[GeoSciML] Web Best Practice Interop Experiment

Alexander Kmoch alexander.kmoch at aut.ac.nz
Wed Oct 4 10:28:14 EDT 2017

Hi Eric,

I am now at the Department of Geography at Tartu University in Estonia. 
Tartu University, and as far as I know the Estonian Land Board (the 
single major SDI govt data provider in Estonia) are not an OGC member 
(yet), but I know they have some good databases and interest on some 
international work and exposure of their data. Besides my time I also 
have some small funding available to do things.

In my own current project, funded for two years, I will be working a lot 
on automated data access from OGC web data sources and it be great to 
align it with best practices .. and thereby advance and try new best 

Looking forward to hear from you.


On 25.09.2017 15:04, Boisvert2, Eric (NRCan/RNCan) via GeoSciML wrote:
> At the last GeoSciML SWG, I proposed the idea of conducting an OGC 
> interoperability experiment for GeoSciML.  Some participants showed 
> interest at the meeting (NZ, Canada, France) and we’d like to expand the 
> discussion of the feasibility and interest into a formal OGC IE.
> There are several drivers for an IE:
> -W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices 
> (https://www.w3.org/TR/sdw-bp/)  and  Data on the Web Best Practices 
> (https://www.w3.org/TR/dwbp/) which recommend a series of best practices 
> to publish data on the web.  Those best practices have a strong bias 
> toward JSON and RDF.  GeoSciML use cases are build on top of WFS/GML 
> technologies, which are considered best practices, but have gaps 
> regarding discoverability.   BTW. If you haven’t looked at this document 
> (https://www.w3.org/TR/sdw-bp/)  I strongly recommend you read it – it’s 
> packed with a lot of good stuff.
> - There is a shift from XML to JSON (GeoJSON and JSON-LD) in the web 
> developer community and again, the current GeoSciML does not provide an 
> official GeoJSON encoding.
> oJSON-LD relies (?) on the existence of a RDF “schemas” to map JSON 
> properties.
> oProducing new encoding for GeoSciML requires some testing, which we 
> performed through interop experiments in the past.
> -OneGeology management board has express their interest into 
> modernising/improving OneGeology portal. The technical team held a 
> workshop and drafted a report recommending implementing some of the 
> W3C/OGC Best practices (see 
> http://www.onegeology.org/meetings/technical_meetings.html - look for 
> Austria meeting)
> -Governments agencies embarked in Linked Data through various internal 
> (GSC Groundwater Information Network for example) or collaborative 
> projects (ELFIE Interop experiment for example : 
> http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/elfie) .
> Of course, interop experiments demand time and effort and we won’t get 
> into this if there is no interest and/or resource.
> So: Show of hands. are there any interest into a IE on W3C/OGC best 
> practices ?  Obviously, scope and details of the IE are up for discussion.
> Eric Boisvert
> Expert  TI-GI / IT-IM Expert
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