OGC Standards Are the "Bedrock" of Global Geology Mapping Project

WAYLAND, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 28, 2008— Standards developed by the members of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) play a key role in OneGeology ( www.onegeology.org), a global project to produce the first digital geological map of the world. OneGeology, launched in August, 2008 at the 33rd International Geological Congress in Oslo, Norway, is now supported by 94 nations and seven international umbrella bodies. It is the flagship project for the UN International Year of Planet Earth 2008.

Geological maps are essential for finding natural resources, mitigating geohazards, and managing waste. Knowledge of geology has become increasingly important and sharing that knowledge is crucial. Through the OneGeology effort:

1. Geological maps from around the globe are accessible on the World Wide Web.

2. A new Web language has been written for geology which allows nations to share data with each other and the public.

3. The know-how to do this is being exchanged so that all nations, regardless of their development status, can take part and benefit.

Standards make OneGeology possible. For example, GeoSciML ( http://www.geosciml.org/), is a Web-based geoscience encoding standard developed by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) ( www.iugs.org/) Interoperability Working Group. GeoSciML is an "application schema" of GML ( http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/gml), the OGC's OpenGIS(R) Geography Markup Language Encoding Standard (GML ISO DIS 19136) for representation of geospatial features and geometry. GeoSciML also uses the OpenGIS Observations and Measurements (O&M) Encoding standard ( http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/om). In addition to GeoSciML, OneGeology uses the OpenGIS Web Map Service Interface Standard ( http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/wms) and other OGC standards. Without such standards, geology data clients and servers around the world would not be able to interoperate across the Web as OneGeology nodes.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 365 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® 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.


Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC)
Sam Bacharach, +1-703-352-3938
Director, Outreach
Email Contact

Review Article Be the first to review this article


Featured Video
Peggy AycinenaWhat Would Joe Do?
by Peggy Aycinena
Acquiring Mentor: Four Good Ideas, One Great
More Editorial  
SENIOR ASIC Design Engineer for TiBit Communications at Petaluma, CA
Sr. staff ASIC Design Engineer -2433 for Microchip at San Jose, CA
Manager, Field Applications Engineering for Real Intent at Sunnyvale, CA
Upcoming Events
DeviceWerx - 2016 at Green Valley Ranch Casino & Resort Las Vegas NV - Nov 3 - 4, 2016
2016 International Conference On Computer Aided Design at Doubletree Hotel Austin TX - Nov 7 - 10, 2016
ICCAD 2016, Nov 7-10, 2016 at Doubletree Hotel in Austin, TX at Doubletree Hotel Austin TX - Nov 7 - 10, 2016
Electric&Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium 2016 at Conference Centre East. Koelnmesse (East Entrance) Messeplatz 1 Cologne Germany - Nov 9 - 10, 2016
S2C: FPGA Base prototyping- Download white paper

Internet Business Systems © 2016 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy