The Geospatial (formerly X3D-Earth) Working Group uses the Web architecture, XML languages, and open protocols to build a standards-based X3D geospatial specification usable by governments, industry, scientists, academia, and the general public.

Geospatial (X3D-Earth) efforts encompass client-side, server-side, authoring, and conversion technologies. Much work has been accomplished already.

  • Vision. Make it easier to create and use 3D spatial data.
  • Mission. Promote spatial data use within X3D via open architectures.

The Geospatial (X3D-Earth) Working Group strives to ensure that the X3D specification is capable of handling all manners of geospatial data representations. We interact with other standards development organizations (including the Open Geospatial Consortium and the World Wide Web Consortium) and vendors to employ open protocols and content standards to provide an interoperable framework for visualizing and interacting with geospatial data. These standards-based specifications will be used to create systems and content that is usable, and re-usable, over the long term.

The X3D-Earth effort encompasses client-side, server-side, authoring, and conversion technologies. It's goals include:

  • Providing ability to use publicly and privately available terrain and imagery datasets
  • Capitalizing on X3D capabilities (e.g. scripting and HTML 5 browser support) for displaying geospatial data
  • Promoting its use as an alternative to proprietary solutions

Web3D Consortium members can participate in this working group by joining the mailing list.

Tutorial given at the Web3D 2015 Conference (slides)

Selected Recent Projects

Mike McCann, MBARI | Email:
Don Brutzman, Naval Postgraduate School | Email:
Byounghyun Yoo, Korea Institute of Science and Technology