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KML now an international standard, owned by OGC

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

Monday, April 14, 2008
10 years ago2,598 views

Google announced that KML is now an international standard after going through an approval process with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) who now owns it and will maintain and extend it.

google-latlong.blogspot.com/20 ...

googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/0 ...

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

This is interesting timing because it adds significance to the introduction of KML in Microsoft Live Maps last week:

techcrunch.com/2008/04/11/micr ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

opengeospatial.org/ogc/members
The list is pretty long, but it is not yet an ISO standard.

Ben Allen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

It's only a matter of time before Yahoo and Ask do the same as M$.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]TOMHTML, I'm not sure what you're getting at, that's just a list of organizations that are members (Google is in that list). This wasn't about making KML an ISO standard, but an OGC-recognized open standard.

opengeospatial.org/pressroom/p ...

"KML version 2.2 was brought into the OGC consensus process by a submission team led by Google and Galdos Systems Inc."

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Yes Niraj, I've understood, but a big organization such as a country needs international standards. If France wants to store or share the coordinates of all its embassies, they will not use KML.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Well, it's not ISO but it is still an international standard, and Ars did a good job of describing the weight behind the OGC:

arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/ ...

And France has used their standards before:

ogcuser.opengeospatial.org/nod ...

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