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.
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
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.