All Things Location

  • 1.  What is "open?"

    Pitney Bowes
    Posted 06-19-2019 16:21
    This set of guidelines courtesy of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC):

    • Open Standards - a common adopted/adjudicated formalization of how to do something
    • Open API - a documented interface (perhaps not a standard) that is readily and freely available for use
    • Open Patterns - the REST pattern being an example - follow it and a form of API becomes readily available
    • Open License - the rights to use the data without unreasonable obligations or ambiguity of rights and responsibilities 
    • Open Distribution - often associated with API - the right to distribute the runtime implementation of a capability or set of interfaces without unreasonable obligations or ambiguity of rights and responsibilities
    • Open Source - the distribution of the underlying source code for an API or any other capability or implementation. To be useful, it must be distributed under a license (such as creative commons) without undo obligations or ambiguity of rights and responsibilities.
    And let's add a few other "open" definitions

    • Open Data: the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. (Wikipedia)
    • OpenStreetMap:  a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. 
    • Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo): a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development.


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    Joe Francica
    PITNEY BOWES SOFTWARE
    Boulder CO
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