Standards stuff

WEF, IOGP, BP launch JIP33. EPSG new release. Open Interconnect Consortium bags UPnP Forum. OGC’s new grid. W3C semantic GIS. Oasis’ universal business language. HueSpace disses SEG-Y.

The IOGP has just kicked off JIP 33, a joint industry standardization project with backing from ten major operators. JIP 33 seeks to standardize equipment specifications for procurement and is headed up by BP’s head of upstream engineering, Ian Cummins. The JIP also has the backing of the World Economic Forum and will initially focus on a proof of concept involving specs for ball valves, subsea trees and wellhead equipment and low voltage switchgear.

The European petroleum survey group (another IOGP unit) has released version 8.8 of the EPSG geodetic dataset with several updates and ‘significant’ revisions to data for Chile, Iraq, Israel and United States. Units of measure nomenclature has been aligned with Energistics’ UoM Standard v1.0 where appropriate.

The Open Interconnect Consortium has acquired ‘substantially all’ of the assets of the UPnP Forum, consolidating the organizations’ efforts around Internet of Things standardization.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is seeking public comment on a new candidate discrete global grid systems (DGGS) core standard. The DGGS promises ‘rapid integration of spatial data without the difficulties of working with legacy coordinate systems.’ Despite the unlikely claim, the representation of the earth as a sequence of hexagonal cell tessellations is worth a look.

OGC has also been working with the W3C on best practices publishing spatial data on the web, a concerted attempt to align GIS technology with the linked data/semantic web approach. A working draft document is available but, the authors warn, ‘clearly a lot remains to be done.’

Oasis has floated a new framework for electronic commerce. Currently widespread use of XML has led to the development of multiple industry-specific XML versions of such basic documents as purchase orders, shipping notices, and invoices. The OASIS universal business language (UBL) will define a generic XML interchange format for business documents that can be restricted or extended to meet the requirements of particular industries. UBL includes reusable data components such as ‘Address,’ ‘Item’ and ‘Payment’ along with XML schemas for common business documents such as order, dispatch advice and Invoice.

In a passionate blog posting, HueSpace’s Diderich Buch castigates the ‘error-prone, inefficient and bastardized’ seismic data recording format that is SEG-Y. The ancient standard has resisted a decades of improvements in storage, retrieval and indexing. Buch argues that a new standard is needed of container and meta-data, along with Hue’s specialty, data compression.

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