Anticipating an extra slow Friday for a number of reasons this might be a good time to get this off my chest. A sure way to bring down my “unique visitors” daily number is to include the word “standards” in the title, so if you got this far I am preaching to the choir, but here goes.
Why does the geospatial and for that matter the entire AEC and GIS ecosystems not see the value in standards, especially as they apply to data? Can you imagine the world that we live in without standards? For instance electrical power, telecommunications, transportation, entertainment. Now within those industries we can all cite examples of components that are not standard. What do we think of those?
The OGC has made some great strides on the issue of standards for geospatial data, but the vendors could be doing a lot more to be proactive on this front. Is the lesson not clear? Standards produce more business. Proprietary formats restrict the natural economic forces in the marketplace. It’s been at least 30 years since the PC opened up computing to the masses.
When will we do the same with data?