[OGC Press Release] OGC Members Adopt OWS Common 1.1 Specification

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Wed Dec 20 12:14:30 EST 2006


PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information about this announcement, contact:

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938
sbacharach at opengeospatial.org

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Wayland, Mass., December 20, 2006 - The members of the Open Geospatial
Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) have approved a revision to the OpenGIS® Web
Services Common Specification. This document specifies many of the
aspects that are, or should be, common to all or multiple OGC Web
Service (OWS) interface Implementation Specifications. These common
aspects are primarily some of the parameters and data structures used
in operation requests and responses. Example of common usage are how
to handle bounding boxes, exception processing, URL requests, URN
expressions, key value encoding, and so forth.

The primary categories of "common" usage specified by this document
currently include:

a. Some operation request and response contents

b. Parameters and data structures included in operation requests and
responses

c. XML and KVP encoding of operation requests and responses

One use of this document is as a normative reference for future
versions of OGC Web Service standards. Those standards currently
include the OpenGIS Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS),
and Web Coverage Service (WCS) Specifications. Rather than continuing
to repeat this material in each such Implementation Specification,
each specification will normatively reference each relevant part of
this document.

The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 335
companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly
available interface specifications. OpenGIS Specifications support
interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and
location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower
technology developers to make complex spatial information and services
accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC
website at http://www.opengeospatial.org.

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