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Re: [AR Standards Discussion] ARML Standards Working Group being formed through OGC (available for comment)

From: Carl Reed <creed@opengeospatial.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:32:23 -0600
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To: <cperey@perey.com>, <roBman@mob-labs.com>
Cc: <public-declarative3d@w3.org>, <discussion@arstandards.org>, "W3C AR Community Group" <public-ar@w3.org>
Well, now I can ask why is Kronos developing yet another sensor API when the OGC (and other groups) have had a mature set of sensor standards that are already widely implemented on a global basis? Implementations by Ericsson shows how OGC SWE standards work with the onboard sensors in a Smartphone. There is also the ISO/IEC JTC1 Working Group 7 Sensor Network activity that ISO and the OGC have been involved in for a couple of years. 

Anyway, the Kronos activity appears to be focused on Smartphone onboard sensors. Would be nice to engage in some collaboration with Kronos on this activity so that we do not have conflicting but instead complementary standards.

I should add that OGC Members have been working various aspects for sensor fusion for quite some time. Non-trivial. There are a number of publicly available reports.

As to the OGC ARML activity, a couple of observations:

1. I see the ARML and W3C PoI activity as complementary as long as they both use the same information model. The KML point geometry model is based on ISO 19107 and GML so there is consistency there as well as with the IETF location object geodetic encoding (which will be used for the Next Generation 911 system in the US) and the OASIS point geometry encodings for a number of OASIS standards. We definitely do not want to have a new point geometry encoding model!

2. I read the charter for the W3C Declarative 3D for the Web Architecture. I really do not see much conflict here in terms of the OGC ARML work and the W3C community activity. Complementary in many ways actually, especially in the content sharing and content creation topics. Further, the OGC and the Web3D Consortium have a Memorandum of Understanding to enable closer collaboration. Further, Fraunhofer is also an OGC Member.

3. WRT KML, when Google first submitted KML into the OGC standards process, there was no extension mechanism. This is one of the elements that was added into the standard. My point here is that if properly designed and expressed, an ARML extension mechanism would allow for incorporation of of reference to other AR standards and payloads. I worked the EDXL standards activity in the OASIS Emergency Management TC. EDXL is an emergency management exchange language. Much time was spent on their extension mechanism. The extension mechanism is flexible enough to either incorporate or reference GML, KML, satellite images, or other geospatial payloads. Very nice.

4. WRT Web RTC, I do not see a conflict. Again if the ARML extension capability is defined properly, an ARML payload could easily reference a Web RTC session or encoding.

Just some thoughts. 

Regards

Carl

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  Subject: Re: [AR Standards Discussion] ARML Standards Working Group being formed through OGC (available for comment)


  Hi,

  This integrative work is precisely one of the purposes of the AR standards community. 

  But, it only works when/to the extent that people want it to. 

  Gentle reminder that the next meeting is Oct 24-25 in Basel. 

  The OGC ARML activity will be topic of a presentation and discussion, but the other groups which Rob mentions (W3C DAP, W3C Web RTC, W3C Audio WG) are not on the agenda...

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  On 9/15/11 2:58 PM, Rob Manson wrote: 
I think ya knygar raises a very interesting point for you Martin and the
OGC too.  How do you see this relating to all the work already under way
for web based AR standards development.

I mean how would this integrate with the Declarative 3D work?
Or the POI WG work?
Or the DAP and Web RTC work?
Or the Audio WG work?

And how would this integrate or leverage the StreamInput work that
Khronos are starting?

I'm all for standards...but I think before we head into another set of
weeds I'd really like to see our overall community doing more
integrative work.

roBman


On Thu, 2011-09-15 at 12:29 +0000, ya knygar wrote:
Hello Martin Lechner!
I strongly disagree that AR standards are still not required.
i don't see any soul here - with ignorance for IT standards,
i think what Blair MacIntyre - the developer of another useful AR
standard - exactly mean:

Given that a vast amount of what would be "in" an ARML or KARML data stream, there is absolutely no chance any of them will be compatible with each other any time soon, so why not work on the big issues before going down into the weeds?...
to work together to be compatible where we agree, and go our own way when we don't, and then see things evolve basic on real people actually
doing things with the various browser and so on.


-
I think that - while the "Web Story" is a little bit different from the "AR Story" - it still makes a good "reference story".
1. Following your context -- do you envision some AR Net rather than
functioning only in the standards defined - Web?
(given the currently strong approach on standardization of "Device
API's", i mean - at least 3 serious groups - working for the 'next'
Web)

2. Do you think it is 'Ok' to make some other consortium and move
separately from the current W3C governance?
(like WHATWG did, for example)

3. Could you, please, elaborate on the differences where are the good
old, decentralized
"World Wide Web (WWW, or simply Web)" as "an information space in
which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified
by global identifiers called Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI)."
model does not fit / where it fits in your opinion?

Once again, I'd like to invite everyone (as in *EVERYONE*) to work within the ARML 2.0 SWG
do you plan an open mailing list or forum during the development of proposition,
 so people - who aren't the members of OGC for one or another reason
- would be able to contribute/etc. into the standard formation - in other way?

sincerely,
knygar


2011/9/15 Martin Lechner <martin.lechner@wikitude.com>:
Hi Blair, Carl, Rob et al.!

While I do agree that AR is not used by masses of people yet, I strongly
disagree that AR standards are still not required. In my opinion, a standard
the AR community agrees on will help the industry grow significantly, if (as
in *IF*) the standard takes into account that it will require extension in
the future. Still, we all know that AR applications are out for quite some
time now (with a lot more to come every week), and I guess all of us will
agree that they all have significant overlaps in their functionalities. As
far as I'm concerned, this already justifies working on a standard for AR.
Figure how HTML was created - it started out with a couple of tags, and I'm
pretty sure Tim did not know precisely how the Web will be shaped in the
future. Yet, it was extensible, and turned out to be successful. I think
that - while the "Web Story" is a little bit different from the "AR Story" -
it still makes a good "reference story".

In my opinion, it's about getting things started, allowing the AR industry
to agree on a standard, while still not closing doors for extending the
standard. It will be one of the key topics in the ARML 2.0 SWG where we need
to ensure that future AR requirements can be met (by adding new components
to the standard), I keep thinking about a component model where various
components can connect with the existing ones.

Once again, I'd like to invite everyone (as in *EVERYONE*) to work within
the ARML 2.0 SWG to define an AR standard within the OGC. You guys at GA
Tech could certainly contribute a lot to the success of the SWG, so in case
you are still interested, we will kick-off the ARML 2.0 SWG in the OGC TC
meeting in Boulder on Monday, Sept. 19th. Whoever wants to join and get
involved in the SWG is invited!

Best,
Martin


Am 04.09.2011 15:26, schrieb Blair MacIntyre:
Hi Martin,

I agree with Rob;  if you have a larger list of efforts, it would have
been more useful to include them, rather than making it appear quite so
"wikitude-centric".  Folks will be far more interested in contributing if it
appears to be more inclusive;  as it stands, the document feels a bit to
focused on your company, which won't serve you well.  Witness my reaction.
;)

We'll be happy to discuss the directions we are going to be going this
year with KARML;  the current implemented version touches on some of what
you are going after, and our plans for Argon for this year touch on much of
the rest of it.

Georgia Tech is not a member of OGC as far as I can tell, so our
involvement won't be "formal".

Just so you know, I feel that this effort is premature;  I find it ironic
that you are taking KML (a "standard" that evolved from a widely used
defector standard into something more formal only after it was proven to be
useful), and using it as the basis for a "design before we really know what
people will use" standard.   I use "we" inclusively:  I don't think any of
us (including researchers like me) really _know_ what needs to be in these
standards and tools, since AR is still not being used by very many people
for very many things, and certainly not in the architectural scenario these
standards will impact.   There are some things that can be standardized,
perhaps (e.g., some of the ARML 1.0 things, which we've taken further in
KARML, like extending ideas of location reference beyond LLA).  But when you
start talking about "events" I get nervous.

I'd much rather see an informal effort by those of us (you at wikitude, my
team, perhaps others) who are actually building on top of KML and building
javascript libraries for AR, to work together to be compatible where we
agree, and go our own way when we don't, and then see things evolve basic on
real people actually doing things with the various browser and so on.  Given
that a vast amount of what would be "in" an ARML or KARML data stream, there
is absolutely no chance any of them will be compatible with each other any
time soon, so why not work on the big issues before going down into the
weeds?

On Sep 4, 2011, at 8:24 AM, Martin Lechner wrote:

Hi Rob, hi Blair!

We already have a list of other standards/efforts we will include in the
charter prior to the startup of the SWG, and KARML is on the list already,
along with others. The revised list will be published in an updated charter
document after the public comment-period. I agree that KARML is valuable
contribution towards an AR standard.

As a general "Call for Participation", I would love to have
representatives from other institutions which proposed AR standards in the
SWG, it would be great to have you on board. However, as far as I
understood, you need to be OGC member to work within an SWG, this is a
formal requirement.

In case you consider joining OGC to work within the SWG, highly
appreciated - I think Carl is the one to talk to about it.

Regards,
Martin

Martin Lechner
CTO
Wikitude GmbH.
+43 (0)676 840 856 300
martin.lechner@wikitude.com

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On 04.09.2011, at 14:09, Rob Manson<roBman@mob-labs.com>  wrote:

I think those are fair questions that hopefully Martin or even Carl,
Steven or any of the OGC people on the list here could address.


roBman


On Sun, 2011-09-04 at 07:57 -0400, Blair MacIntyre wrote:
Interesting.  How do we comment on it if we aren't OGC members?

Obviously, the complete lack of any mention of our work on KARML is a
bit surprising (if only in the "other know efforts" section), considering
it's more mature than either ARML or ARchitect, is well documented on our
website, and has a fully working implementation in the iTunes app store
(Argon).  And, of course, since I know they know about Argon and KARML, it's
clearly an intentional omission.

While I realize their bias is toward their own commercial interests, it
would seem to undermine the position of OGC as a standards organization to
have a small group of people leverage them as a platform to promote their
commercial product.


On Sep 4, 2011, at 4:07 AM, Rob Manson wrote:

Here's a publicly accessible link.

     https://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=45439


Thanks Carl/Steven.


roBman


On Thu, 2011-09-01 at 00:27 +1000, Rob Manson wrote:
Hi,

cross posting this from the AR-UX list as I think many will find it
interesting/relevant.

     Augmented Reality Markup Language (ARML) Standards Working Group
     being formed. Draft charter available for review/comment if
     you're an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) member.

     Please address any comments or questions to Martin Lechner -
     martin.lechner@wikitude.com This is the start of a 3 week review
     period. After this period, Carl Reed [OGC CTO] will do a formal
     call for participation. Also, if your organisation wishes to be
     represented as a Charter member of this new Standards Working
     Group (SWG), please let Martin and Carl know.

     I realise a number of you are not and may never be members of
     the OGC, so this is just some market information for you. Any
     resulting standards from the OGC are freely available.


 http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=730135900&gid=3844396&type=member&item=67968411&articleURL=https%3A%2F%2Fportal%2Eopengeospatial%2Eorg%2Ffiles%2F%3Fartifact_id%3D45285%26version%3D1&urlhash=1ywF&goback=%2Egde_3844396_member_67968411

     /via Steven Ramage @ OGC


roBman


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