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Introduction

Welcome to the Weather Objects Modelling Language (WOML) space in FMI Wiki. The primary goal of WOML is to define meteorological phenomena or other objects in a semantically meaningful way by using GML Feature model as the basis of the language. This is fundamentally different modelling decision compared to more data-oriented feature models, like Climate Science Modelling Language (CSML). Even though cold fronts and warm fronts in WOML might share exactly same set of properties, they are modelled as different feature types, because the semantic meaning the objects carry about the atmospheric conditions in their surroundings are quite different.

WOML tries to avoid defining any direct visualization hints or rules for its feature types. The decision is done to encourage the users to separate the presentation of the meteorological objects from the data they carry.

On this site you will find documentation, XML Schemas and other information about WOML.

Background

Development for a GML Application Schema for Meteorological Objects, like weather fronts, rain areas and such, was started at Finnish Meteological Institute in autumn 2008. The primary goal was to enable saving and retrieving forecast and analysis objects created by forecasters using SmartMet II Workstation, a GML based XML language and OGC Web Feature Service.

In late 2009, after several iterative versions, the application schema then called the FMI MetObjects was renamed to Weather Objects Modelling Language (WOML) to better reflect the potential for using it in the international meteorological data exchange. In May 2010 the first full WOML version of the schemas was released.

WOML modules and namespaces

WOML Schemas are split into four different namespaces to make further extending and development easier:

  • The WOML-Core contains the basic building blocks of WOML: the abstract point, line and surface (area) types, forecast and analysis feature collections and many common helper types and elements.
  • WOML-SWO stands for Sensible Weather Objects, and contains objects related to the frontal analysis models: fronts, jets, troughs and so on. It also contains features for surface precipitation and cloud areas as well as "point" objects with indirect semantics defined by different symbol names.
  • WOML-Quantity is used for defining locations and areas with significant geophysical parameter values (temperature, wind speed & direction, and so on). These are provided for a simpler alternative to using the OCG (or ISO) Observations & Measurements in the context of a WOML weather forecast or analysis.
  • WOML-Textfct defines GML features for text-based weather forecasts with well-defined target areas. These forecasts are generally more general in nature than the other WOML objects and typically require human interpretation to make sense.

In the future application domain-specific profiles or schemas may be defined by composing them from the lower level WOML types and specializing them if necessary.

WOML is based on GML 3.2.1, upgrade from GML 3.1.1 to GML 3.2.1 was done with WOML Core version 2011/03/15.

Versioning policy

Each major release of the WOML schemas will have they their own namespace with postfixed release date (http://xml.fmi.fi/namespace/woml/core/2010/05/28 for example). These major releases might contain chages that are not backwards compatible with the previous releases, although we try to change them as little as possible. The changes affecting schema validation are described in the release notes of each schema release.

Minor, backwards compatible changes (all the documents valid before the change are still valid against the new version) will be released in the same namespace and the new schema files will replace the previous ones. These minor revisions will be distinguished with increasing "version" attribute of the schema files. The version number of the major schema versions are always "1.0", the next minor version might be "1.1" or "2.0" depending on whether any new elements or types are introduced. The changes in the minor versions are also documented in the release notes.

New major releases of WOML Core also require changes in other WOML modules: in the minimum the core namespace has to be updated. For this reason, all WOML modules are released simultaneously with each Core major release, even if there would be not other changes if the depending modules.

Further Information

For more information see WOML talks presented at different conferences and workshops. For the most recent information, check out the WOML Blog (also available as Atom feed).

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact FMI (woml (at) fmi.fi).

Recent posts in WOML Blog
WOML 2012-11-15 released
New WOML release 2012-11-15 has been released. The main focus for this release was better support for severe weather warnings, including custom warning areas, and a new feature collection type for publishing the weather warnings and the data for the predicted hazardous meteorological phenomena together as a package. The new warning-related feature types are part of the WOML Textfct package at least for now, but described in a separate XML Schema file.…
WOML 2011-11-15 released
This year's last version of WOML modules, "2011/11/15", was released today. When announcing the previous WOML version https://agora.fmi.fi/display/WOML/2011/08/22/WOML+2011-06-15+Released in August I wrote that I hoped that we'd seen the last major turn in the rocky road to the final WOML curve geometry definitions. Should have known that I was wrong again. Starting from the WOML 2011/11/15 only the GML geometry types are supported, including the verbose and cumbersome gml:Bezier.…
WOML 2011-06-15 Released
A new version WOML modules "2011/06/15" was released today. The biggest change in this release is what hopefully is the last major turn in the multi stage development of curve handling https://agora.fmi.fi/display/WOML/2010/07/05/WOML+curves+revisited of WOML features. The curve handling was changed in versions 2009/06/13 https://agora.fmi.fi/display/WOML/2010/10/07/WOML+version+2009-09-13+released, 2011/03/15 https://agora.fmi.…
A "bug fix" for the latest WOML Core was released today. The only issue fixed in this update is WOML-44 https://agile.fmi.fi/browse/WOML-44. There was on error in defining ReferenceableObjectArrayAssociationType used as type of sharedObjects property in WOML collection types. The intention of this element is to contain any number of identifiable GML objects referenced by more than one element inside the WOML collection. When the same objects (like locations, parameter definitions,…