KML comes of age

Tis true, KML (Keyhole Markup Language, as developed by Google for use with their Google Earth app) has been adopted as an OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) standard, as reported on the Google blog and the OGC news page. Being a simple markup language like HTML, KML is a fantastically easy way to represent spatial information and is being used by an increasing number of apps not only to publish to Google Earth but to transfer data between systems and serve information on demand. OGC standardisation of the format is the icing on the cake for what has turned out to be a really useful format. Well done Google!