WG: Linking Geospatial Data Workshop Report; Charter in Development (Advance Notice)

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WG: Linking Geospatial Data Workshop Report; Charter in Development (Advance Notice)

Stasch, Christoph
This may be of interest for some of you.



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Sensor scientists and developers,
You may well be interested in this W3C announcement last week. In particular, there is a new working group to be formed to develop standards/recommendations of  both the W3C and the OGC, and one of those will be the SSN-XG semantic sensor network ontology!


I am certainly planning to take part in this -- and I hope you can too!


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From: Coralie Mercier [mailto:[hidden email]]
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Subject: Linking Geospatial Data Workshop Report; Charter in Development (Advance Notice)

Dear Advisory Committee Representative,

The report from the Linking Geospatial Data workshop in London [1] is now

The report contains a summary of each of the major themes discussed and conclusions arising from them. The workshop was supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Google (specifically Ed Parsons from Google Maps), the UK mapping agency Ordnance Survey and the UK government's Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. W3C's participation was funded by the EU-funded SmartOpenData project [2].

Participants included many geospatial experts from both the government and private sectors, and the presented papers focused on integrating geospatial information systems with the Web of Data. Although carefully advertised so as not to promote Linked Data to the exclusion of other methods, this emerged strongly as the preferred technology to enable that integration.

The overwhelming consensus of the workshop was that W3C should work with the OGC [3] to establish a joint working group to tackle the major roadblocks to integrating the two worlds. To that end, discussions between W3M and OGC towards an MoU are at an advanced stage and a draft charter is in preparation [4]. The mission of the joint OGC/W3C Geo Data on the Web working group would be to clarify and formalize the standards landscape around geospatial data on the Web. In

- to determine how geographic information can best be integrated with other data on the Web;

- to determine how machines and people can discover that different facts in different datasets relate to the same place, especially when 'place' is expressed in different ways and at different levels of granularity;

- to identify and assess existing methods and tools and then create a set of best practices for their use;

- to complete the standardization of informal technologies already in widespread use.

In a wider W3C context, this work would enable the provision of richer data services accessed by Web Applications using the Geolocation API [5] and offers exciting potential links with the work in progress on a charter for Web Annotations [6].

We welcome your general expressions of interest and support on <[hidden email]>. Please send any substantive comments in response to this email as appropriate to <[hidden email]>, which has a Member archive [7]. If you wish to make your comments public, please use <[hidden email]> (archive [8]).

For more information please contact Phil Archer <[hidden email]>.

A formal Advisory Committee Review of the Geo Data on the Web WG is expected in July.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2014/03/lgd/
[2] http://www.smartopendata.eu/
[3] http://www.opengeospatial.org/
[4] http://www.w3.org/2014/05/geo-charter
[5] http://www.w3.org/2008/geolocation/
[7] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-archive/
[8] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-talk/

  Coralie Mercier  -  W3C Communications Team  -  http://www.w3.org mailto:[hidden email] +336 4322 0001 http://www.w3.org/People/CMercier/

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