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Friday, March 14, 2008

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and OASIS Collaborate on Standards

Progress on ongoing collaborative efforts was announced today by two
international standards consortia, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.
(OGC) and OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured
Information Standards). The groups have fostered an active commitment
to cooperation since signing a Memorandum of Agreement in 2006. The
two groups cite collaborative contributions and adoption of standards
for web services, emergency management, e-business, and security. The
groups point to Web services as a key area of their cooperation. With
the existing OGC Web Services (OWS) standards, most of the standards
needed to publish, discover and use Web-resident geospatial data and
services on the Web are in place. However, OWS must work in concert
with other Web services standards. That's why OGC members approved the
ebRIM (electronic business Registry Information Model) OASIS Standard
as the preferred cataloging meta-model foundation for future application
profiles of the OpenGIS Catalog Service Web (CS-W) Standard. In the
security space, the recently approved OGC GeoXACML standard represents
a spatial extension of the XACML (Extensible Access Control Markup
Language) OASIS Standard. GeoXACML was developed in close collaboration
with the OASIS XACML Technical Committee. OGC also plays an active
role in the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee, which
works to advance the fields of incident and emergency preparedness
and response. This committee developed the Common Alerting Protocol
(CAP) and Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) OASIS Standards.
OGC members helped define a GML application very similar to GeoRSS GML
for use in CAP and EDXL, as well as in other specifications under
development including the Extensible Address Language (xAL), and
Hospital Availability Exchange (HAVE). The OGC's Sensor Web Enablement
(SWE) standards reference CAP and other relevant OASIS alerting
standards including the OASIS Web Services Notification (WS-N) and
Asynchronous Service Access Protocol (ASAP) specifications. The OGC
works with OASIS to harmonize these standards with the SWE

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