OGC announces the creation of new Environmental Data Retrieval
OGC announces the creation of new Environmental Data Retrieval API Standards Working Group
The new Working Group will create stable, standardized, service APIs based on simple data retrieval patterns, which will improve access to environmental data and information.
9 January 2020: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) today announced the formation of the Environmental Data Retrieval API Standards Working Group (SWG).
The Environmental Data Retrieval API SWG will standardize several APIs, defined using OpenAPI Version 3, to retrieve various common data patterns from a data store.
Much environmental data cannot be readily copied and distributed in sensible timescales for many uses - a true example of ‘Big Data’. However, users can use APIs to specify precisely the subset of data they need so that a service provider can extract and serve the requested data in a web-friendly manner. Data access is therefore not only simplified, with any complicated service implementation details hidden from the user, but also scalable - both in terms of the underlying data volumes and the number of supported simultaneous users.
Using stable, standardized, service APIs based on simple data retrieval patterns will therefore improve the access and use of environmental data and information across different domains, facilitating more innovation and value.
A goal of the...