[Live-demo] [OSGeo-Standards] FYI: New OGC Standards Activity: Candidate GeoPackage Standard

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 14:37:13 PDT 2012

Thanks Frank, I think I've now also found the doc you are probably reading:
This includes the following description:

/Mobile device users who require map/geospatial application services and 
operate in disconnected or limited network connectivity environments are 
challenged by not having open, available geospatial data to support 
these applications. Further challenging mobile device users are the 
limited storage available and the likelihood that each map/geospatial 
application will require its own potentially proprietary geospatial data 
store. These separate application-specific data stores may contain the 
same geospatial data, wasting the limited storage available, and 
requiring custom applications for data translation, replication, and 
synchronization to enable different map/geospatial applications to share 
the same world view. In addition, many existing geospatial data stores 
are platform-specific, which means that users with different platforms 
must translate data to share it.//
//An open, standards-based, application-independent, 
platform-independent, self-describing, GeoPackage (GPKG) data container, 
API and manifest are needed to overcome these challenges and to 
effectively support multiple map/geospatial applications such as fixed 
product distribution, local data collection, and geospatially enabled 
analytics. This standard is intended to facilitate widespread adoption 
and use of GeoPackages as standard containers for "MyGeoData" by both 
COTS and open-source software applications on enterprise production 
platforms as well as mobile hand-held devices, given that mobile hand 
held devices do not yet have the processing power or battery life to 
effectively tackle difficult geospatial product production and analysis 
tasks. An application that accesses a GPKG will make use of the GPKG 
capabilities it requires; few if any such applications will make use of 
all GPKG capabilities.//
//A future GeoPackage Web Service specification and modifications to 
existing OGC Web Service (OWS) specifications to use GeoPackages as 
exchange formats will allow OWS to support provisioning of GeoPackages 
throughout an enterprise or information community./

On 26/10/2012 8:28 AM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
> Cameron,
> For what it's worth, from a very brief review it seems like 
> GeoPackages are data packages containing primarily SQLite/Spatialite 
> databases for vectors and MBTiles format for raster/map tiles.  I 
> don't initially see it having any relationship to software packaging.
> I'm going to poke around a bit and try to establish if any work in 
> GDAL would help with compatability.  It might be interesting to 
> package some of the OSGeo Live dataset(s) as GeoPackages at some point.
> (I must stress my vague understanding is based on a very cursory 
> review of OGC docs, email, etc)
> Best regards,
> Frank
> On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM, Cameron Shorter 
> <cameron.shorter at gmail.com <mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Carl,
>     It is possible that contributors to the OSGeo-Live project [1]
>     might have something of value to contribute toward this GeoPackage
>     standard.
>     OSGeo-Live packages provides installer scripts for 50+ geospatial
>     open source applications,  and data sources, such that they can be
>     installed on linux distribution, and run offline.
>     It is possible that this OSGeo-Live build process could be
>     tailored for the specific requirements of the GeoPackaging community.
>     [1] http://live.osgeo.org
>     A description of the build process:
>     http://cameronshorter.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/memoirs-of-cat-herder-coordinating.html
>     On 26/10/2012 5:08 AM, Carl Reed wrote:
>         The following standards work is based on OGC test bed
>         activities and related projects for packaging geospatial
>         content for use in a mobile environment in which disconnected
>         devices are the norm, such as in emergency response after a
>         natural disaster.
>         Today the OGC® announced the formation of a new OGC® Technical
>         Committee Standards Working Group (SWG) to advance the
>         candidate OGC GeoPackage Standard.
>         http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/dailynews/2012/oct/25/news3.html
>         OGC members are proposing an open, non-proprietary,
>         platform-independent GeoPackage 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 services.
>         Regards
>         Carl Reed, PhD
>         CTO and Executive Director Standards Program
>         Open Geospatial Consortium
>         www.opengeospatial.org <http://www.opengeospatial.org>
>         The OGC: Making Location Count!
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