How Smart Cities can be a Platform for Innovation and Citizen-Delivered Services

Many cities around the world have moved to adopt the notion of open data. In most cases this means little more than putting some of their data onto an FTP site, typically encoded as ESRI Shape, KML, or GML files. . . . → Read More: How Smart Cities can be a Platform for Innovation and Citizen-Delivered Services

Data Governance Comes to the Fore

More and more corporations both large and small are realizing that their critical data is a key corporate asset, with just as much value — and just as much need to be governed and managed — as their physical assets. . . . → Read More: Data Governance Comes to the Fore

Google Earth Enterprise Bites the Dust

In 2005, Google shook up the GIS world when it introduced Google Earth. Its snappy, easy-to-use interface and global data coverage were very attractive, and people all over the world wanted a private Google Earth globe to exploit their own . . . → Read More: Google Earth Enterprise Bites the Dust

Open Data Management – Key to Open Data Utility

Open data is wonderful. But we must do more than simply make data available and place it on an FTP site. To make open data truly useful, we need a number of things which are not evident in most open . . . → Read More: Open Data Management – Key to Open Data Utility

Wide Area Information Systems with a Purpose – Aviation, Oil & Gas, etc.

The commercial aviation sector has coined the term SWIM, which stands for System Wide Information Management. In a SWIM system, there are many information services that are widely distributed and which are dynamically integrated to provide global access to information . . . → Read More: Wide Area Information Systems with a Purpose – Aviation, Oil & Gas, etc.

Registries – Beyond Databases: Part 3 – Full Geographic Support

This is the third post in our series about Registries, following on from:

Registries – Beyond Databases: Part 1 – A Better Place to Start Registries – Beyond Databases: Part 2 – Built-In Data Governance Registries – Beyond . . . → Read More: Registries – Beyond Databases: Part 3 – Full Geographic Support

Registry Service as a flexible GML Server

For many people, the OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) is the canonical GML data server because it is almost always used in this way. But there is an alternative means of using GML, and of serving GML data, that is . . . → Read More: Registry Service as a flexible GML Server

CRS Registry Supports Well-Known Text

Recently, the IOGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) announced support for the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) Well–Known Text (WKT) encoding for Coordinate Systems (see http://www.directionsmag.com/pressreleases/iogp-releases-coordinate-reference-system-definitions-in-well-known-text-fo/427321). . . . → Read More: CRS Registry Supports Well-Known Text

Why Does The Registry Part Matter?

In previous articles, we looked at the value of the CSW-ebRIM data model and took some pains to separate the ideas of the data model from the notions of a catalogue or registry — see “Richer Semantics for Geography – . . . → Read More: Why Does The Registry Part Matter?

Feature Equivalence and Canonical Representatives

According to ISO 19109 (General Feature Model), a feature is a model of some real world entity or phenomenon. Features can be concrete entities like buildings or roadways, abstract ones like municipal boundaries or even temporal events like the occurrence . . . → Read More: Feature Equivalence and Canonical Representatives