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  • 1.  What is "open?"

    Posted 06-19-2019 16:21
    This set of guidelines courtesy of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC):

    • Open Standards - a common adopted/adjudicated formalization of how to do something
    • Open API - a documented interface (perhaps not a standard) that is readily and freely available for use
    • Open Patterns - the REST pattern being an example - follow it and a form of API becomes readily available
    • Open License - the rights to use the data without unreasonable obligations or ambiguity of rights and responsibilities 
    • Open Distribution - often associated with API - the right to distribute the runtime implementation of a capability or set of interfaces without unreasonable obligations or ambiguity of rights and responsibilities
    • Open Source - the distribution of the underlying source code for an API or any other capability or implementation. To be useful, it must be distributed under a license (such as creative commons) without undo obligations or ambiguity of rights and responsibilities.
    And let's add a few other "open" definitions

    • Open Data: the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. (Wikipedia)
    • OpenStreetMap:  a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. 
    • Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo): a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development.

    Joe Francica
    Boulder CO