OGC approves KML encoding standard

The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc. (OGC) has approved Google's Keyhole Markup Language (KML) ' the language used for developing Google Earth ' as an open standard.

According to an OGC official, the main advantage of making KML a standard is that it speeds development of Web-based mapping applications, encourages greater interoperability of products and ensures easier movement of data between applications. 'This will make it more likely that the providers of geospatial data will find it easier to get data moved and used whatever their environment is,' Sam Bacharach, OGC executive director, told GCN.

"The standardization of KML makes it possible for both novice and expert users alike to publish and share geographical information in an open format, said Michael Weiss-Malik, KML product manager for Google. 'It's not unlike Web browsers' standardized support for HTML, which allows any Web browser to read any Web page."

The adopted OpenGIS KML 2.2 Encoding Standard (OGC KML) is available here.

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