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OGC GeoTIFF Standard Working Group updates work items; public comment sought on new charter

By Eric Van Rees - 26th January 2021 - 07:41

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on the draft updated charter for the GeoTIFF Standard Working Group (SWG), which introduces several new tasks for the SWG.

Comments are due by February 11, 2021.

The Geographic Tagged Image File Format (GeoTIFF) specification, as an extension to the public domain TIFF format, has been used for sharing geographic image data successfully for years across many platforms and software environments. GeoTIFF defines a set of TIFF tags that describe the "cartographic" information associated with TIFF imagery originating from satellite imaging systems, scanned aerial photography, scanned maps, digital elevation models, or as a result of geographic analyses.

The initial scope of the GeoTIFF SWG was to incorporate the GeoTIFF specification into the OGC standards suite by updating the specification to bring it into conformance with current OGC practices. The resulting Standard, GeoTIFF v1.1 was adopted as an OGC Community Standard in 2019. The original scope of the GeoTIFF also specified that the SWG would: provide a forum for evolving the standard in the future; maintain compatibility with existing geoTIFF community implementations and practices; and that future evolution would be done in close cooperation with the existing geoTIFF community.

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