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

Robert Bray rbray at robertbray.net
Wed Nov 21 22:52:06 PST 2007


I agree and will see what I can do to make it happen. If we want wider 
adoption it may also be beneficial to see some kind of C/C++ access library 
created for the format. In the past I always felt the FDO Provider was that 
library, but the masses seem to be telling me I am wrong about that :)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher Schmidt" <crschmidt at crschmidt.net>
To: "OSGeo Discussions" <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 9:04 PM
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Re: idea for an OSGeo project -- a new,open 
data format

> On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 11:18:42PM -0800, Robert Bray wrote:
>> Is it an open format?  ABSOLUTELY (we just never wrote a spec, but I am
>> willing to get it done)
>> All this said, I'd really like to understand everyones requirements for
>> this new format. If SDF fits thats great, if not thats ok too. We are
>> always happy to contribute what we can to the community.
> I have an interest in seeing wider implementation of SDF. I have a user
> who is interested in using FeatureServer against SDF data -- but I don't
> have an environment in which I can build/use the FDO Python bindings
> (being a mac user), so I can't help the user out.
> It seems more likely that an alternative implementation to FDO's could be
> created if documentation on the format was available. Obviously, there's
> no guarenteee (and unfortunately, I'm not a very good coder, so I can't
> offer much), but I'd at least like to be able to investigate how
> difficult SDF might be to implement: not just for my own personal
> reasons, but because implementation-difficulty can affect uptake of a
> format as much as the technical benefits can (if not more).
> so in response to 'I am willing to get it done', I would strongly
> encourage you to do so!
> Regards,
> -- 
> Christopher Schmidt
> Web Developer
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