Re: [cf-pointobsconvention] Draft 2


John Caron wrote:

My intention is to make a single convention that would handle points,
stations, profiles, trajectories, and even other topologies not yet
thought of. So I think we are on the same page.

Thanks for mentioning shapefiles, I will review that format to see
what lessons are to be learned there.

The benefit of this exercise is to set standards for attributes
of the data and document them so they can be self describing.
I see this as a major downside to the shapefiles that I've dealt
with.  For example, there is no standard name  for latitude and
that can be listed  as an attribute  LAT,LA,CLAT, etc.

It would be nice if the GIS community could have the kind of
conventions for shapefiles that we have for netCDF.  In the
end, they are all just netCDF files, but the conventions help
define the structure and interoperability.

Don Murray                               UCAR Unidata Program
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