Thursday, March 26, 2009

new Open Geospatial Consortium standards

Carl Kinkade posted this on the GIS listserve today:

Wayland, MA - The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) announces adoption and availability of the OpenGIS(R) Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) Interface Standard. The WCPS specification is available at

The OpenGIS® Web Coverage Service Interface Standard (WCS) defines a protocol-independent language for the extraction, processing, and analysis of multi-dimensional gridded coverages (see coverages) representing sensor, image, or statistics data. Services implementing this language provide access to original or derived sets of geospatial coverage information, in forms that are useful for client-side rendering, input into scientific models, and other client applications. Further information about WCPS can be found at the WCPS Service page of the OGC Network.

An online demonstration of WCPS with 1-D to 4-D use cases encompassing environmental sensor data, remote sensing, geophysics, and climate data is available at

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 370 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at

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