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OGC Update - October 2018


OGC Update

October 22 · Issue #4 · View online
The quarterly update from OGC concerning the latest happenings from the organization and its members.

Hello and welcome to the 4th issue of OGC Update for 2018. 
Our next Technical Committee meeting (our 109th and final for 2018) will be held in Charlotte, NC, USA from December 10-14.
Have you registered to attend, yet? If not head to for all the details.

Athina Trakas' wrap-up of the Stuttgart TC Meeting
After 7 years, an OGC Technical Committee (TC) meeting has again come to Germany, this time from the 10-13 September in Stuttgart - more or less the backyard I grew up in. More than 200 people attended our 108th TC Meeting, held at and hosted by the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HfT Stuttgart). The meeting was sponsored by wetransform, virtualcitySYSTEMS, and Steinbeis-Transferzentrum. Stuttgart gave it’s best to welcome the OGC crowd, with the fantastic weather providing a week of summer temperatures.
The week saw the usual blend of excellent meetings, an Ice Breaker in the Student’s Bar Block 4, a Pub Quiz where you could check your knowledge about German and Stuttgart culture, politics, and trivia, as well as the Geospatially Interoperable Games and Simulations (GIGS) Summit, the SensorThings API Summit, the kick-off of the Citizen Science Interoperability Experiment, and the annual OGC Gardel’s Award presentation - this year’s recipient being Joan Masó from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CREAF).
More From The OGC Blog
10 successful years of the Hydrology Domain Working Group
Joan Masó receives OGC’s 2018 Gardels Award
Interesting Finds From Around The Web
PipelineML: update of the OGC standard
Ban on putting Shetland in a box on maps comes into force
GitHub's top languages: 'Kotlin for Android now fastest-growing programming language'
Driving geospatial innovation in Singapore and the United Kingdom between the Ordnance Survey and the Singapore Land Authority
Current OGC Initiatives
Disasters Pilot: The pilot will prototype recommendations from the Concept Development Study about the best exchange technologies used in disaster planning, response, and recovery in the context of Spatial Data Infrastructures. Currently looking for sponsors.
Geospatial to the Edge Interoperability Plugfest: Thirteen organizations came together in a virtual plugfest to advance the interoperability of OGC services and GeoPackages based on OGC GEOINT profiles. The report has been submitted to pending documents and it is currently being reviewed by the OGC Defence and Intelligence Working Group. 
Indoor Mapping and Navigation Pilot: The Kickoff Workshop was held at the NIST Gaithersburg facility on October 16-17.

Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Phase 1 - CDS: Workshop will be held Oct 23 to guide the focus of the Study. Sign up! Details and Directions on the PR and MSDI CDS Web Page.
Maritime Limits and Boundaries Pilot: GeoScience Australia, Natural Resource Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)’s Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) have confirmed sponsorship of the pilot. Expect the Call for Participation in early November.
Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination Concept Development Study: A workshop will take place in early 2019 to identify gaps to advance automated interoperability for Geospatial Intelligence PED to support edge processing, and civil-military wargaming requirements.
Testbed 14: The initiative participants will be completing prototype testing and draft engineering reports (ERs) in October. These ERs will be submitted to selected OGC SWGs and DWGs for review and eventual publication later this year.
Testbed 15: The initiative has entered the Requirements Development phase, where initiative architect Ingo Simonis is working with sponsors to develop requirements and identify possible opportunities for synergy and collaboration. This phase also aligns sponsor requirements with technology trends and the OGC baseline.
Vector Tiles Pilot: Based on the successful work achieved so far, the initiative has been extended to Phase 2 and Phase 3. The pilot is expected to be completed by the end of February 2019. 
Latest Press Releases
OGC seeks public input on Symbology Conceptual Core Model
OGC adopts new revision to GML in JPEG 2000 (GMLJP2), allowing standardized markup for rectified and referenceable imagery
OGC and Khronos Form a Liaison to Improve Interoperability between the Geospatial and 3D Graphics Communities
OGC requests comment on candidate standard: Geographic Information — Well Known Text Representation Of Coordinate Reference Systems
OGC & SISO sign Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Interoperability within the Modeling and Simulation Community
Upcoming Events
See our full calendar of upcoming events at
w3c Combined Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee Meetings Week 2018
GeoBIM Europe
Hacks and the City: A Smarter Safer City Hackathon - part of OGC's SCIRA (Smart Cities Interoperability Reference Architecture) Initiative
Research Data Alliance's 12th Plenary Meeting - part of International Data Week 2018
Latin American Geospatial Forum
ISO/TC 211 47th Plenary Meeting Week
Geography2050: Powering our Future Planet
United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress
2018 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit
AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
OGC December '18 TC Meeting
GeoBuiz Annual Summit
Newly Certified Products
The following companies have certified, or renewed certification of, their offerings since the previous OGC Update:
  • CmWorld
  • Hexagon
  • interactive instruments GmbH
  • rasdaman GmbH
  • Rolta India, Ltd.
  • Scanpoint Geomatics Ltd.
  • US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • VizExperts India Pvt Ltd.
Some parting wise words from Jean-Baptiste Henry at the Stuttgart TC
Some parting wise words from Jean-Baptiste Henry at the Stuttgart TC
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