[OSGeo-Standards] OWS-5 Agile Geography - KML 3 (more open than most)

Lorenzo Becchi lorenzo at ominiverdi.com
Thu Aug 23 05:39:04 EDT 2007

Andrew thanks, Raj is right, your answer is clear and opens to a good 

I have to say that things are growing faster then what I was expecting: 
this year I was supposed to dive into WMS & SLD & WMC, adapt some 
already stable FOSS server apps with the help of my working group and 
hopefully see our changes integrated in future release of these standards.
Next year the same stuff for WFS, WPS  and probably CSW.

I fit the "Developer" "persona". While I'm a lurker for all other standards.

Now things are getting much more complicated.
KML is coming out and the future of WMS/WFS/SLD/WMC is uncertain. This 
is not really a problem for me but I'll be pleased if we'll have a clear 
idea of what will happen in the future.
I mean:
- does it make sense to expect that at least WMS can see a version 1.4 
with SLD once again on and some minimum retouch integrated (es: those 
integration I was suggesting)?
- how long will WMS/WFS/SLD/WMC survive before KML will be adopted by 
main FOSS implementations (es: GeoServer/OpenLayers) ?
- does it make sense to think that adopting the future KML will be the 
natural end of WMS/SLD/WMC/WFS?

now I guess we should split the thread into technical issues (es: CSS 
for KML styling) and theoretical issues (es: OGC -> OSGeo || OSGeo -> OGC)


Andrew Turner wrote:
> I wanted to point out that the Agile Geography Thread of the current
> OWS (OGC Web Services) Testbed has gotten approval from the OGC to be
> as open as possible. This was actually at the behest of members of the
> thread that see the benefit of sharing the development of the standard
> as it goes along (more people that play the better) and getting a wide
> range of input from users and developers that may not be respresented
> on the actual OGC group.
> Our primary focus is developing the next version of KML. We've been
> blogging about the discussions that have arisen and most emails and
> posts have been on public mailing lists.
> Follow along here: http://ogcnetwork.com/kml
>  - that includes 'minutes', notes, and links to aggregated bookmarks &
> posts (and you can contribute by tagging your posts/marks with
> 'ogckml')
>  - also check out the geo-web-rest GoogleGroup (mailing list)
> In addition, much of the software being built is either open-source,
> and/or open-data.
> I believe the OGC is making an attempt to become more transparent, and
> this thread is a good test of that transparency.
> If you have any thoughts on the next version of KML, specifically with
> regards to styling, 3D, metadata/attributes, and mobile/desktop
> profiles - this is a chance to participate now - and demonstrate to
> the OGC and other members how an OGC open-standard can be developed by
> the community. :)
> Thanks!
> Andrew
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