25th March 2015
Independent marine data management and GIS specialists, OceanWise, and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) hosted an Open Forum on Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) followed by the 6th International Hydrographic Organisation’s MSDI Working Group (IHO MSDIWG) meeting at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Terminal 5 near Heathrow Airport, London from 3rd-6th March. The theme of the Open Forum was “Building a Maritime Spatial Data Infrastructure – are the principles at odds with strategies for delivery?”
This annual event, held in the UK for the first time, brought together practitioners and decision makers from all over the world, including as far afield as Canada and Japan, all with a common interest in developing and delivering data management best practice across the hydrographic and oceanographic communities. Topics covered by the Open Forum and subsequent Working Group meeting included the four ‘pillars’ of SDI, namely: policy and governance; data and metadata; information systems and standards.
The Open Forum was attended by invited guests from government, commerce and the third sector. Presentations included: the requirement for MSDI as an enabler for e-navigation; ‘open data’ and the economic stimulus for making data more accessible, the benefits of ‘linked data’; the role of the EU’s INSPIRE Directive in supporting marine geospatial activities; using vertical reference frames to geodetically enable harmonised land-sea topography and the imperative to use consistent and robust standards. How ports and harbours and the UK military are benefiting from enterprise level MSDI was described and examples how the marine and maritime sectors are contributing to National SDIs in Norway, Canada and Germany were presented. All of these case studies showed the clear value and benefits to be accrued from making data more accessible through harmonisation and organisational interoperability.
25th March 2015
Fredericton, NB, Canada – March 16, 2015 – CARIS is pleased to announce the release of CARIS S-57 Composer 3.0, a desktop application for the production of electronic navigational products, including Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), Additional Military Layers (AML), Inland Electronic Navigational Charts (IENC) and Digital Nautical Charts (DNC).
For the first time users can now experiment with creating S-100 features within an existing production environment enabling them to do much more than simply convert data. Users can gain familiarity with the new complex and multiplicity attribute types, work with information types, assign a S-100 portrayal to features and work with the expanding registry of S-100 product specifications.
Utilizing the same workflows for creating S-57 and VPF products, users will be able to create sample S-100 datasets from scratch or convert existing S-57 and DNC data. The S-100 data can then be exported in formats like GML for immediate use in a range of geospatial applications.
25th March 2015
ENVITIA, a UK SME and world leader in Geospatial Intelligence solutions has been awarded the status by Crown Commercial Service to supply cloud based Geo Solutions to the public sector on the Digital Marketplace.
18th March 2015
BS 8766 'Names and identifiers of individuals and groups. Data structure for interoperability' was published in 2004, and is up for regular review. The AGI Standards Committee would like to hear from any members with experience of using this standard, good or bad, to contribute to the right decision about the British Standard - whether it should be confirmed as is, revised, or withdrawn.