GML Relay 2006 

January 26 2006, Emmen (the Netherlands)

Kadaster Topographical Service

The GML files and schemas produced during the relay, the presentations by organizers and participants, and the preparations leading up to the relay can be found on the results page.

For an impression of the relay, see the photo gallery (photographs by Harry van der Veen).

Date:    Thursday January 26 2006
Location:    Topografische Dienst Kadaster
 Bendienplein 5
 7815 SM Emmen NL
Autodesk    Chris Berends, Randy Benjamins
Bentley    Kees van Prooijen, Oscar Custers
Cadcorp    Martin Daly, Martin Schafer
ESRI    Milos van Leeuwen, Rob Kimman
Intergraph    Frank Langelaan, Pieter Jongert
IONIC    Alain Hubert, Bernard Snyers, Bart de Lathouwer
Snowflake    Eddie Curtis / MapInfo: Wim Nijmeijer
10:00 - 10:30    Registration, coffee, tea
10:30 - 10:40    Welcome by Sieb Dijkstra, Director of the Topografische Dienst Kadaster
10:40 - 10:50    Introduction 4th GML Relay by Peter van Oosterom; draw of order of participants
10:50 - 11:20    Introduction TOP10NL by Nico Bakker
11:20 - 12:35    Short presentations and Relay Part 1 (3 participants)
12:35 - 13.30    Lunch
13:30 - 14:00    GML, NEN3610/2005 and TOP10NL by Wilko Quak
14:00 - 14:50    Short presentations and Relay Part 2 (2 participants)
14:50 - 15:10    Coffee, tea break
15:10 - 16:00    Short presentations and Relay Part 3 (2 participants)
16:00 - 16:30    Panel discussion chaired by Peter van Oosterom
16:30 -             Conclusion and close, drinks, etc.

4th Relay
Most of you will probably be aware of the previous GML relays. On January 26 2006 in Emmen (the Netherlands) the fourth GML relay is organized by Geo-Information Netherlands (GIN). For the first time in the relay history GML 3.1.1 will be used (as supported by both OGC and ISO TC211). Again, a topographic data set will be used, but this time it is not a prototype anymore, but the actual TOP10NL production version. Also different from previous relays is that it will be a whole day event. This gives time to validate every written GML document (by the organization) before passing it on to the next participant. The concept of the relay remains very straightforward, each participant:
   - reads GML data into the system;
   - edits this data (add or modify a few features);
   - saves the edited data for the next participant.

For the 4th GML Relay the following procedure will be followed:
1. Someone from the audience will draw (live) the order of the relay. This will make the order random
    and prove that the relay is not a fake. If there is sufficient time, the first participant should also read
    the result of the last participant.
2. The whole GML document is read/written according to the structure defined in the TOP10NL
    application schema and one object is edited (both geometry and attributes).
3. Everybody brings his own laptop with software, and exchange of the data will be via an USB memory
    stick. Every time a new name (or directory) will be used (with the name of the participant and
    number in the relay); e.g. relay_esri_1.gml.
4. After saving a GML document, the organization will check if the written document is indeed GML via
    a validation tool (and check this against the schema of the TOP10NL).
5. In case of errors, there is no discussion, but we will go back to the previous valid GML document
    (after the event the error will be solved and the exported GML will be put on the website together with all the other exported files).
6. Participants should practice in advance by off-line testing. At least 3 weeks in advance (but the
    earlier the better) an edited and written sample should be made available by each participant via
7. Every participant gets the same amount of time for the GML relay: 15 minutes (an additional 10
    minutes may be used to explain GML related developments).

Geo-Information Netherlands (GIN and one of its predecessors, the Netherlands Society for Earth Observation and Geo-Informatics; KvAG) organized the first three GML relays (respectively June 2001 in Wageningen, December 2002 in Emmen, and November 2004 in Delft). Purpose of these events was to show that interoperability between different software products based on the exchange of GML documents does really function (also in a non-lab or test-bed environment). This did indeed work with more or less success during the previous relays and the goal of the final, 4th relay is now to show the progress in implementations via the use of the production version of the TOP10NL in GML 3.