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

Allan Doyle afdoyle at MIT.EDU
Mon Jul 8 09:03:38 PDT 2013

On Jul 8, 2013, at 11:11 AM, Arnulf Christl <arnulf.christl at metaspatial.net> wrote:

> 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
> 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.

This was back in the day when we were just getting over the CORBA, DCOM wars and other distributed system disasters.

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

The authors objected to running them through OGC.


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