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BGS GeoPackage, Energistics ETP 1.2, Industrial Internet Consortium Forum, IOGP Report 592 (subsea capping), IOGP/EPSG data model, ISO and AI, Open Geospatial Consortium catalog service, PPDM facilities training, PPDM Pusdatin, BGS and the new world magnetic model.

BGS, the British Geological Survey is to convert its open data to the GeoPackage format and release it ‘with styling included’. GeoPackage allows geospatial data to be delivered in an open, non-proprietary and platform-independent format.

Energistics has opened its Energistics Transfer Protocol 1.2 for public review and comment. ETP is a two-way web socket-based connection solution tailored to oil and gas data challenges. ETP 1.2 reduces data latency from a 10-15 second baseline typical of SOAP protocols to about 1 second, while its use of binary encoding requires 10x less bandwidth compared to XML. The comments period ends March 31, 2020.

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has opened a community forum for industry experts to exchange ideas and discuss IIoT problems. The forum was established by the IIC Digital transformation and Ecosystem work groups which ‘worked tirelessly’ to evaluate options and launch the forum. Check out the IIC Community Forum.

IOGP Report 592, ‘Subsea capping response time model toolkit user guide’ provides a how-to guide to users of the IOGP’s response time model toolkit for subsea capping released as described in IOGP Report 594, Source control (aka ‘blowout’) emergency response planning guide for subsea wells.

IOGP has also upgraded the EPSG Dataset data model, following the publication of the revised ISO 19111 data model. Changes include identification of dynamic (plate motion) datums and CRSs and a new ‘datum ensemble’ construct, grouping together successive realizations of a datum. The latest model V10.0 is available from the EPSG website. More on the upgrade from IOGP.

The Nov/Dec 2019 Issue of ISO Focus described work in progress on the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 artificial intelligence standard. Created under the auspices of ISO/IEC JTC 1, the information technology arm of ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), subcommittee SC 42, ISO/IEC claims to be, ‘the only standards body looking at AI holistically’.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced the OGC API Records standards working group which is to develop a new version of the OGC catalogue service for the world wide web. The new version will remedy shortcomings in the current catalogue and align better with the W3C’s spatial data on the web best practices. The shift is also to leverage modern tools such as OpenAPI. More from OGC. The OGC has also approved the OSGEO Foundation’s PyGeoAPI with a compliance certification and reference implementation status. PyGeoAPI is a Python server implementation of the OGC API above, allowing deployment of a RESTful OGC API endpoint using OpenAPI, GeoJSON, and HTML. PyGeoAPI is open source and released under an MIT license. More from OSGEO.

PPDM, the Professional petroleum data managers association is sounding out the industry on a new venture into training in oil and gas facilities. The facilities training needs survey (which has just closed) is designed to help PPDM understand how it can best serve the industry and to evaluate a possible expansion of its professional development portfolio to facilities data. We sense a future PPDM ‘What is a facility’ publication.

PPDM also reports that the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has endorsed its eponymous data model as an industry standard and is to ‘formally reference’ the PPDM Data Model 3.9 as an ‘industry open standard’. PPDM 3.9 will underpin a metadata catalog of Indonesian data and will also become the foundation of a national data repository, built and administered using PPDM standards as the foundation. The NDR is to be built by Pusdatin, the Pusat Data and Informasi/Center for Data and Information Technology.

BGS has published an explainer on ongoing changes to the earth’s magnetic field that have created a need for a new global geomagnetic model. According to satellite data, the magnetic north pole is moving across the Arctic region at its fastest rate in 400 years. BGS and the US NOAA rejig the world magnetic model every five years. The WMM is used in many global navigation systems. The latest model shows magnetic north racing across the Northern Hemisphere at around 50 km per year, as it moves from the Canadian Arctic towards Siberia, the fastest shift since the mid 16th Century.

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