[GeoSciML] Web Best Practice Interop Experiment

Passmore, James H. jpass at bgs.ac.uk
Fri Oct 6 08:30:55 EDT 2017

Hi Eric,

BGS would certainly want to be involved both as an organization in its own right and also through its participation in OneGeology technical team.

A direct link to the OneGeology Linked Open Data Workshop report you mention is:


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Subject: [GeoSciML] Web Best Practice Interop Experiment

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.

o   JSON-LD relies (?) on the existence of a RDF "schemas" to map JSON properties.

o   Producing 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

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