New deal for the maps

Towards the first universal mapping

Published 10/21/2020

A new international standard has just been adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium, paving the way for a common map description format.


The geographer Erwan Bocher, a CNRS research engineer at the Lab-STICC laboratory (DECIDE team), is at the origin of this evolution with Olivier Ertz from the Media Engineering Institute (Switzerland).

A map is expected to be the most faithful representation of the data to be presented so that if you can read it, you can embrace the geographic organization of a territory in one glance. This transformation of data into relevant symbols is all the issue of a cartographic standard, the new international version of which was adopted on October 15, 2020 in Wayland (USA) by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), paving the way for the first universal mapping."

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