[ESIP-all] Fwd: [OGC Press Release] OGC Seeks Comments on NetCDF Climate and Forecast Data Encoding Standards

Carol Beaton Meyer carolbmeyer at esipfed.org
Tue Sep 7 18:45:03 EDT 2010

> From: OGC Press <announce at opengeospatial.org>
> Date: September 7, 2010 2:25:11 PM EDT
> To: media at lists.opengeospatial.org
> Subject: [OGC Press Release] OGC Seeks Comments on NetCDF Climate and Forecast Data Encoding Standards
> Reply-To: announce at opengis.org, announce at opengeospatial.org
> For information about this announcement, contact:
> Lance McKee
> Senior Staff Writer
> Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
> tel: +1-508-655-5858
> outreach at opengeospatial.org
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> September 7, 2010 - The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) members
> are seeking comments on OGC candidate standards Network Common Data
> Form (NetCDF) Core Encoding Standard, and NetCDF Binary Encoding
> Extension Standard - NetCDF Classic and 64-bit Offset Format.
> NetCDF (network Common Data Form) can be used to communicate and store
> many kinds of multidimensional data, although it was originally
> developed for the Earth science community. The NetCDF data model is
> particularly well suited to providing data in forms familiar to
> atmospheric and oceanic scientists: namely, as sets of related arrays.
> NetCDF is self-documenting, which means it can associate various
> physical quantities (such as location, pressure and temperature) with
> spatio-temporal locations (such as points at specific latitudes,
> longitudes, vertical levels, and times). Climate and Forecast (CF)
> Metadata Conventions are often used in conjunction with NetCDF as a
> means of specifying the semantic information that promotes the
> processing and sharing of climate and forecast data created with the
> NetCDF API. The semantic metadata is conveyed internally within the
> NetCDF datasets.
> NetCDF is developed, maintained and actively supported by the
> University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)  (
> www.ucar.edu [http://www.ucar.edu/] ).  This standard has been
> formally recognized by US Government NASA and NOAA standards bodies.
> With the other OGC members listed below, UCAR has introduced NetCDF as
> a candidate OGC standard to encourage broader international use and
> greater interoperability among clients and servers interchanging data
> in binary form. This is the initial step in a longer-term plan for
> establishing CF-netCDF as an OGC standard for binary encoding. This
> will enable standard delivery of data in binary form via several OGC
> service interface standards, including the OGC Web Coverage Service
> (WCS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Sensor Observation Service (SOS)
> Interface Standards.
> The following organizations submitted these candidate standards to the
> OGC:
> -  IMAA-CNR Italy
> -  Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) UK
> -  Northrop Grumman Corporation
> -  University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
> -  US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
> The candidate OGC standards and information about submitting comments
> on this document are available at
> http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/71. The public
> comment period closes on October 7, 2010.
> The OGC is an international consortium of more than 395 companies,
> government agencies, research organizations, and universities
> participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
> geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions
> that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and
> mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make
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Carol Beaton Meyer
Executive Director
Foundation for Earth Science
6300 Creedmoor Rd, Suite 170-315
Raleigh, NC 27612
919.870.7140 (phone)
919.870.7141 (fax)
carolbmeyer at esipfed.org

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