[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: idea for an OSGeo project -- a new, open data format

Bart van den Eijnden (OSGIS) bartvde at osgis.nl
Wed Nov 14 04:27:48 PST 2007

I agree that most of these things don't belong in a data format.

But for metadata it would really make sense to be in there IMHO, and
information about the projection/CRS as well. Data without metadata is
worthless anyway (in an ideal world ...).

For shapefiles one can compare this to the .prj projection file and the .xml
metadata file.

Best regards,

Bart van den Eijnden
OSGIS, Open Source GIS

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Onderwerp: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: idea for an OSGeo project -- a new, open
data format
Datum: 14/11/07 10:21

> On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 04:12:21AM -0600, mdragon at ciesas-golfo.edu.mx
> > I would just love to click open and see something nice, specially if
> > someone has already taken the time to make it beautiful.
> > 
> > Think of it as the output of a word processor instead of an editor.
> > Excel vs. VisiCalc; and the list may go on forever.
> > 
> > All this is to say: not only the data needs a better container, the
> > as well.
> A data format is not a 'container' for maps, it's a container for data.
> The container for your maps should be something like WMC (though I
> don't know if it makes sense off the web): grouping together datasources
> and SLD and the like. The first half of the things you identified:
> > - optional space for metadata,
> > - optional thumnails (in 2 sizes: thumb and browse)
> > - optional embeded symbols (truetype/svg glyphs) and prefered layout
> > - optional coloring and styles, break values, rendering and
> >   scale limits, persistent joins or relates, color ramp, ...
> are things which are provided by SLD and the like, which means that you
> really want SDF + WMC -- I don't think that this is SDF's job, and I
> don't think that it should be the job of any geodata format.
> Regards,
> -- 
> Christopher Schmidt
> Web Developer
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