[OGC Press Release] OGC(R) Approves GML in JPEG 2000 Specification

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Mon Feb 13 15:12:43 EST 2006

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


Wayland, MA, February 13, 2006 – The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc.
(OGC) membership has approved the OpenGIS(R) GML in JPEG 2000 for
Geographic Imagery (GMLJP2) Implementation Specification. It is
available for downloading from

The Geography Markup Language (GML) is an XML grammar for the encoding
of geographic information. JPEG 2000 is a wavelet based image
compression standard that provides the ability to include XML data for
description of the image within the JPEG 2000 data file. This OpenGIS
Implementation specification defines the means by which the OGC
Geography Markup Language (GML) is to be used within JPEG 2000 images
for geographic imagery. Further, the specification also provides
packaging mechanisms for including GML within JPEG 2000 data files as
well as specific GML application schemas to support the encoding of
images within JPEG 2000 data files.

The following organizations submitted the specification to the OGC for
consideration as a standard: Galdos Systems Inc.; LizardTech; European
Union Satellite Centre (EUSC); DM Solutions Group Inc (DMSG); and the
US Geological Survey (USGS) National Mapping Division. The submitting
organizations were grateful for contributions from the following
companies in the development and revision of this specification: BAE
SYSTEMS - Information Systems Sector; Boeing S&IS Mission Systems;
Intergraph Corporation; ITT Industries Space Systems Division; PCI
Geomatics Inc.; SPOT Image (SPOT); and the US National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA). Public comments on the draft
specification were solicited, received and reviewed before the
specification was finalized and voted upon.

OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 300
companies, government agencies and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop publicly available interface
specifications. OpenGIS(R) 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 OGC's website at

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