The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is requesting public comment on the proposed GeoRSS Community Standard.
First available in 2006, GeoRSS is a simple, yet powerful, approach for geo-enabling RSS/Atom feeds – that is, tagging them with location information. GeoRSS standardizes the way in which ‘where’ is encoded in feeds, so that applications can request, aggregate, share, and map geographic information from across the web. GeoRSS is extensible and upwardly-compatible with more sophisticated formats like the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML).
The initial goal for designing and documenting GeoRSS was to keep the encoding of geography on the Web from fracturing into various encodings, which would harm interoperability and restrict the flow of data. GeoRSS is also intended to be a lightweight way to express geography in other XML-based formats, including XHTML.
First OGC Community Standard for public comment
GeoRSS is the first OGC Community Standard to be released for public comment. An OGC Community Standard is an official position of the OGC endorsing a specification or standard developed external to the OGC.
One key aspect of a Community standard is that the specification is broadly implemented. GeoRSS is implemented in thousands of products and applications. The submission of GeoRSS as a proposed Community Standard was at the request of various government organizations to be a stable reference point that can be normatively referenced by governments and other organizations.
The OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) is an international not for profit organization committed to making quality open standards for the global geospatial community. These standards are made through a consensus process and are freely available for anyone to use to improve sharing of the world’s geospatial data.
OGC standards are used in a wide variety of domains including Environment, Defense, Health, Agriculture, Meteorology, Sustainable Development and many more.
The members come from government, commercial organizations, NGOs, academic and research organisations.