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SDW BP Glossary Issue 195: Spatial Thing

From: Little, Chris <chris.little@metoffice.gov.uk>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 14:23:56 +0000
To: Linda van den Brink <l.vandenbrink@geonovum.nl>, "Tandy, Jeremy" <jeremy.tandy@metoffice.gov.uk>
CC: "public-sdw-wg@w3.org" <public-sdw-wg@w3.org>
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1. Current Entry:
"Spatial thing: Anything with spatial extent, i.e. size, shape, or position. e.g. people, places, bowling balls, as well as abstract regions like cubes. Compare with the ISO definition for Spatial Object. [ W3C-BASIC-GEO]"

2. The ISO definition is actually for a 'spatial object'.

URI: http://registry.it.csiro.au/sandbox/iso-tc211/terms/419, or TC211 spreadsheet

"object used for representing a spatial characteristic of a feature"

Defined in ISO 19107:2003

3. W3C-BASIC-GEO does not seem to try anything as rash as defining a spatial thing.

4. I propose to stick with the ISO definition, and thus probably no change needed to the 95 occurrences of 'Spatial Thing' in the BP. 

Also add an abstract 2D example.

Glossary would read:

"Spatial thing: Anything with spatial extent (i.e. size, shape, or position) used for representing a spatial characteristic of a feature. Examples are: people, places, bowling balls, as well as abstract regions like polygons or cubes.[[http://www.isotc211.org/TC211_Multi-Lingual_Glossary-2016-06-28_Published.xls|ISO/TC 211 Multi-Lingual Glossary of Terms]]"

Chris Little
Co-Chair, OGC Meteorology & Oceanography Domain Working Group

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