Reports stemming from our R&D and Innovation work - and what's coming in the future.

The 2022 Joint OGC OSGeo ASF Code Sprint - How it went!

The 2022 Joint OGC OSGeo ASF Code SprintOGC, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) held their second joint code sprint in March this year, which introduced several exciting changes not seen during the 2021 Joint Code Sprint. 

Over a period of 3 days, the sprint participants collaborated on a variety of coding and documentation tasks, and held discussions to facilitate coordination. The sprint participants made several recommendations for future innovation work items, outlined in the following blog post.

How it Went! The November 2021 Geospatial API Virtual Code Sprint

hands typing on computer keyboardFrom November 15-17, 2021, OGC and ISO/TC 211 jointly hosted the November 2021 Geospatial API Virtual Code Sprint. The code sprint focused on the refinement of the OGC API - Features Standard, and its ISO version ISO 19168, which offers the capability to serve, create, modify, and query spatial data on the Web. As a first for OGC, the Sprint used Discord to handle video, voice, and chat facilities, and additionally offered 'Mentor Streams' to support developers new to OGC API Standards.

This blog post outlines what happened at the Sprint, any lessons learnt, and how it will further refine the OGC API - Features/ISO 19168 Standards.

Towards a Cloud-Native Geospatial standards baseline

  • Posted on: 3 December 2021
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Chris Holmes, OGC Visiting Fellow

Photo of clouds overlaid with the text 'Towards a Cloud Native OGC - Part 2: The Required Standards'In his previous post, Chris Holmes laid out the vision for Cloud-Native Geospatial. With this next post, he gets into the details of what is needed, laying out the key areas where foundational standards are needed, and then surveying the current status of each area. 
The existing technologies and Standards range from quite well-established to quite speculative, but all are eminently achievable. Chris then takes a 'deep dive' into the area that he ended up focusing on the most during his time as OGC Visiting Fellow these last few months.

Hexagon on the value of collaboration, Standards, and OGC Membership

Hexagon’s long-time support of OGC and our Standards, including our family of OGC APIs, has enabled the Company to learn from, collaborate with, and support the broader geospatial community, while also improving their product offering and being one of the first to market with support for the latest generation of geospatial standards.

Simon Chester talked with Stan Tillman, Executive Manager, Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial Division, about the value that participating in the OGC Community has brought them, including being one of the first to market with support for the new OGC API Standards.

Towards a Cloud-Native OGC

  • Posted on: 1 December 2021
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Chris Holmes, OGC Visiting Fellow

Towards a cloud native OGCChris Holmes reflects on his time as OGC's first Visiting Fellow, and outlines his vision of 'Cloud-Native Geospatial' by addressing the question  ‘What would geospatial standards look like if they were built for the cloud?’

Chris has taken the time to look at the entire geospatial landscape and the potential for OGC to play the key leadership role in making the Cloud-Native Geospatial vision a reality. 

INSPIRE and OGC APIs - Part 1: Modernising INSPIRE

Satellite image of Europe14 years after its creation - and at a time when the need for sustainable development is greater than ever - INSPIRE has evolved to continue to provide accessible and interoperable geospatial data to the European community and beyond.

And, thanks to INSPIRE’s growing support of the OGC API Family of standards, stakeholders can access and publish it in a manner that has grown simpler and more useful over time.

Esri’s ArcGIS enables thousands of datasets, maps, and apps for location

  • Posted on: 4 November 2021
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Adam Martin, Esri, Jonathan Fath, OGC

Open standards aren’t just about efficiency. They allow organizations across the globe to share information effectively and securely, and can provide much needed security for data. Standards provide governments and industry alike the ability to use tons of data for a range of use cases from citizen science to Defense and Intelligence and disaster relief. 

“How’s the weather up there?” OGC APIs deliver real-time and archived weather, climate, and water datasets for Canada

A long-time user and supporter of OGC standards, the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), a division of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is Canada’s authoritative source for severe-weather alerts and weather, water, ice, and climate data.

One of the nation’s oldest government institutions, MSC is also one to keep up with the times, using the latest technologies in its quest to help Canadians make informed decisions about their health and safety and economic prosperity. One such example is the MSC GeoMet API platform, which, through the use of OGC API and other OGC standards, allows users to freely and quickly access thousands of real-time and archived weather, climate, and water datasets and products and integrate them in their domain-specific applications and decision support systems.

Reflecting on the May 2021 OGC API Code Sprint

Thumbnail: Reflecting on the May 2021 OGC API Code Sprint - Advancing OGC APIs for Maps, Tiles, & StylesAPIs have proven to be a popular and very effective enabler of rapid software development. This is more so in web mapping, where a combination of cartographic and software development skills is often needed to create maps for a global user base. As part of OGC’s on-going development of the OGC API suite of standards, OGC has been holding a series of Code Sprints. As part of this series, the May 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint was conducted May 26–28, 2021.

With Ordnance Survey (OS) as Gold-level Sponsor and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as Silver-level Sponsor, the code sprint sought to progress the development of the draft OGC API standards for Maps, Tiles, and Styles. The sprint also sought to identify issues as well as options for addressing them.

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