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The Spatial Data on the Web Working Group has now completed its work but discussions continue in the Spatial Data on the Web Interest Group! Interested parties are encouraged to join the Interest Group and follow discussions on the public-sdwig@w3.org mailing-list (with public archives)

Mission

The mission of the Spatial Data on the Web Working Group was to clarify and formalize the relevant standards landscape. In particular:

  • to determine how spatial information can best be integrated with other data on the Web;
  • to determine how machines and people can discover that different facts in different datasets relate to the same place, especially when 'place' is expressed in different ways and at different levels of granularity;
  • to identify and assess existing methods and tools and then create a set of best practices for their use;

where desirable, to complete the standardization of informal technologies already in widespread use.

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The Spatial Data on the Web WG was part of the Data Activity and was explicitly chartered to work in collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), in particular, the Spatial Data on the Web Task Force of the Geosemantics Domain Working Group. Formally, each standards body has established its own group with its own charter and operated under the respective organization's rules of membership, however, the 'two groups' worked together very closely to create a set of common outputs expected to be adopted as standards by both W3C and OGC and to be jointly branded.

Read the charter

Deliverables

The Working Group developed and published the following documents:

Specification title Published versions Publication date
Spatial Data on the Web Use Cases & Requirements Working Group Note
Editor's Draft
25 October 2016
Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group Note
Editor's Draft
28 September 2017
Time Ontology in OWL Recommendation
Editor's Draft
19 October 2017
Semantic Sensor Network Ontology Recommendation
Editor's Draft
19 October 2017
Publishing and Using Earth Observation Data with the RDF Data Cube and the Discrete Global Grid System Working Group Note
Editor's Draft
28 September 2017
QB4ST: RDF Data Cube extensions for spatio-temporal components Working Group Note
Editor's Draft
28 September 2017
Overview of the CoverageJSON format Working Group Note
Editor's Draft
11 July 2017

Additional information about some of the deliverables is available in dedicated pages:

Wide Review

The Wide Review page records efforts to secure review of documents.

Evidence of adoption

Timeline

The group published final versions of all the deliverables it developed in October 2017. No further work is planned in the Working Group.

The Spatial Data on the Web Interest Group was created in October 2017 to discuss further joint areas of interest for OGC and W3C, and maintain the documents produced by this Working Group.

Useful Pages


Infrastructure & Contacts

The WG's main communication channel is its mailing list. This is publicly archived but only WG members may post to it.

You are welcome to send comments to the WG through the public comment mailing list [archive]

The WG creates and maintains editors' drafts in its GitHub Repository.

WG co-chairs: Kerry Taylor, Australian National University, and Ed Parsons, Google

Team contacts: François Daoust (W3C), Scott Simmons (OGC)

You can contact the chairs and team directly via <team-sdw-chairs@w3.org>

Full list of WG participants

GitHub repository


Meetings

See the separate Meetings page for links to agendas, minutes, dial in details etc.

No more Face to Face meeting planned for the Working Group. The WG held face to face meetings twice a year, typically at OGC TC meetings and W3C TPAC. The creation of a follow-up Spatial Data on the Web Interest Group within W3C is under discussion. If created, that interest group will meet at TPAC 2017 in Burlingame, California, 6-10 November 2017.

See also the program of Technology Talks.


Publications, Presentations, Media about the Working Group