[OSGeo-Standards] Input required from OSGeo Standards List Members

Rob Atkinson ratkinson at ogc.org
Thu Aug 26 22:01:17 PDT 2021

Hi Bruce, et al

Just a heads up that there are a couple of threads of activity which may be
able to support this work.

first, I am participating on behalf of OGC with OsGEO and ISO reps on
project to explore interoperability of Glossary content between
organisations.  This is not generally a "first class concern" - but I
encourage community input to influence OGC to publish machine readable
versions of terminology (and improve consistency and cross-referencing
between various uses of the same or similar terminology).

A key part of this is publication of technical specifications such as data
models and schemas in a consistent canonical Web-friendly manner (not
expecting OsGEO community to have the right version of a proprietary UML
tool to find machine-readable documentation on schema elements for

A second thread I have been discussing with Codrina Ilie is around better
describing the OGC (and ISO and potentially wider) ecosystem of standards
and how they relate.  OGC has me actively designing improved ways of
achieving this.  For example

shows a range of cross references between standards,  We're also looking at
deconstructing key standards so the implementable "conformance classes" are
directly visible and citable, allowing specifications of standards
conformance to be done at a level that can be used to drive testing (citing
the containing specification document is not explicit, and citations
without specifying versions cant be tested)



General principles (e.g. FAIR) are expressed here:

Happy to hear feedback about potential uses of this information, or other
things the OGC can do to publish its standards in more accessible ways. For
OsGEO related matters please cc Codrina

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On Thu, Aug 26, 2021 at 10:56 AM Bruce Bannerman <
bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Standards List Members,
> We have approximately 160 members subscribed to this mailing list.
> I assume that you have subscribed to the Standards list as you have some
> interest in Open Spatial Standards.
> We have an excellent opportunity to help shape the future of open spatial
> standards with the proposed new Memorandum of Understanding between OSGeo
> and OGC.
> To date, I have been disappointed at the very limited community input into
> this process.
> This is your opportunity to drive what we do with open spatial standards.
> Don’t wait for others to do the work for you.
> I call on all list members to provide some feedback to this list on:
>    - what inspired you to subscribe to this list;
>    - what you want from being a member of this list; and
>    - your review of the proposed new OSGeo/OGC MOU (see context below).
> Please don’t be shy, there are no right or wrong responses!
> Kind regards,
> Bruce
> On 10 Aug 2021, at 00:55, Tom Kralidis <tomkralidis at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone: hope you are all doing well.  Per subject and [1][2], we have
> been working
> with OGC to renew our Memorandum of Understanding, and now have a draft
> (Exhibit A) of
> the MOU for your review and comment.
> Please see [3] for your review, comment and input.  Anyone with the link
> should be able to
> comment in the document.
> This is an important time for the updated MOU.  Open Source and Open
> Standards are
> natural, healthy and evolving, and this MOU will grow the collaboration
> between our
> organizations especially given OGC's increasing focus on developers.  Note
> that the MOU
> provides OSGeo an Associate Membership as well as the opportunity for
> input into the next
> generation of compliance testing (CITE).
> Input and feedback is requested by Friday, 03 September 2021 at 12h UTC.
> If there are no major issues, we will put the MOU for approval at the F2F
> Board meeting following
> FOSS4G 2021.
> If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.
> Thanks in advance.
> On behalf of those involved in updating the MOU (OGC, OSGeo MOU Review
> Team).
> ..Tom
> [1] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/MoU_OGC/Review_2020
> [2] https://git.osgeo.org/gitea/osgeo/todo/issues/80
> [3]
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LNbDCkmjqfOtrUjOLkYNNhKhtPzXI_uCAC4R-l8drbY
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