Distributed, online workshops to discuss best practices and potential standardization of map viewers built using the web platform
Maps of Montreal, past, present, and future. Maps for the Web, Sept−Oct 2020, #Maps4HTML

Participant Submissions & Other Background Material

Workshop particpants are invited to join the workshop gitter chat to exchange information with other participants, and the program committee. You'll need either a GitHub, GitLab or Twitter account to join.

This page collects background reading material from and for workshop participants.

Participant and Position Statements

Position statements can be submitted on behalf of an organization, or as an individual. Either way, they should be short introductions, to help other workshop participants understand your priorities and experience.

Related Standards, Proposals and Other Reports

Existing standards for online geospatial data provide relevant context; successful ones should be integrated into maps for the web, while less successful ones provide important warnings. Proposals can be compared and critiqued, to find the shared goals and strategies. Reports compiling requirements for different use cases provide a framework for measuring those proposals.

MapML and related proposals from the Maps for HTML Community Group

The Maps for HTML Community Group is a W3C community of individuals and organizations who share the objective of extending HTML with maps and location.

A primary focus of work has been a proposal for a native HTML map element, and a matching markup-based map layer data format, MapML:

Use Cases and Requirements for Standardizing Web Maps

An on-going effort by members of the Maps for HTML Community Group, to comprehensively summarize requirements for a native HTML web map viewer, by reviewing the capabilities of existing (JavaScript-based) map viewers currently used on the Web.

OGC standards for Web map services

World wide, spatial data infrastructures and Web map content are accessed through services that implement OGC standards, including:

There is a distinct trend towards JSON-ified hypermedia API versions of all of these legacy standards, making this content accessible to Web developers in a simplified fashion. The recently published OGC API - Features standard is a response, in part, to the growing popularity of Web APIs.

Software Projects and Geospatial Data

Many organizations, both open/non-profit and commercial, are actively working on Web map software and supporting data sets. Their experience is essential for a standardization effort.

GeoPose aims to be a universal standard for the geospatial position and orientation of any real or digital object.

The Open Geospatial Consortium's GeoPose community will hold a public Webinar on August 27th at 1100 EDT / 1500 UTC.