Since many of the attempts to introduce a universal hydrographic data format have failed or have been only partially successful, a different approach is proposed. Our solution is the Hydrographic Universal Data Description Language (HUDDL), a descriptive XML-based language that permits the creation of a standardized description of (past, present, and future) data formats, and allows for applications like HUDDLER, a compiler that automatically creates drivers for data access and manipulation. HUDDL also represents a powerful solution for archiving data along with their structural description, as well as for cataloguing existing format specifications and their version control. HUDDL is intended to be an open, community-led initiative to simplify the issues involved in hydrographic data access.
Journal or Conference Title
International Hydrographic Review
International Hydrographic Organization
G. Masetti and Calder, Brian R., “Huddl: the Hydrographic Universal Data Description Language”, International Hydrographic Review, vol. 13. International Hydrographic Bureau, Monaco, Monaco Cedex, Monaco, pp. 17-32, 2015.