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Open Geospatial Consortium considering Apple’s indoor mapping data format as community standard

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) recently announced that they’re seeking public comment for the draft Indoor Mapping format (IMDF) before adopting it as a Community Standard. Apple had originally developed and submitted the draft to OGC and therefore the comments are due by November 18, 2020.

The submission is supported by OGC members Apple, Autodesk, Esri, Google, NY City Department of data Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), Ordnance Survey Limited, and Safe Software.

Apple developed IMDF to deliver indoor maps for venues all round the world, making it possible for users of the Apple Maps app to seek out their way indoors and find out attractions, services, shopping, and dining.

Adoption of IMDF by OGC and therefore the wider mapping community would allow creating apps and services using an equivalent highly accurate and detailed map data on any app or website.

An OGC Community Standard is a political standard of OGC that was already available as a widely used, mature specification, but was developed outside of OGC’s standards development and approval process. The originator of the quality brings to OGC a “snapshot” of their work that’s then endorsed by OGC membership in order that it can become a part of the OGC Standards Baseline.

The candidate Indoor Mapping format (IMDF) Community Standard is out for review and discuss the OGC Portal. Comments are due by November 18, 2020 and will be submitted via the tactic outlined on the Indoor Mapping format (IMDF) Community Standard’s public comment request page.

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