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The difference between KML and GML

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

According to president of Galdos Systems, Ron Lake, KML and GML have different purposes – KML is a language for describing visualization and also a browser control language, and GML is about describing kinds of geographic objects. There are no feature types in KML so you cannot differentiate different types of roads, for example, whereas that is the purpose of GML. “You can look at GML as a way of modeling or encoding geographic content so you can have kinds of objects like buildings or schools,” explained Lake. “Then KML is a way of presenting that content visually.”

“Styling” rules are applied to create KML that provides a visual presentation of geographic data in GML. For example, in looking at the GML you have roads with four lanes and road with two lanes, and gravel roads and paved, and you can make a rule that if the road is paved with four lanes then you can generate a default in KML that will draw it as a black line and if it’s a two lane draw it as a red line. This way you can use rules by which you interpret the geography for visual presentation and then you use those rules to generate the KML.

“KML is still rather limited,” said Lake. “If you’re a cartographer or traditional kind of mapmaker you might be kind of dismayed that KML doesn’t support things like dash lines or railroad tracks. It’s still fairly simple but you can do all this interactivity, which compensates for part of that.” Similar issues exist in 3D, for example, “CityGML is a multilevel of detail modeling language so you can model cities with a very coarse level of detail but it’s not really intended for visual presentation. For this you would style CityGML say into something like Collada, .obj or x3D which are the encodings that are used by Google Earth and by Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D.”

“The idea is to try and separate your modeling of the world from presentation so that you can as be as flexible as possible  in terms of how you present content. You might have the same geographic data and you might present it quite differently for a civilian audience vs a military audience even if it’s the same information.”

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

GeoWeb 2009 – Cityscapes – what to look forward to this week

Monday, July 27th, 2009

There was a lot of buzz about cityscapes at ESRI this year, but the place that will really focus on this topic will be GeoWeb 2009 in Vancouver, starting Monday, July 27th.

According to Galdos Systems CEO and GeoWeb organizer Ron Lake, last year they started the idea of cityscapes with a focus on CAD and GIS integration.

“This year we’re focused more on SDI and data sharing in urban environments,” said Lake. “To do that, we have invited speakers like Ken Greenberg, an urban planner for the City of Toronto, a well known architect, talk about collaboration and building cities.”

In that context, information sharing involves the collaboration of both machines and people. “We also have speaker David Bolocker, CTO at IBM, who will talk about collaboration software research that IBM has been doing,” said Lake. “Then we have John Stutz, co-founder of Tellus Institute of Boston, an organization that does scenario planning, which in their case involves numerical modeling of global processes – population, climate, and potential scenarios for the evolution of the earth. They also did a big study for the city of Boston.”

Javier de la Torre, CEO at Vizzuality, Madrid, Spain, will speak on his project called the Encyclopedia of Life, which endeavors to catalog location, time and extent of every species, incident, and all biologists’ or others’ reports on the presence of an animal or plant species.

This year the conference also includes an Academic Science track. Some of the papers from the conference will be published in the ISPRS Journal.

The conference includes an all-day course entitled GeoWeb 101 which will answer questions such as, why does GML exist, or what is the difference between GML and KML?

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