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MarineXML home page at IOC.

MarineXML is a EU funded project run by an international consortium to develop a framework for XML interoperability within the Marine sector.

MarineXML does not aim to generate an alternative XML standard, but will develop mechanisms for registering, extending and cross-walking emerging standards. MarineXML will be an important outreach channel for the IHO S57 XML standardisation effort.

The IOC, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee, is a MarineXML consortium partner. It aims to establish a regesitry to promote re-usable schemas, with a goal of eventually having a complete suite based on ISO standards (e.g. GML) but also allowing registration of legacy specifications.

A key deliverable from MarineXML will be a database of related technical standards and the bodies and programs which are developing or adopting these. This database will be in the form of an "ontology" and will be deployed via the web. The Australian sector should augment this (by extending the MarineXML database or cloning and importing/exporting relevant entries) to maintain such a resource here. It is likely that SEEGrid will adopt the same strategy for helping stakeholders understand the standards environment.

This ontology will be distributed as a Protege file, an OWL (XML) file, and via permanent machine readable Web services interfaces (this is an active research topic), and through one or more online query and visualisation tools. This tool set is likely to be of significant value in the Australian context as we move towards semantic interoperability.

The MarineXML consortium has Australian representation through Rob Atkinson of Social Change Online and Simon Cox of CSIRO who act as consultant experts on the OGC and ISO standards and processes.

MarineXML is also tied to the UK NERC Data Grid through the British Oceanographic Data Center, and thus to SEEGrid who will be working with NERC on compatibility of standards.

-- RobAtkinson - 17 Mar 2004
Topic revision: r5 - 15 Oct 2010, UnknownUser

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