OGC Members update two best practices for Defence profiles of WMS and WFS


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Updates to the documents bring clarity, better support implementation, and address comments and change requests from OGC Testbeds and partners.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on updates to two Best Practice documents concerning Defence Profiles: DGIWG 122 Defence Profile of OGC’s Web Feature Service 2.0; and DGIWG 112 Defence Profile of OGC’s Web Map Service 1.3 - Revision. Comments are due by September 3, 2020.

OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Map Service (WMS) are two of OGC’s most popular standards and are broadly used in the defence community. OGC WFS provides location-based/geospatial data over the web for visualization or analysis, while OGC WMS provides pre-rendered maps over the web.

The Defence profiles for the standards were created by the Defence Geospatial Information Working Group (DGIWG) in order to address specific requirements, recommendations and guidelines for implementations of the OGC Web Map Service and OGC Web Feature Service standards. Together with the DGIWG profiles for Catalogue Service for the web (CSW), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS) they built the basis for NATO STANAG 6523 - Defence Geospatial Web Service Edition 1(2020).

The revisions to the documents:

  • address comments and change requests from OGC testbeds and partners
  • clarify and simplify requirements
  • add informative information to support implementation

The revised Best Practice documents are available from the OGC Portal: DGIWG 122 Defence Profile of OGC’s Web Feature Service 2.0; and DGIWG 112 Defence Profile of OGC’s Web Map Service 1.3 - Revision. Comments are due by September 3, 2020, and should be submitted via the method outlined on the DGIWG 122 Defence Profile of OGC’s Web Feature Service 2.0; and DGIWG 112 Defence Profile of OGC’s Web Map Service 1.3 - Revision public comment request pages.


About Defence Geospatial Information Working Group (DGIWG)

DGIWG is the multinational body established by a memorandum of understanding between the defence organisations of respective nations. Its main objective is to provide strategic guidance and recommendations to its membership on the standardisation of geospatial data, products, and services. It supports the requirements of NATO and the other alliances that members participate in, including UN sanctioned peacekeeping. DGIWG's geospatial standards and standardisation artefacts utilise existing international standards where practical. This includes geospatial web service standards developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). DGIWG profiles specific OGC Web Service standards as needed to address defence requirements.

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty free, publicly available geospatial standards. Existing at the cutting edge, OGC actively analyzes and anticipates emerging tech trends, and runs an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) lab that builds and tests innovative prototype solutions to members' use cases.

OGC members together form a global forum of experts and communities that use location to connect people with technology and improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating a sustainable future for us, our children, and future generations.

Visit ogc.org for more info on our work.


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