Comment Period Open for GeoPackage Specification Draft

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has published a draft GeoPackage specification for comment. The GeoPackage specification attempts to create a non-proprietary means for packaging and exchanging all geospatial data in all its forms (vector, raster, and tiles). A couple of things that jump out at me:

  • It calls out SQLite as the reference implementation of a GeoPackage container
  • It calls out SpatiaLite 4 as the reference implementation of a vector feature store
  • It does not call out a reference implementation for rasters or tiles
  • It does not mention exchange of cartography.

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Getting Ready for JS.geo

I’m looking forward to next week’s JS.geo event in Denver. It is a small event, spearheaded by Chris Helm of Esri, that focuses on the use of Javascript in geospatial applications. Although I have been more vocal in my recent explorations with Python, I’ve probably done as much, if not more, work with Javascript over the past 18 months.

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Arkansas Evaluating Geospatial Cloud Infrastructures

My company has recently begun working on a project for the Arkansas Geographic Information Office (AGIO) to evaluate options for potentially migrating the GeoStor geospatial infrastructure to a cloud computing environment. If you are unfamiliar with GeoStor, it is the official geospatial platform for the State of Arkansas and is maintained by AGIO. I realize, as does AGIO, that “the cloud” has become a buzzword that has lost any meaningful context. So, for purposes of discussion, we’ll go with the NIST draft definition available here: http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/800-145/Draft-SP-800-145_cloud-definition.pdf.

For this effort, we are open to considering any service model but we have strict guidance that the only deployment model of interest is the public cloud model. Continue reading “Arkansas Evaluating Geospatial Cloud Infrastructures”

WhereCampDC Is Set

I just learned from Kate Chapman that the date for WhereCampDC has been set. It will be Saturday, June 11th. If you are interested in attending, you can register through EventBrite here. Move fast because it’ll probably fill up quickly!

Despite all the of geospatial activity in this region, there has been a dearth of conference activity. The Esri FedUC has been the only game in town for years so WhereCampDC is a welcome addition to the scene. Also, the very structured conference environment around here could stand a little injection of “un” into its veins. 🙂

Oh yeah, there’ll be lightning talks on the 10th, too!

See you there!