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Re: Request for input to the BP doc: an introduction to CRSs and related concepts

From: Ed Parsons <eparsons@google.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:14:14 +0000
Message-ID: <CAHrFjckToMR93uNa==3wfuTQHbpCRprtrByKF7z6=NbZLraQRQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Linda van den Brink <l.vandenbrink@geonovum.nl>, SDW WG Public List <public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
Cc: Jeremy Tandy <jeremy.tandy@gmail.com>
CRS are not standardised for the same reason we don't all speak English :-)
 I will however give it a go..

ed


On Mon, 1 Aug 2016 at 07:39 Linda van den Brink <l.vandenbrink@geonovum.nl>
wrote:

> Hi,
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> I still remember well when I started working at Geonovum and first found
> out that there were many different coordinate reference systems. It seemed
> very silly to me that this was not standardized.
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> When one of you takes up Jeremy’s challenge, please see what is already
> written about CRS in http://w3c.github.io/sdw/bp/#ref-crs . It makes
> sense to move some of this to an introductory section in the front of the
> document, and any content making this section more accessible is welcome!
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> Linda
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> *Van:* Jeremy Tandy [mailto:jeremy.tandy@gmail.com]
> *Verzonden:* zaterdag 30 juli 2016 10:06
> *Aan:* SDW WG Public List; Ed Parsons
> *Onderwerp:* Request for input to the BP doc: an introduction to CRSs and
> related concepts
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> Hi-
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> Thinking about the article that I just shared [1] on the mailing list it
> occurs to me that to the majority of webby folk, coordinate reference
> systems, projections, datums and the like will seem like some kind of dark
> art ...
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> All they will be used to is what every global mapping provider uses: spherical
> / web mercator EPSG:3857 [2] “google maps projection”
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> And likely they don't give it any thought at all.
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> Much in the same way that I have introduced features / spatial things and
> geometry in the front material of the SDW BP doc [3], I think we need a
> _short_ section to introduce the topic of coordinate/spatial reference
> systems (including non-earth CRS; e.g. cartesian used in
> imagery/microscopy) and projections so that readers:
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> 1. know what the terms mean (a little bit - point them to references if
> they want to find out more)
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> 2. why it matters
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> Please can a member of the Working Group provide a paragraph or two- and
> better still do it in GitHub and create a Pull Request with your proposal?
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> I'm thinking that this might be right up @eparsons' street (no spatial pun
> intended). I also recall that I've recently had conversations with @josh
> about CRS.
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> Please help.
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> Best Regards, Jeremy
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> (who is still thinking about work while I'm trying to pack holiday
> suitcases!)
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> PS: I also note that the section I have written on spatial references [4]
> is a little underwhelming. If anyone fancies re-working that section, I
> would appreciate it very much!
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> [1]: https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-sdw-wg/2016Jul/0336.html
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> [2]: https://epsg.io/3857
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> [3]: http://w3c.github.io/sdw/bp/#spatial-things-features-and-geometry
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> [4]: http://w3c.github.io/sdw/bp/#spatial-relations
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