July 27, 2015 -- The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership announces OGC’s approval of the OGC Common DataBase specification as an OGC Best Practice.
This OGC Best Practice specifies an open format and encoding for the storage, access and modification of a representation of the natural and built environment for simulation applications. CDB defines the data representation, organization and storage structure of a worldwide synthetic representation of the earth as well as the conventions necessary to support all of the subsystems of a full-mission simulator. The Best Practice makes use of several commercial and simulation data formats endorsed by leaders of the simulation database tools industry. The organization of the synthetic environmental data in a CDB is specifically tailored for real-time applications. It supports applications in which inter-connected simulators share a common view of the simulated environment.
A database that conforms to this Best Practice can be readily used by existing simulation client-devices (legacy Image Generators, Radar simulator, Computer Generated Forces, etc.) through a data publishing process that is performed on-demand in real-time.
The application of CDB to future simulator architectures will significantly reduce runtime-source level and algorithmic correlation errors, while reducing development, update and configuration management timelines.
The OGC Common Database Volume 1 (Main Body) and Volume 2 (Appendices) are available at www.opengeospatial.org/standards/bp.
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