[Requests] Geometry encoding in JSON

Volker Mische volker at couchbase.com
Tue Jul 31 06:16:45 EDT 2012


PART A


1. Evaluator:
        Volker Mische, volker at couchbase.com

2. Submission:
        GeoServices REST API 12-054


PART B


1. Requirement:
        General

2. Implementation Specification Section number:
        General - Sections 9. Geometry information

3. Criticality:
        Major

4. Comments/justifications for changes:

The current draft uses its own way to encode geometries as JSON. Though
there is an already existing specification (which is not an OGC
standard) which is called GeoJSON [1]. It already provides an encoding
for the geometry types (Multi-)Point, (Multi-)LineString,(Multi-)Polygon
and Geometry Collections.

It is already supported by a huge number of projects that implement OGC
standards. To name a few: PostGIS, GeoServer, OpenLayers.

Hence I propose that GeoServices REST API uses the existing widely used
GeoJSON encoding, rather than inventing it's own one.

[1] http://geojson.org/


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