OGC Drops Esri Rest Specification

This is interesting. The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OGC) recently decided to withdraw the GeoServices REST Specification, known to many of us Esri users as the “ESRI REST API,” as a proposed standard. This looks like politics getting in the way of progress.


For those who don’t know, Esri can be thought of as the Microsoft of GIS, for good and bad. Esri is a good, generally ethical company, unlike Microsoft, but it dominates the geospatial world as Microsoft does for operating systems and office software suites. Like most big companies, Esri can get in the way of progress at times and is generally unwilling to share it’s proprietary code with the world. But it makes some excellent products, particularly if you need to do serious geospatial analysis, need to serve huge quantities of geospatial data to thousands or more users, or use GIS in your daily work.

I’m not sure what’s going in with the OGC here, but the act of dropping this Esri-created spec will result in OGC being out of the loop on a de facto standard for geospatial services and underrepresented in a major aspect of GIS technology.

The article’s worth reading if you are involved in the geospatial world.

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