[Biogeosdi] Report from OGC meeting

Tim Sutton tim at linfiniti.com
Mon Jul 16 00:58:37 CEST 2007

Hi All

I got a chance to read through through the final report - really great
job! I think we need to take the comments on omws into account and
implement it as a rest service at some stage. Javi thanks for bringing
it all together and getting it sent off to Lee.



2007/7/12, Javier de la Torre <jatorre at gmail.com>:
> Hey Lee,
> Here I send you what I have written at my return from the OGC
> meeting. You asked me also for a comment on how i think TDWG should
> continue working with OGC. I will write that in a later message ok?
> By the way... i couldnt find any news announcing the MoU between TDWG
> and OGC :(
> Cheers.
> ---------
> Report of the July 2007 OGC Technical Committee Meeting
> ---------------------
> The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) held its 61st Technical
> Committee and Planning Committee Meetings during the week of July 9,
> 2007 in Paris. TDWG was there represented by Donald Hobern and Javier
> de la Torre who gave two presentations on the Earth Observation and
> Natural Resources and Environment Working Group.
> OGC Technical Committees meetings are a fundamental tool for OGC
> process in building standards and assure interoperability. During a
> week, OGC members meet in different working groups, discuss and vote
> in the process of making or reviewing standards.
> Thanks to the new MoU between TDWG & OGC (link here but I could not
> find any news item about this ???) now there can be a representation
> of TDWG in every OGC meeting and push the interest from the
> biodiversity informatics community in the development of geospatial
> standards.
> In this meeting topics varied from Geographic Markup Language,
> coverages, the GEOSS project, Web Map Service, Sensor Web Enables and
> many more. During the Earth Observation, Natural Resources &
> Environment Working Group Meeting TDWG was presented in two different
> presentations from Donald Hobern and Javier de la Torre.
> Donald Hobern presented (available here) the TDWG infrastructure
> project and GBIF. The new GBIF REST services were presented together
> with how TDWG is creating a new set of vocabularies that can be use
> by services which data has something to do with biodiversity.
> Javier de la Torre presented (available here) the results of the
> BioGeoSDI meeting (link http://wiki.tdwg.org/twiki/bin/view/
> Geospatial/InteroperabilityWorkshop1) with a presentation that made
> emphasis on the use of primary data and niche modelling together with
> OGC and TDWG standards.
> In the other hand there has been several presentations about the
> Global Earth System of Systems (GEOSS) and the pilot projects that
> are starting now. GEOSS have recently released their catalog service,
> a registry where geographic data providers and services can be found
> to create a truly world wide Spatial Data Infrastructure for the
> observation of the earth. For the moment only a few services are
> registered, but they plan in the upcomming months to complete the
> catalog with every service related to the observation of the earth.
> Related to the observation of the earth, there is the Sensor Web
> Enabled (SWE) working group in OGC that has presented several papers
> in their continuos effort to provide an interoperability framework
> where all kind of sensors can "talk to each other" in a seamless way.
> During the meeting the new OGC interoperability program, OWS-5, was
> discussed. This new initiative include  more than a hundred
> participants with a budget of at least a million dollars. The program
> is organized in 6 different threads: Sensor Web Enablement (SWE), Geo
> Processing Workflow (GPW), Information Communities' Semantics (ICS),
> CAD/GIS/BIM, Agile Geography, Compliance Testing (CITE). Significant
> work items include geospatial Web service chaining and workflow,
> enhancements to the KML language, practical application of the Sensor
> Web, and application of GML to real-world scenarios.
> There were also discussions on the so called GeoAPI. Together with
> the creation of standards there are efforts to provide APIs that
> implement the standards so that different vendor, software producers,
> can implement them using the same interfaces. The API is available in
> sourceforge and is implemented in Java.
> The Web Coverage Service (WCS) was also discussed. There is open
> discussions on implementing asynchronous services and the use of SOAP
> encodings, although this seems to be a general discussion among all
> OGC standards.
> The meeting about OGC for the Mass was a very crowded one. The aim of
> the meeting was to identify current trends on the use of geospatial
> information on Internet. Things like GeoRSS, KML, WMS tiling, etc.
> Specially interesting is the process of making KML an OGC standard.
> This has been included in the OWS-5 initiative.
> In general it has been a nice meeting with lot of ongoing
> discussions. The OGC procedures seems to work quite well and lots of
> discussion papers are being prepared continuously that expand or
> improve OGC vision and their standards.
> [maybe you want some more personal comments Lee?]
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