Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Esri REST API Could Be an OGC Standard



Now I’m sorry if I butchered that name, I don’t recall being briefed on what the API Is called these days.   It appears that over last weekend Esri announced that they were “giving” their REST API to OGC as a standard.  Big news if you ask me given that the OGC has just never been able to get an OGC REST Standard adopted.  Plus it might make more sense given that the Esri REST API is pretty damn awesome and you got to think that the OGC would rather have awesome over a committee standard that no one uses.

One curious outcome of this is that we could now have a JSON standard in OGC, in this case Esri JSON.  GeoJSON, despite the fact that almost everyone uses it, is a community standard  not an OGC one (like GeoRSS).  If the OGC adopts the Esri JSON standard in the REST API, we could finally have a JSON standard for the INSPIRE project   Brian Flood thinks it make sense and I tend to agree with him.  Bill Dollins isn’t so sure.

If this is all going to happen, we’ll see a couple things come out of this.  First off we’ll probably see Geoserver and Mapserver start supporting this standard  which means that Esri Desktop users can add these servers without having to use WMS or WFS.  It also may mean that clients such as QGIS, gvSIG and OpenLayers will have native Esri REST API 5 reading.

If OGC was an open organization, we’d probably know more.  Heck, something to talk about at the UC next month, right?

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