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FYI, SWE Common can serve to send very efficiently packaged datasets (binary, compressed binary) just like NetCDF does while providing robust metadata describing the datasets. These datasets can be N-D grid coverages, discrete coverages, or any other kind of sensor observations or model results. The point for us to build SWE Common rather than just reusing NetCDF was to support efficient random access in huge datasets and real time streaming data (which NetCDF is not designed for) with a single model. Both cases are supported and I am pretty sure we can generate a SWE Common encoded binary stream that is byte-to-byte compatible with the data section of a NetCDF file. Developing a module for the NetCDF API dealing with SWE Common would be quite trivial thanks to the harmonization work we have already done. Regards, ------------------------------------------------- Alexandre Robin Spot Image, Web and E-Business Tel: +33 (0)5 62 19 43 62 Fax: +33 (0)5 62 19 43 43 http://www.spotimage.com <http://www.spotimage.com> Before printing, think about the environment ________________________________ De : Robin, Alexandre Envoyé : jeudi 20 août 2009 10:01 À : 'Max Martinez'; Ben Domenico; Peter Baumann Cc : Unidata Techies; Unidata GALEON; wcs-2.0.swg; 'Carl Reed' Objet : RE: [WCS-2.0.swg] CF-netCDF standards initiatives Ben, I hope we don't have to define a NEW standard but rather work with you to see how we can treat your use cases with SWE Common (which already incorporates some NetCDF concepts and is VERY close to NcML). I already looked at the issue and writing a converter (even the 'on the fly' kind) between the two formats should be no problem at all. Bringing legacy formats (be them pseudo-defacto standards of a community) into OGC is NOT going to help interoperability across domains... Regards, ------------------------------------------------- Alexandre Robin Spot Image, Web and E-Business Tel: +33 (0)5 62 19 43 62 Fax: +33 (0)5 62 19 43 43 http://www.spotimage.com <http://www.spotimage.com> Before printing, think about the environment ________________________________ De : wcs-2.0.swg-bounces+alexandre.robin=spotimage.fr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:wcs-2.0.swg-bounces+alexandre.robin=spotimage.fr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] De la part de Max Martinez Envoyé : jeudi 20 août 2009 03:19 À : Ben Domenico; Peter Baumann Cc : Unidata Techies; Unidata GALEON; wcs-2.0.swg Objet : Re: [WCS-2.0.swg] CF-netCDF standards initiatives Ben, What exactly is an "OGC binary encoding standard"? Is CF-netCDF attempting to be the first of its kind or are there other examples? Max ________________________________ From: wcs-2.0.swg-bounces+max.martinez=erdas.com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:wcs-2.0.swg-bounces+max.martinez=erdas.com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ben Domenico Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 1:19 PM To: Peter Baumann Cc: Unidata Techies; Unidata GALEON; wcs-2.0.swg Subject: [WCS-2.0.swg] CF-netCDF standards initiatives Hello, Some confusion has resulted from the fact that we are pursuing two parallel efforts at standardizing CF-netCDF within the OGC. The first initiative began a few years ago. The goal is to establish CF-netCDF as an extension standard for WCS encoding of data in binary form. Stefano Nativi just sent out an email announcing the latest revision of the proposed "discussion paper" on that topic. This will be discussed and hopefully voted on at the September/October TC meeting. At the same time, we have a new initiative to establish CF-netCDF as a separate OGC binary encoding standard. This approach will result in a binary encoding which can be used with different access protocols, e.g., WFS or SOS as well as WCS. Of course, in the long run, our objective is to tie the two approaches together, but we do not want to impede progress on either right now by making them formally interdependent. A very rough draft of the core standard for CF-netCDF is on the GALEON wiki at: http://sites.google.com/site/galeonteam/Home/cf-netcdf-candidate-standard As you can see, the draft for the OGC core is based on the NASA Earth Science Data System standard (NASA ESDS-RFC-011v1.00). We hope to have this candidate standard in the proper OGC template form by the September/October TC and will have an ad-hoc session at which we plan to establish a SWG. Since there is already a large community of practice, endorsement by other standards groups (NASA and NOAA in the US), and solid reference implementations, we hope to move forward quickly with this standard. We would very much like to have as many liaisons as possible between the WCS and CF-netCDF working groups to ensure that they are kept in harmony. -- Ben