[OSGeo Africa] Fwd: Re: [OSGeo-Standards] Fwd: The OGC Seeks Comments on CandidateGeoPackage Standard

Gavin Fleming gavin at afrispatial.co.za
Wed Jan 9 22:58:01 PST 2013

cross-posting from the OSGeo standards list.

This GeoPackage standard is very relevant to offline and low 
connectivity situations in Africa.

See the original announcement below and send in comments if it's up your 

Spatialite is the first reference implementation. I've been using it a 
lot lately and it really is nifty. It has some idiosyncrasies and 
differences from PostGIS but is an incredibly powerful self-contained 
spatial database.

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Subject: 	Re: [OSGeo-Standards] Fwd: The OGC Seeks Comments on 
CandidateGeoPackage Standard
Date: 	Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:50:32 -0700
From: 	Carl Reed <creed at opengeospatial.org>
To: 	Arnulf Christl <arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net>, 
<standards at lists.osgeo.org>

Just to add to what Arnulf has stated. Now is a good time to provide input
to define a more simple "core" for this candidate standard. This is the
first review period for this document. There will be a second public comment
period later in the process.

Please note that GeoPackage is one of the first OGC candidate standards
going to early release so that developers can try the spec out and provide
implementation experience input into the process. This change in the OGC
process is the result of suggestions and comments from the OSGeo community.



-----Original Message-----
From: Arnulf Christl
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 3:06 AM
To: standards at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: [OSGeo-Standards] Fwd: The OGC Seeks Comments on
CandidateGeoPackage Standard

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I believe many have been waiting for something along this line. From
first looks it is maybe a litttle overblown for the easy use cases (as
any good old standard should be) but it may have a lot of potential.

Please consider checking this out and be aware that we have an open
slot for the OGC membership awarded to indiviual developers who would
be interested in actively joining the working group.


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Betreff: The OGC Seeks Comments on Candidate GeoPackage Standard
Datum: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:06:58 -0500
Von: announce at opengeospatial.org
An: arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net

OGC <http://www.opengeospatial.org/>

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For Immediate Release

Contact:  info at opengeospatial.org

The OGC Seeks Comments on Candidate GeoPackage Standard

8 January 2013 - The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public
comments on the current draft of the candidate OGC GeoPackage (GPKG)
Standard. The GPKG Standards Working Group will consider all comments
when preparing a final draft of the candidate standard.

Mobile device users who require geospatial application services and
associated data and who operate in disconnected or limited network
connectivity environments frequently do not have open, available
geospatial data to support their applications. Applications include such
things as mobile workforce data capture and updates, volunteered
geographic information, and real time annotations of map data in an
emergency event.

The candidate OGC GeoPackage (GPKG) Standard provides an open,
non-proprietary, platform-independent container for distribution and
direct use of all kinds of geospatial data. The GeoPackage container and
related API will increase the cross-platform interoperability of
geospatial applications and web services in the mobile world.  Standard
APIs for access and management of GeoPackage data will provide
consistent query and update results across such applications and

Future enhancements to the GeoPackage standard, a future GeoPackage Web
Service standard, and modifications to existing OGC Web Service (OWS)
standards to use GeoPackages as exchange formats will allow OWS to
support provisioning of GeoPackages throughout an enterprise or
information community.

Interoperability of GeoPackage implementations by several participants
is being tested and will be demonstrated in the 15 January 2013 OGC Web
Services Testbed (OWS-9) Demonstration
<http://www.opengeospatial.org/node/1748>. The current reference
implementation bases, SQLite and SpatiaLite, are open source resources
developed by OGC members. The SQLite reference implementation is
sponsored in part by the SQLite Consortium, which includes a number of
OGC members. SpatiaLite is built on OS-Geo open source libraries by the
president of GFOSS.it <http://www.gfoss.it> and others.

The current draft of the candidate OGC GeoPackage (GPKG) Standard can be
downloaded from http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/95.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 480 companies,
government agencies, research organizations, and universities
participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions that
"geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and
mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make
geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any
application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website
at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

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