New OGC Working Group has the goal of evaluating how standards will enable the modeling, simulation, and gaming communities to mutually benefit from ongoing technological developments.
7 May 2018: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks comments on the draft charter of a proposed Interoperable Simulation and Gaming Domain Working Group (DWG).
Gaming systems and technologies, while originally developed for entertainment, are increasingly being used as an interoperable mechanism for simulation of real world activities. Such gaming systems traditionally relied upon fictitious or highly-simplified representations of the world. However, recent years have seen widespread use of realistic depictions of environments and capabilities that can represent large areas of the Earth.
Considerable innovation and enhancements in virtual environment fidelity, as well as reductions in system costs, are expected to result from increased use of cloud, mobile, and immersive technologies. However, most computer-based gaming systems have technical architectures that are different from traditional simulation systems. This DWG will assess how gaming systems might be leveraged for geospatial use cases, including how existing individual vehicle and system operations may be significantly enhanced by interoperation with game-based simulations.
Additionally, the DWG will examine how geospatial data can fit into standard formats and conceptual models compatible with the fast and deterministic storing, retrieval, and rendering of high-quality 3D virtual environments that is required by simulations.
This DWG will provide a forum for the discussion of requirements and use cases for standards and the registration of implementations related to use and re-use of geospatial data within the Interoperable Simulation and Gaming (ISG) community, as well as broader discussion of ISG topics and research activities.
Further, the DWG will aim to increase awareness of the advantages of ISG in general, to define the qualities of ISG systems, to enhance their interoperability, and to support activities to standardize operations within and among them related to the use and re-use of geospatial data.
The Interoperable Simulation and Gaming DWG draft charter is available for review and comment from the OGC Portal. Comments are due by 28 May 2018 and should be submitted via the method outlined at www.opengeospatial.org/
See the OGC’s Domain Working Group and Standards Working Group pages to learn about other standards activities that are ongoing in the OGC. There is currently strong emphasis on topics related to Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Aviation & Unmanned Systems (eg UAVs), Big Data, Linked Data, Disaster Response, Maritime, and more.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that ‘geo-enable’ the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful within any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org.