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Access to and combination of spatial data sources and services is made time and cost efficient for users through use of world’s best practice interoperable technologies.


The rise of on-line Web Services models, internet standards and geoprocessing interoperability standards now allows digital data to be viewed and overlain using common web browsers.

The standing committee supports implementation and use of the open systems specifications promulgated by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the World Wide Web Consortium (WWWC) in the ASDI as mandated within the National Office of the Information Economy (NOIE) Interoperability Framework initiative. The standing committee recognises the need to move beyond the serving of “raster” data to allow downloading of vector feature data using the emerging OGC Web Feature Server (WFS) specification.


Assist a collaborative partnership approach between the public and private sectors in providing interoperability; identify the costs of implementing interoperability and how these can be shared; promote adoption of interoperability specifications and technologies through targeted pilots, test beds and case studies which conform to world’s best practice; promote development of reference implementations and geospatial web services in both the public and private sectors capable of supporting and using an interoperable environment.


  • Describe and solicit feedback to the architectural reference framework for the digital component of the ASDI Distribution Network through the ASDI workshop series 2003;
  • Encourage interoperability pilots for catalog services, web feature servers and gazetteers using OGC specifications;
  • Publish an interim list of existing Australian and New Zealand OGC web service implementations.

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