[OSGeo-Standards] Simple Text Format For Transfer of Simple Spatial Features (Killing the GML 3 Beast)

Allan Doyle adoyle at eogeo.org
Wed Aug 29 18:00:12 EDT 2007

Isn't there a new-ish Simple GML profile? I'm not completely up on  
GML these days, but there was a Cubewerx sponsored version,  
originally called "Level 0 GML".

Look at 06-049r1 http://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/index.php? 

If that link fails, try this - http://www.opengeospatial.org/ 
standards/gml and look near the bottom of the 3.1.1 series.


On Aug 29, 2007, at 17:50 , Jody Garnett wrote:

> Yet another format is never a great idea :-) If you really want  
> another format why not punt H2 databases around? It is what the  
> SQLLite file format crazy in the C++ world is all about ... think  
> even FDO does something like that?
>> [1] A CSV file in which the first row contains feature attribute  
>> names, the second row identifies feature attribute data types  
>> using standard XML data types and WKT for geometry attributes, and  
>> in which the other rows contain the actual attribute values, one  
>> feature per row.
> You are welcome to look at the property file format we use as an  
> example in GeoTools.
>> [2] A restricted form of GML 2 that will eliminate the need for an  
>> external schema and simplify parsing. Think of this as “GML 2  
>> Resurrected”.
> This is the way to go;
> - you will find that the OGC has a SimpleFeature profile of GML3  
> that can be put to good use.
> - ESRI also has something insane to the same effect
> Not sure you will every eliminate the need for an external schema -  
> but why not put it inline at the top of the document? Consider it a  
> "header" for the rest of the file ... that is how WSDL and MS does it.
> Cheers,
> Jody
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Allan Doyle
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