OGC Seeks Public Comment on Parts 1 & 3 of OGC Abstract Specification Topic 6 For Coverage Geometry and Functions


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Parts 1 & 3 of updated International Standard define the concept of Coverages as well as a processing language for extracting, filtering, processing, analyzing, and fusing multi-dimensional geospatial Coverages.

21 April 2023: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on Parts 1 (Fundamentals) & 3 (Processing Fundamentals) of the OGC Abstract Specification Topic 6: Schema for Coverage Geometry and Functions. Comments are due by May 21, 2023.

OGC Abstract Specification Topic 6: Schema for Coverage Geometry and Functions – Part 1: Fundamentals (also adopted as ISO 19123-1), defines, at a high, implementation-independent level, the notion of coverages as digital representations of space-time varying phenomena, corresponding to the notion of a field in physics. Such coverages can be discrete or continuous.

Part 1 of this new edition cancels and replaces the 2007 edition of Topic 6 which has been technically revised. The main changes are as follows: 

  • the document has been renamed as Part 1: Fundamentals to permit Part 3 in the OGC Abstract Specification Topic 6 and support ISO publication of a 3-part Coverage Standard (Part 2 is the same as the OGC Coverage Implementation Schema Standard); 
  • the text has been simplified for better understanding; 
  • concepts, while in principle unchanged, have been defined more rigorously and some errors have been corrected; 
  • the approach to standardization taken in the document has been changed. The new edition of the document defines a high-level, generic concept of coverages with an interface definition from which many different (not necessarily interoperable) implementation structures can be derived. 
  • all operations except evaluate() have been removed, for simplification purposes. ISO 19123-3 (aka Part 3: Processing Fundamentals) is to take over the operations part; 
  • the Scope has been extended to include Mesh; 
  • the concept of discrete and continuous coverages has been generalized to achieve an improved conceptual basis and to allow for coverages that are discrete along some domain axes and continuous along other domain axes.
  • updates in ISO 19103 have been reflected, and corresponding adjustments have been made where necessary; the informative Annex on “UML notation” has been deleted since this is now described in ISO 19103. 
  • all coordinate-related definitions are based on ISO 19111, and corresponding adjustments have been made in all places necessary; 
  • the definition of image CRS has been moved from ISO 19111 to this document; 
  • the definition of interpolation is now based on the interpolation definition of ISO 19107 in order to avoid duplicate and diverging definitions. 

OGC Abstract Specification Topic 6: Schema for Coverage Geometry and Functions – Part 3: Processing Fundamentals (also adopted as ISO 19123-3), defines, at a high, implementation-independent level, a coverage processing language for server-side extraction, filtering, processing, analytics, and fusion of multi-dimensional geospatial coverages representing, for example, spatiotemporal sensor, image, simulation, or statistics datacubes. Services implementing this language provide access to original or derived sets of coverage information, in forms that are useful for client-side consumption. Part 3 is a conceptual abstraction of the OGC Web Coverage Processing Service Standard.

OGC Members interested in staying up to date on the progress of this standard, or contributing to its development, are encouraged to join the Coverages SWG via the OGC Portal.

The candidate Abstract Specification Topic 6 Schema for Coverage Geometry and Functions – Part 1: Fundamentals (07-011r1) (.PDF) and Part 3: Processing Fundamentals (21-060r1) (.PDF) are available for review and comment on the OGC Portal. Comments are due by May 21, 2023, and should be submitted via the method outlined here.

 About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a collective problem-solving community of more than 550 experts representing industry, government, research and academia, collaborating to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

The global OGC Community engages in a mix of activities related to location-based technologies: developing consensus-based open standards and best-practices; collaborating on problem solving in agile innovation initiatives; participating in member meetings, events, and workshops; and more.

OGC's unique standards development process moves at the pace of innovation, with constant input from technology forecasting, practical prototyping, real-world testing, and community engagement.

OGC bridges disparate sectors, domains, and technology trends, and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas between different communities of practice to improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating an inclusive and sustainable future.

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