[OSGeo-Standards] [OSGeo-Discuss] Live DVD and OGC standards

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net
Mon Jul 8 08:11:27 PDT 2013

On 08.07.2013 14:14, Rushforth, Peter wrote:
> Hi Allan,
>> The counter-example is actually GeoTIFF, which was proposed 
>> as an OGC format a long, long time ago, by the original 
>> authors of the spec. At the time, it was rejected 
>> specifically because the TC felt that OGC should not be 
>> standardizing file specs, but rather should be standardizing 
>> interfaces.
> Ironic, because the strength of the Web is based on 'file' specs.  The
> geo community needs to think less about interfaces and more about
> how to communicate state through "files".
> Cheers,
> Peter

so true, I couldn't agree more. Why is it that there is a perception
that the OGC should not work on data formats but only interfaces? Is
this still the case? With GML and KML there are two strong existing data
standards. GeoPackage is not exactly "just" a media format but ships
with code - an ideal package so to say, and by any means not just an
interface standard.

GeoRSS and GeoJSON would not be hard to go forward with but for some
reason it never happened.


Arnulf Christl (Executive Director)
Open Source Geospatial Software, Data and Services

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