Standards stuff

OGC GeoSparql. CSIRO ‘secret’ borehole project. Oasis LegalXML. OGP shapes. PPDM UWI.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has released its GeoSparql standard, a set of Sparql functions, RIF rules and a core RDF/OWL vocabulary for geographic information.

Oasis is seeking nominations for two seats on its LegalXML steering committee. The group supports implementation of XML technology in electronic legal documents, records and information exchanges. Oasis has also launched a LinkedIn forum targeting standards for big data.

CSIRO researchers recently reported on the use of OGC standards for mapping borehole observations using a ‘true’ 1-D coordinate reference system. Recently adopted OGC standards CityGML 2.0 and GML 3.3 show promise in representing 3D objects and in deploying linear referencing as per borehole logging. CSIRO’s ‘secret Friday morning project’ leveraged GeoServer.

The OGP geomatics committee has added a ‘shapes’ component to its database of coordinate reference systems, a series of standard polygons used to accurately match coordinate reference systems to geographic locations.

The Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and other Western Canadian regulators have endorsed the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association’s (PPDM) proposed overhaul to Canada’s unique well identifier. The well identification Western Canada project follows on from PPDM’s overhaul of the USA API D12A well numbering system (Oil IT Journal June 2010).

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