[OSGeo-Standards] Simple (COGO) Coordinate Geometry Text Format Specification Released Today

Raj Singh rsingh at opengeospatial.org
Tue May 14 10:51:20 PDT 2013

Hi Landon. Simple COGO looks pretty cool. 
But to steal a phrase, the reports of LandXML's death have been greatly exaggerated. OGC's Land Development DWG [1] is working on resuscitating it -- first building a conceptual model to understand exactly all of its components. And buildingSMART International [2] has a working group called OpenINFRA that is looking to standardize it as well. We hope these efforts will converge in some way and give stakeholders in that domain a clear idea about the future of infrastructure information exchange. 

[1] http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/landdevdwg
[2] http://buildingsmart.org/

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On May 9, at 12:32 AM, Landon Blake <sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm not sure how many of you were aware of LandXML, or aware that it died last year. I was disappointed to learn this, as it was basically the only effort to transparently share land surveying and civil engineering data between software programs.
> The land surveying world seems to be even more locked down by hardware and software vendors than the GIS world, and it is very hard to exchange data between programs. The RINEX format for the exchange of GPS data may be the one exception, and I think it only survives because of support from academia.
> Today, I made the first release of an open technology standard from the SurveyOS Project. The Simple COGO Text Format Specification defines a simple delimited text format for the transfer and storage of common land surveying measurements.
> I'm currently working on some open source Java code to support the reading and writing of the format.
> Please remember this is very preliminary stuff, and it will probably evolve a bit as I work the kinks out of the software library.
> It is a small step, but I hope and important one after the death of LandXML. I hope to release other file format specifications for related surveying/geospatial data in the coming months.
> I'd welcome involvement from other OSGeo members in the specification development, as well as support for the spec in other programming languages.
> You can learn more, and download the Simple COGO Text Format Specification from:
> http://www.redefinedhorizons.com/surveyos/standards-simple-cogo-text-format-version-1-0-released/
> Thanks.
> Landon (AKA - The Sunburned Surveyor)
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