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OGC features API adds more coordinate reference systems

Press Release 25 Nov - 12:40 SAST

OGC features API adds more coordinate reference systems

Press Release 25 Nov - 12:40 SAST

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) adopted the latest of its API standards: Features – Part 2: Coordinate Reference Systems by Reference, which adds the ability to use different coordinate reference systems. The standard is free to download and implement.

OGC APIs spatially enable web APIs in a consistent way by enabling a way to share and access location information that is consistent with the architecture of the web.

The new APIs uses the OpenAPI Specification (OAS), which provides an interface that enables humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of a service without having to refer to external documentation or guesswork.

Whereas OGC API – Features: Part 1 only specifies the use of WGS 84, Part 2 extends the ability to use any other coordinate reference system (CRS) as long as it is identified by a URI such as the CRSs managed in the EPSG register.

A key advantage to the OGC API – Features standard is the direct, fine-grained access to the data at the feature (object) level, providing flexibility for linking of resources on the web.

Through its APIs, the OGC is standardising how location information can be integrated: by any developer, with any other type of information, and into any type of application. Learn more at ogcapi.org.