ITx Rutherford 2019 Programme

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DGGS - The New Digitally Friendly Format for Spatial Data

Friday 11:40am - 12:10pm, IT Professionals NZ (Cybersec Room 4)

For 50 years we have been storing spatial data in digital formats that are based on old analogue systems for navigation and position that have never quite fit neatly in modern information systems. How big is a point provided as a Lat/Long value? Discreet Global Grid Systems (DGGS) provides an area based alternative that acknowledges that the earth is round.

DGGS does this through nested equal-area regular geometries, each identified by a consistent. linked data-friendly, intelligible indexing system. Lightweight and fast, DGGS provides an inherently scalable system that addresses both vector and raster data.

DGGS is a joint ISO and OGC standard project.


Byron Cochrane

Founder & Principal, OpenWork Ltd

Byron has over 25 years experience as a leader in providing interoperability and data linking solutions in a large number of contexts across the globe. His greatest expertise is in Open Data Standards implementation and development - particularly in the geospatial realm.

Byron has served at various levels of government, the military, and private industry, both in New Zealand, Australia and the US. He has often been turned to by organisations wishing to develop, organise and manage their disparate data using standards-based interoperability solutions.

In recent years Byron has contributed to multiple international interoperability efforts including the W3C Spatial Data on the Web, numerous testbed and interoperability experiments for the Open Geographic Consortium and standards development for ISO Technical Committee 211.
In his spare time, Byron enjoys exploring the Nelson region, getting to know the local craft beers, keeping abreast of current affairs, and picking on his mandolin when its all becomes a bit too much.