[ESIP-all] OGC KML endorsed as a NASA Earth Science Data Systems Standard

Walter, Jeff (GSFC-4230) jeff.walter at nasa.gov
Wed Mar 19 20:19:58 EDT 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The ESDIS Project would like to announce that the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) KML (formerly known as the Keyhole Markup Language) standard is now endorsed as a NASA Earth Science Data Systems Standard.

KML allows easy browsing of high resolution data and makes Earth science data easily accessible to a wide range of end-users, many of whom might not ever have been able to access and view this kind of data before.  In fact, given that it emerged as a de-facto standard before being pulled into the OGC, many Earth science data producers have already elected to support this format.

The ESDIS Standards Office (ESO) conducted a review of this KML specification from the perspective of implementation and operational suitability.  During the review process, ESO received overall positive feedback from the NASA Earth science community, which includes users from data centers, universities and other research organizations, and covers a wide set of roles such as data producers, data consumers, data distributors, data system managers, and data curators.

More detailed information about KML  and its applicability to NASA Earth science data systems can be found at https://earthdata.nasa.gov/standards/ogc-kml .

Information about the current list of NASA Earth Science Data Systems Standards is at https://earthdata.nasa.gov/data/standards-and-references .

Best regards,
Jeff Walter
Deputy Project Manager/Technical
ESDIS Project (Code 423)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Office: 301-614-5372
Mobile: 757-739-9325
Email: jeff.walter at nasa.gov
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