Geodata Committee Meeting 20060329
Public Geospatial Data Committee Meeting 2006-Mar-29
Chair: Jo Walsh Minutes: Schuyler Erle IRC: #osgeo channel on irc.freenode.org Date: 2006-Mar-29 (at least in the Americas and Europe) Time: Wednesday March 29, 15:00 UTC
- Review minutes from last meeting
- Actions from previous meeting
- Advertise the need for working group members (volunteers?) to the main discuss list [Done]
- Proposed workgroups:
- Each working group will propose action items (in near future)
- Itemize old business items here please
- Open Geodata Project portal
- Create a welcome page
- Starting to put together our requests for data services on the OSGeo repository at telascience
- Discussion of progress on the INSPIRE Directive on sharing environmental information within Europe and how EU-based people can help raise awareness at a national level before the final vote in the European Parliament
- Please Add Agenda Items
David Bitner, Daniel Brookshier, Steve Coast, Schuyler Erle, John Graham, Florian Kindl, Mikel Maron, Jeff McKenna, Perry Nacionales, Markus Neteler, Daniel Putler, Norman Vine, Jo Walsh, Frank Warmerdam
Noted that three working groups came out of the previous meeting: geodata discovery, packaging, licensing. Participants are encouraged to sign up for the working groups. Agreed that working groups should set meeting times via the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
- Project portal lives at http://geodata.osgeo.org/, currently just a first draft. The committee votes to add a screenshot or two.
- Some discussion of whether to keep the portal page or move everything to the wiki. Agreed that we need a single clean URL to hand people. Also agreed that standards for public presentation of committees are somewhat unclear.
- Resolved that we should pile content into the project wiki page, which will then be ported into the portal's SVN next week. Jo volunteers to share SVN access with any committee member who wants to help maintain the portal site.
- John Graham and Norman Vine have volunteered to provide hosting for geodata download and (possibly?) services at the San Diego Supercomputing Center. John is already hosting LandSat and Blue Marble there.
- Recommended we put together a "one-stop" catalog for public geodata access.
- Discussion of whether to provide download or OGC-compliant web services. Agreed we ultimately want to provide both.
- List of data sets added to Geodata Discovery Working Group page.
- Recommended we set up a ticket tracker or equivalent to submit URLs of geodata sources to.
- Some discussion of distributed WMS tiling. Agreed that this is a thing that some of us want to work on. EOGEO hosts a mailing list for this purpose, which interested parties should join.
- Agreed that any services or data hosted by the foundation should be discoverable with OGC protocols.
- Some discussion of division of labor: metadata for the Discovery group, hosting for the Packaging group. Debate over whether it makes sense to keep them separate or not. Agreed that the two groups can fold together if it turns out to be necessary.
- Discussion of FGDC metadata standards, and applicability outside the US. Recommended we consider FGDC compatibility.
- Discussion of multiple levels or 'bars' of compatibility / usefulness.
- Come up with a draft proposal for what makes OSGeo-hosted data "metadata-complete", ideally example driven.
- Discuss with OGC people who have considered the matter closely.
- Also discuss with Mapdex people et al., solicit their advice, involvement.
- Contemplate drafting standard letters to enable scientists to free their project data ("how to convince my boss")
- Contemplate creating user interfaces for creating metadata, e.g. http://www.fgdc.gov/metadata/geospatial-metadata-tools
INSPIRE Directive Discussion
- The European Union INSPIPRE directive is a framework for sharing environmental information which has grown to include a lot of cadastral, addressing, etc information.
- INSPIRE's guarantee of public rights to view or access public geodata is slowly dwindling to nothing through the EU legislative process.
- http://publicgeodata.org/ActOnInspire has a quick outline of what is happening with INSPIRE.
- How you can help!
- Sign the petition against INSPIRE if you are an EU citizen.
- Send testimonies or statements of support from business and academic groups identifying the direct benefits of public geodata access, ideally with hard numbers.
- Contact your MEPs and national legislators and express to them how important public access to geodata is.
- Put a banner on your web page.
The IRC log of the meeting: http://logs.qgis.org/osgeo/%23osgeo.2006-03-29.log