[OGC Press Release] OGC Forms GeoSynchronization Services Standards Working Group

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Thu Nov 4 17:17:24 EDT 2010

For information about this announcement, contact:

Steven Ramage
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
sramage at opengeospatial.org
Phone: +47 9862 6865


4 November 2010. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces
the formation of a GeoSynchronization Service Standards Working Group
(SWG). (  http://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=39476 ).

Frequently, geospatial content providers must collaborate with outside
entities to collect new data and/or update their existing data
holdings. This may be the case, for example, when municipal,
state/provincial and/or federal agencies synchronize their data with
closest-to-source providers. Another case is when content providers
are crowd-sourcing (see   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing ) 
their data production or supporting volunteer geographic information 

There is a need for an open interface to services that mediate
interaction between geospatial data providers, the content
repositories, and the external entities acting as data collectors. The
service must support data entry with validation and notification of
changes to interested parties, and also must allow replication of the
data content submitted to multiple repositories.

The OGC Candidate GeoSynchronization Service Standard describes an
open standard interface to a software service that allows data
collectors to propose changes to be made to a data provider's
geospatial features (such as data about property lines, city
population, vehicle location, etc.). A change proposal can be made to
create new data or to modify/delete existing data. Proposed changes
are reviewed (either manually or automatically) and are either
accepted or rejected. Accepted changes are applied to the appropriate
repositories. The service also maintains a log of all changes applied
to each feature.

Charter Members of the new standards activity are CubeWerx, The Carbon
Project, GeoConnections - Natural Resources Canada, U.S. Army
Geospatial Center (AGC), U.S. Geological Survey, Ministère des
resources naturelles et de la faune du Québec (MRNF), and the
U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 400 companies,
government agencies, research organizations, and universities
participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions
that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and
mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make
geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any
application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC
website at   http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

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