# Thursday, May 01, 2003
There's a new spec out from the Open GIS consortium for defining an XML representation of sensor data. It's pretty verbose, but most of it is optional. I would love to see something like this take off as a standard way to get data from sensors. There are a couple of existing standards for sensor data (ModBus, UCA, DNP, etc) but they are all binary. A fairly complete XML based standard would make our (or at least my) lives much easier.

Now we'll just have to wait and see if it takes them as long to finish as XLink is taking :).

It's nice to see that they used the XML Schema diagramming in XML Spy for their schemas. It's the best one I've seen, and makes it much easier to follow.