VANCOUVER, BC – August 19, 2004 – Galdos Systems Inc today announced that it has delivered to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office a GML schema for S57 ENC data jointly developed by Galdos and the UKHO. The schema will aid the interoperability of data produced by different vendors and facilitate the representation of S57 ENC data in GML.
The schema has been made freely available and the UKHO is inviting feedback from members of the wider Geographic Information (GI) community on the schema’s S57 interpretation and modeling.
GML is fast becoming the standard in the transfer and representation of Geospatial Information with many authoritative geospatial data suppliers already using GML or working towards its adoption. GML fully conforms to standards co-developed by the ISO Technical Committee 211 and the Open GIS Consortium Inc (OGC), an international organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services.
John Pepper UKHO’s Head of Commercial Development says: “The GML schema is a significant starting point in the UKHO’s adoption of GML. We have made the schema freely available and invite people to view it and provide us with their feedback so we can effectively manage its future changes.”
The GML schema can be found on the UKHO website www.ukho.gov.uk  under the business to business section. Feedback is welcomed by the UKHO and can be submitted via a downloadable feedback form.
About Galdos Systems, Inc
Founded in 1998, Galdos Systems revolutionized GIS Technology and mobilized the world-wide Geo-Web by authoring the Geography Markup Language (GML). Galdos is recognized as a world leader in the development of cost effective systems for delivering GML and XML based products for the integrated land and resource management, critical infrastructure planning and protection, telematics, LBS and ITS market sectors. For more information on Galdos please visit: http://www.galdosinc.com 
About the UKHO
The UKHO is a government agency and the world’s leading producer of navigational charts and publications, with a global chart series of over 3, 300 charts and 220 publications. 70% of world shipping uses the Admiralty chart series in satisfaction of UN mandatory carriage requirements.
The UKHO’s vast store of high quality data is increasingly finding wider uses across the marine, oceanographic and maritime communities. The Admiralty Licensed Partnering programme is designed to create an environment for innovation and growth, involving both commercial companies and public bodies.
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