GeoPackage is an open, standards-based, platform-independent, portable, self-describing, compact format for transferring geospatial information. The GeoPackage standard describes a set of conventions for storing the following within an SQLite database:
- vector features
- tile matrix sets of imagery and raster maps at various scales
- attributes (non-spatial data)
This OGC® Encoding Standard defines the schema for a GeoPackage, including table definitions, integrity assertions, format limitations, and content constraints. The allowable content of a GeoPackage is entirely defined in this standard.
For more information about GeoPackage, including implementations and sample data, go to the public page at http://www.geopackage.org. An HTML version of the standard is available at http://www.geopackage.org/spec/. The asciidoc source for the standard is in the spec/core/ folder.
This GitHub repository was originally extracted from the Microsoft Word version of the Candidate GeoPackage Standard version 0.8 released for public comment on August 6, 2013. With this repository the OGC invites collaboration and comments directed at the development and enhancement of this candidate standard.
The repo tracks the latest version of the standard as it evolves. Pull requests for fixes are appreciated, and new functionality will still be considered even though version 1.0 has been adopted. The spec is done in asciidoc a format supported by GitHub, similar to markdown but with some features that make it better for specifications, like automatic section numbering.
Editor: Jeff Yutzler
Editor Emeritus: Paul Daisey
The contributor understands that any contributions, if accepted by the OGC Membership, shall be incorporated into the formal OGC GeoPackage standards document and that all copyright and intellectual property shall be vested to the OGC.
The GeoPackage Standards Working Group (SWG) is the group at OGC responsible for the stewardship of the standard, but is working to do as much GeoPackage work in public as possible.
The Geopackage SWG currently has the following email lists:
- email@example.com -- sign up here
- Public List, very little traffic.
- Open archives
- No Intellectual Property items should be discussed here.
- firstname.lastname@example.org -- sign up here
- Private List
- Access controlled archives
- Requires OGC membership and Observer Agreement to protect IPR (intellectual property rights)
SWG Chair: Jeff Yutzler
SWG Vice Chair: Tracey Birch
Editing and commenting
The GeoPackage SWG is accepting public comments and suggested revisions to the standard via GitHub. This is the first time OGC has supported this mechanism for public comment and review. To suggest changes to the standard please fork the repository and submit a pull request with the desired changes. Please make one pull request per logical requested change and be sure to include a comment in the PR with any justification or reasoning on why the change is needed.
For more general comments (that don't include actual text changes to the spec) please create a GitHub issue for that topic.
Complex changes and feature requests must go through the change request process. The details entered in the change request form will help the SWG adjudicate and prioritize the request.
For more detailed guidance, or if you are new to GitHub, see the Process page for additional information on editing.