Last week the STAC community came together and sprinted to release version 1.0.0-rc.1, the most critical step on our path to STAC spec 1.0.0. This is a ‘release candidate’, meaning we believe the specification is completely set for 1.0.0, but we want to put it in the hands of implementors and gather feedback and reviews before the final release.
So if you have implemented STAC in the past please take the time to upgrade your software or catalog to the latest specification (see the change summary below for what’s changed). Our aim is to sprint for the next few weeks to upgrade as many implementations as possible to validate for the final release. The nature of a ‘release candidate’ means that if any implementations find problems in the specification we will make another ‘release candidate’ and give it a couple of weeks for feedback, doing so until we iron out all the issues. The newly formed Project Steering Committee has aligned on targeting the end of April for 1.0.0 final release, aiming to do any needed additional release candidates before then.