[OSGeo-Discuss] [OSGeo-Standards] ESRI, please publicly share reasons for given for adopting the GeoServices REST API

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Thu May 9 00:43:33 PDT 2013

Hi Landon,

OGC credibility is very much at stake here. Should we propose a name change?


Little about this process seems genuinely open... and is getting less so as it drags on.


  Brent Wood

--- On Thu, 5/9/13, Landon Blake <sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Landon Blake <sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [OSGeo-Standards] ESRI, please publicly share reasons for given for adopting the GeoServices REST API
To: "Cameron Shorter" <cameron.shorter at lisasoft.com>
Cc: "OSGeo Discussions" <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>, tc-discuss at lists.opengeospatial.org, standards at lists.osgeo.org, "Craig Sandy" <CSandy at esriaustralia.com.au>
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 4:24 PM

Does the OGC still have any credibility as a transparent standards organization after this?

I'm very disappointed in ESRI and OGC based on what I've heard so far. Pretty hard to believe this is coming from the folks that first published the Shapefile specification that made a lot of open source GIS software practical. I guess that is what happens when there is a lot of short term profits on the line.

How short-sighted. I hope they change their mind.


On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 9:10 PM, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at lisasoft.com> wrote:

I have been notified that ESRI/OGC will not be sharing reasons for voting for the "GeoServices REST API" that has been sent to OGC voting members.

I'm disappointed that such information is being with held from public debate.

On 8/05/2013 4:51 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:


I understand that ESRI has been emailing some OGC voting members reasons for approving the GeoServices REST API.

I think it appropriate to have an open discussion, and hear both the pros and cons for adopting the GeoServices REST API.

Could you please share your comments on a public email list so that the community has an opportunity to hear the other side of the argument.


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