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Re: Coverage subgroup update

From: Peter Baumann <p.baumann@jacobs-university.de>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:36:36 +0200
To: Jon Blower <j.d.blower@reading.ac.uk>, Bill Roberts <bill@swirrl.com>, "public-sdw-wg@w3.org" <public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
CC: Maik Riechert <m.riechert@reading.ac.uk>
Message-ID: <5790C1D4.3080805@jacobs-university.de>
Hi Jon,

On 07/20/2016 08:30 AM, Jon Blower wrote:
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> Hi Peter,
>
>  
>
> Ø  redefining "coverage" is detrimental.
>
>  
>
> To my knowledge we are not redefining “coverage”. The term is defined in
> ISO19123 (which gives the overall abstract concepts as you know) and I
> consider CovJSON to be fully conceptually compatible with that. As has been
> discussed many times, there are many ways to concretely serialise a coverage,
> all of which may be compatible with the abstract concepts of ISO19123.
>

Exactly, and implementations of 19123 in general are well known to be
incompatible. One reason why ISO will revamp 19123 into 19123-1 and have the OGC
Coverage Implementation Schema as its concretized, interoperable 19123-2.

>  
>
> If you can point to a specific instance where you believe we are not
> compatible with the abstract model, please do point it out and we will look at
> it seriously.
>

I'll be curious of course to study your work, kindly let me know about its final
release.

>  
>
> Ø  your model might become an additional encoding, based on a compatibility
> exercise.
>
>  
>
> Yes, exactly. I imagine there would be some kind of a mapping exercise, a bit
> like the mapping to the existing CF-NetCDF standard.
>

seems we have a nice coherence in this point!

cheers,
Peter

>  
>
> Cheers,
> Jon
>
>  
>
> *From: *Peter Baumann <p.baumann@jacobs-university.de>
> *Organization: *Jacobs University Bremen
> *Date: *Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:04
> *To: *Jon Blower <sgs02jdb@reading.ac.uk>, Bill Roberts <bill@swirrl.com>,
> "public-sdw-wg@w3.org" <public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
> *Cc: *Maik Riechert <m.riechert@reading.ac.uk>
> *Subject: *Re: Coverage subgroup update
>
>  
>
> Hi Jon,
>
> of course I am in no way impeding scientific work on establishing and
> evaluating alternative concepts, and I am by no means questioning the merits
> of your approach.
>
> From a standards point of view, however, it is essential that one term has one
> definition, so redefining "coverage" is detrimental. But you open a door by
> suggesting your model might become an additional encoding, based on a
> compatibility exercise.
>
> PS: Just to mention this, the OGC coverage model never enforced GML (just
> aligned to its conceptual structure and offered GML as one option), and
> neither did WCS (cf Core). Starting CIS 1.1, JSON and RDF are supported as
> well, so an implementation may well reside in RDF world, or NetCDF world, or
> any other encoding/service style world exclusively.
>
> cheers,
> Peter
>
> On 07/20/2016 01:45 AM, Jon Blower wrote:
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>     Hi Peter,
>
>      
>
>     It depends exactly what you mean by “aligned”. Certainly CovJSON uses the
>     same high-level concepts of a domain, range and range descriptor. And it’s
>     possible to encode a wide variety of coverages in CovJSON – continuous and
>     categorical, regular and irregular, gridded and non-gridded, with some
>     embedded semantic information. The specification, playground and cookbook
>     illustrate this, although they are all currently unfinished (see
>     https://covjson.org) <https://covjson.org%29>. If there appears to be a
>     gap (i.e. important information that we can’t encode) then please do
>     report this – all the development is being done fully out in the open on
>     GitHub and we welcome all comments.
>
>      
>
>     However, CovJSON deliberately does not attempt to use GML structures as
>     its basis, mainly for reasons of simplicity and minimalism. It aims at an
>     audience that is unfamiliar with GML. It tries to be a simple and clear
>     format that can encode the relevant information accurately using idiomatic
>     JSON, using a minimal set of consistent rules. It happens to share quite a
>     lot in common with how NetCDF works, but is certainly not a literal
>     translation of NetCDF into JSON either.
>
>      
>
>     (One important point is that we don’t currently support the “interleaved
>     domain and range” structure for coverages. We can maybe try to address
>     this if there is enough user demand.)
>
>      
>
>     Personally I don’t see any reason why CovJSON could not one day become an
>     OGC standard, alongside the other possible coverage encoding formats. I’m
>     not pushing hard for this myself at the moment because I would like to
>     test its efficacy seriously in the community first – if it turns out to be
>     successful and there is community support then that would be a good time
>     to move for full standardisation. At the moment, I don’t think we are
>     talking about a full OGC spec, although I’m not quite sure what the
>     official OGC status of the document resulting from this working group
>     would be (Bill, can you help?)
>
>      
>
>     Cheers,
>     Jon
>
>      
>
>      
>
>      
>
>      
>
>     *From: *Peter Baumann <p.baumann@jacobs-university.de>
>     <mailto:p.baumann@jacobs-university.de>
>     *Organization: *Jacobs University Bremen
>     *Date: *Tuesday, 19 July 2016 21:52
>     *To: *Bill Roberts <bill@swirrl.com> <mailto:bill@swirrl.com>,
>     "public-sdw-wg@w3.org" <mailto:public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
>     <public-sdw-wg@w3.org> <mailto:public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
>     *Cc: *Maik Riechert <m.riechert@reading.ac.uk>
>     <mailto:m.riechert@reading.ac.uk>, Jon Blower <sgs02jdb@reading.ac.uk>
>     <mailto:sgs02jdb@reading.ac.uk>
>     *Subject: *Re: Coverage subgroup update
>
>      
>
>     hm, is this aligned with the OGC coverage model? If not, why do you think
>     that OGC could support something not compatible?
>     puzzled,
>     Peter
>
>
>     On 07/19/2016 10:42 PM, Bill Roberts wrote:
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>         Hi all
>
>          
>
>         Sorry for being a bit quiet on this over the last month or so - it was
>         as a result of a combination of holiday and other commitments.
>
>          
>
>         However, some work on the topic has been continuing.  Here is an
>         update for discussion in the SDW plenary call tomorrow.
>
>          
>
>         In particular I had a meeting in Reading on 5 July with Jon Blower and
>         fellow-editor Maik Riechert.
>
>          
>
>         During that we came up with a proposed approach that I would like to
>         put to the group.  The essence of this is that we take the
>         CoverageJSON specification of Maik and Jon and put it forward as a
>         potential W3C/OGC recommendation.  See
>         https://github.com/covjson/specification/blob/master/spec.md for the
>         current status of the CoverageJSON specification.
>
>          
>
>         That spec is still work in progress and we identified a couple of
>         areas where we know we'll want to add to it, notably around a URI
>         convention for identifying an extract of a gridded coverage, including
>         the ability to identify a single point within a coverage. (Some
>         initial discussion of this issue at
>         https://github.com/covjson/specification/issues/66).
>
>          
>
>         Maik and Jon understandably feel that it is for others to judge
>         whether their work is an appropriate solution to the requirements of
>         the SDW group.  My opinion from our discussions and initial review of
>         our requirements is that it is indeed a good solution and I hope I can
>         be reasonably objective about that.  
>
>          
>
>         My intention is to work through the requirements from the UCR again
>         and systematically test and cross-reference them to parts of the
>         CovJSON spec. I've set up a wiki page for that:
>         https://www.w3.org/2015/spatial/wiki/Cross_reference_of_UCR_to_CovJSON_spec
>          That should give us a focus for identifying and discussing issues
>         around the details of the spec and provide evidence of the suitability
>         of the approach (or not, as the case may be). 
>
>          
>
>         There has also been substantial interest and work within the coverage
>         sub-group on how to apply the RDF Data Cube vocabulary to coverage
>         data, and some experiments on possible adaptations to it.  The main
>         potential drawback of the RDF Data Cube approach in this context is
>         its verbosity for large coverages.  My feeling is that the standard
>         RDF Data Cube approach could be a good option in the subset of
>         applications where the total data volume is not excessive - creating a
>         qb:Observation and associated triples for each data point in a
>         coverage.  I'd like to see us prepare a note of some sort to explain
>         how that would work.  I also think it would be possible and desirable
>         to document a transformation algorithm or process for converting
>         CoverageJSON (with its 'abbreviated' approach to defining the domain
>         of a coverage) to an RDF Data Cube representation.
>
>          
>
>         So the proposed outputs of the group would then be:
>
>          
>
>         1) the specification of the CoverageJSON format, to become a W3
>         Recommendation (and OGC equivalent)
>
>         2) a Primer document to help people understand how to get started with
>         it.  (Noting that Maik has already prepared some learning material at
>         https://covjson.gitbooks.io/cookbook/content/)
>
>         3) contributions to the SDW BP relating to coverage data, to explain
>         how CovJSON would be applied in relevant applications
>
>         4) a note on how RDF Data Cube can be used for coverages and a process
>         for converting CovJSON to RDF Data Cube
>
>          
>
>         Naturally I expect to discuss this proposal in plenary and coverage
>         sub-group calls!
>
>          
>
>         Best regards
>
>          
>
>         Bill
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>     -- 
>
>     Dr. Peter Baumann
>
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> Dr. Peter Baumann
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