Best Practices for Publishing, Retrieving, and Using Spatial Data on the Web

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Linda van den Brink
Payam Barnaghi
Jeremy Tandy
Ghislain A. Atemezing
Rob Atkinson
Byron Cochrane
Yasmin Fathy
Raúl García-Castro
Armin Haller
Andreas Harth
Krzysztof Janowicz
Şefki Kolozali
Bart van Leeuwen
Maxime Lefrançois
Josh Lieberman
Andrea Perego
Danh Le Phuoc
Bill Roberts
Kerry Taylor
Raphael Troncy

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Pascal Hitzler

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Data owners are creating an ever richer set of information resources online, and these are being used for more and more applications. With the rapid growth of connected embedded devices, GPS-enabled mobile devices, and various organizations that publish their location-based data (i.e., weather and traffic services), maps and geographical and spatial information (i.e., GIS and open maps), spatial data on the Web is becoming ubiquitous and voluminous. However, the heterogeneity of the available spatial data, as well as some challenges related to spatial data in particular make it difficult for data users, web applications and services to discover, interpret and use the information in large and distributed web systems. This paper summarizes some of the efforts that have been undertaken in the joint W3C/OGC Working Group on Spatial Data on the Web, in particular the effort to describe the best practices for publishing spatial data on the Web. This paper presents the set of principles that guide the selection of these best practices, describes best practices that are employed to enable publishing, discovery and retrieving (querying) this type of data on the Web, and identifies some areas where a best practice has not yet emerged.
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