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Subject: FYI: Short description of the OGC initiative for emergency management symbology (EMS)

Emergency Mapping Symbology, Phase 1 (EMS 1)  

The Emergency Mapping Symbology Interoperability Program Initiative will be a testbed initiative focusing on maturing the Style Management Service (SMS) and the Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) with application to Emergency Mapping Symbology. The project will test by enabling the use of multiple symbol sets with one set of feature data. The symbology used will likely come from the following:

  1. Emergency Response Map Symbology (ERMS) – a map symbology set being defined by the FGDC’s Homeland Security Work Group. See: http://www.fgdc.gov/publications/homeland.html
  2. Geospatial Symbols (GeoSym) for Digital Displays. The map symbology set defined by DOD to portray Vector Product Format (VPF)data. Reference TBD.

SMS is a service that was first described and demonstrated in the Open Web Services Phase 1.2 (OWS-1.2) test bed initiative. While SMS can be thought of as a type of service, it is in actuality a logical composition of design-patterns, service interfaces and encodings. As such, SMS defines architecture for enabling scalable and interoperable management of symbols and styles in support of cartographic portrayal processes.

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