OGC announces new Discrete Global Grid Systems Standards Working Group

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces the formation of a new OGC Technical Committee Standards Working Group (SWG) in order to propose terms for a standard to enable interoperability through the use of Discrete Global Grid Systems (DGGS).

Unlike the widely used coordinate reference systems that represent the Earth as a continual lattice of points, a DGGS represents the Earth with a tessellation of nested cells. A DGGS is designed to ensure a repeatable representation of measurements that is better suited to today's requirements and technologies than our legacy coordinate systems that were designed for repeatable navigation and manual charting.

The OGC members convening this group invite the public to comment on the DGGS SWG charter and will consider comments received via email to charter-requestsatopengeospatial [dot] org before 11 April 2014.