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January 31st, 2008
OGC(R) Approves Observations & Measurements Encoding Standard

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PR – The members of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) have approved
version 1.0 of the OpenGIS® Observations &
Measurements (O&M) Encoding Standard.

The O&M standard defines an abstract model and an XML schema encoding
for observations and measurements. This framework is required for use by
other OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards as well as for general
support for OGC compliant systems dealing in technical measurements in
science and engineering. As a new international consensus standard in an
era of increasing scientific cooperation, O&M promises to play an
important role in Web-based publishing of real-time and archived
scientific data across research disciplines and application domains.

The aim of O&M is to define terms used for measurements and the
relationships between them, mainly to improve the ability of software
systems to discover and use live and archived digital data produced by
measuring systems. When scientists and engineers encode data in O&M,
they can easily publish the data (or live data feeds) in catalogs and
registries so others can efficiently discover, access and use the data,
using relatively simple software. The scope of the specification covers
observations and measurements whose results may be quantities,
categories, temporal and geometry values, coverages, and composites and
arrays of any of these.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 345 companies,
government agencies, research organizations, and universities
participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
geospatial standards. OpenGIS(R) 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. Visit the OGC website at

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