This is a good thing for both the standards setting community and the open source community: OGC and OSGeo Sign Memorandum of Understanding | OGC® With respect to goals and objectives, both communities have an obvious natural affinity. I’m encouraged to see this finally happened.
January 10th, 2009 · No Comments · FOSS4G, Geographic, OpenSource, standards
September 28th, 2008 · No Comments · data, standards
Via Slashdot, this article suggests that the public would be better served by exposing government data through a simple standards-compliant data infrastructure. In his Computerworld post, Patrick Thibodeau cites the example of JDLand blog in how the public (bloggers, in this case) might make use of a standardized public data infrastructure. More here: Let’s turn [...]
April 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Geographic, standards
Yep, that’s right. It was Announced today. KML is now an OGC specification, and no longer a proprietary Google spec. Good news all around. Here’s the link.
March 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Geographic, Placenames, standards
The good folks at Geonames blog report that two new countries have been added to their database. These are Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, which were formerly part of the French overseas department of Guadeloupe. The ISO newsletter leads me to believe that updates to ISO 3166 occur outside of the normal 5 year update [...]