[OGC Press Release] OGC Adopts ebRIM Metamodel for Catalogues

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Fri Jan 5 12:51:57 EST 2007

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 January 5, 2007 - The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.®
(OGC) selected the OASIS standard ebRIM (electronic business Registry
Information Model) as the preferred cataloguing metamodel foundation
for future application profiles of the OpenGIS® Catalogue Service Web
(CS-W) specification. The catalogue specification defines the
information required to support discovery and search for data and
services and ebRIM provides the requirements to support registration
of services like those specified in many OGC standards, as well as
geospatial data and other resources.

The Consortium views search and discovery frameworks such as UDDI,
registry capability such as ebRIM, and unstructured text searches to
be competing for dominance in the Service Oriented Architectures
marketplace. However, none of these three options completely satisfies
the geospatial requirements defined by the members. ebRIM was selected
as the preferred metamodel because it enables catalogs to handle
services and a variety of other supporting registry requirements such
as symbol libraries, coordinate reference systems, application
profiles, and application schemas as well as geospatial data.

“The OGC recognizes that the verdict is still out on the use of UDDI
and ebRIM technology, but we need to move forward to support our
market now,” said Mark E. Reichardt President of OGC. “Our members
decided to adopt ebRIM to define the metamodel so that we can proceed
to support registration of geospatial information and services.”

“This decision is non-exclusive and allows continued development of
other OGC Catalogue Specification application profiles. OGC Catalog
was written to provide Web discovery of geospatial data and services
and this decision provides direction in the combination of discovery
with registry services to manage the data and enable machine to
machine communication,” according to Carl Reed, OGC Chief Technology
Officer. “The addition of the registration process enabled by ebRIM
does not deprecate the search and discovery services provided by the
Z39.50 and CORBA protocol bindings and the ISO Metadata Application

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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