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June 26th, 2008
OGC Seeks Input on Next Version of Geography Markup Language – GML

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PR — The Open Geospatial Consortium,
Inc. (OGC®) is inviting the public to offer change requests
for consideration by the OGC Technical Committee on a revision of the
OpenGIS® Geography Markup Language (GML) Encoding Standard. GML
defines a data encoding in XML for geographic data and a grammar
to express models of such data using XML Schema.

GML has come into wide use since it was first adopted as an OGC
standard in 2002. Implementations typically specify GML
application schemas. GML is consistent with the OGC’s entire open
geospatial standards platform. GML is the standard that
enables information communities and other standards organizations
such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OASIS to insert
geospatial components into their standards and be confident that their
standards will be compatible with mainstream information
infrastructure methods of conveying spatial/temporal information.

The current version of GML was approved last year and is also
published as ISO 19136:2007 by the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO). The OGC Technical Committee is reviewing the
need for changes in the standard and wants to receive suggestions from
the wider community. Change requests should be submitted by September
19, 2008. The OGC template for change requests is available at
http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/cr  and must be sent to
change-requests@opengeospatial.org.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 365
companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly
available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support
interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless
and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower
technology developers to make geospatial information and services
accessible and useful with any application that needs to be
geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at
http://www.opengeospatial.org.

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