The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has invited responses to a Request for Technology (RFT) for the Geographic Objects Initiative Phase 1 (GO-1).
The vision for the Geographic Objects Initiative is to define platform- independent and implementation-neutral interface models of specific geographic services or component objects. The specific Geographic Object interfaces to be modeled relate to mapping processes (render or query, for example) or an input or output of those processes (a coordinate or a map, for example). Creating high-level interface models to given Geographic Objects in the Unified Modeling Language (UML) will allow developers to take advantage of the valuable components on any development platform required. GO-1 sponsors and supporters, including government organizations in the United States, are seeking these models because they allow straightforward reuse of existing capabilities for new projects, an important goal of software systems development.
The Geographic Objects Initiative aims to develop an open set of consistent, lightweight, language-independent interface models for describing, managing, rendering, and manipulating map displays, features, coordinate spaces and other topics that can support development of applications on multiple distributed computing platforms. These Geographic Objects will provide the building blocks that are necessary for cross platform operations.