[Requests] Comments on OGC 11-030, OGC Open GeoSMS Standard - Core.

Antony Cooper ACooper at csir.co.za
Thu Apr 21 11:47:46 EDT 2011


PART A

1. Evaluator:
Mr Antony Cooper, CSIR.
Built Environment Unit, CSIR, PO Box 395, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.  Email: acooper at csir.co.za 

2. Submission:
OGC 11-030, OGC Open GeoSMS Standard - Core.


PART B

1. Requirement: [General, #] 
General

2. Implementation Specification Section number: [General, #]
General

3. Criticality: [Major, Minor, Editorial, etc.]
Major

4. Comments/justifications for changes: [Comments]
Clearly, there is a need for a standard format for exchanging spatial data using SMS.  However, this candidate standard has the appearance of being a "quick and dirty" solution, that will create problems in the future.  Up front, the standard should cater for a default or minimum set of data, but with well defined ways of expanding the data, such as to cater for 3D coordinates or to specify the language of the text message.  A lot more thought needs to go into the real purpose of this standard, before any work can actually be done on writing the standard.

1. Requirement: [General, #] 
Editorial

2. Implementation Specification Section number: [General, #]
3, reference 8

3. Criticality: [Major, Minor, Editorial, etc.]
Editorial

4. Comments/justifications for changes: [Comments]
The URL given for accessing the SMS standard seems to point to the wrong place.  Further, if it is an ISO standard, it should have a number and a date.

1. Requirement: [General, #] 
Technical

2. Implementation Specification Section number: [General, #]
5

3. Criticality: [Major, Minor, Editorial, etc.]
Major

4. Comments/justifications for changes: [Comments]
The standard seems to be an awkward mix of limited data for automated processing and messages for humans.  It would be better to have more data fields for automated processing (eg: to classify the nature of the message), so that the message could be routed to the correct place.

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