Welcome to the OGC blog. Please comment and contribute your thoughts!

The level of interest and activity around open geospatial standards has been steadily increasing over recent years and as such, I’m happy to be in a position to introduce the OGC blog. Our plan is to use this blog to augment the frequency and broaden the range of topics previously covered in the OGC Newsletter. In addition to comments and opinion from OGC staff, there will be blog posts from OGC members and guests. There is also a new home page for the OGC public website where you can learn about different communities of interest that are active in the OGC. In each of these communities people need to share geospatial information to achieve their organizational vision and mission. We’ve tried to make it easier for you to find open standards information relevant to your domain.

As one of the newer, full-time members of the OGC executive staff, I have discovered all sorts of hidden wonders in the work of the OGC. Apart from the international consensus efforts that take place to define and refine the standards, I have been amazed by the depth and breadth of resources OGC draws upon and makes available to the geospatial community as a whole. In order to start work on any standards activity, participants need to first come to agreement of the broader geospatial issues and then drill down into specific interoperability topics. 

In OGC Domain Working Groups, experts from many regions of the world connect with their peers who have the knowledge, knowhow, desire and institutional connections to collaborate on the consensus development and best use of OGC standards. An example of this collaboration is the growing number and breadth of GML application schemas and profiles. As it says on our website: “Geography Markup Language provides the basis for domain- or community-specific application schemas, which in turn support data interoperability within a community of interest.” http://www.ogcnetwork.net/node/210  We currently know of more than 30 GML application schemas and profiles, such as AIXM for the aviation sector, KuntaGML for local government and GeoSciML for those working in geological sciences. There is ongoing work in communities, such as emergency and disaster management and location privacy where GML is also being considered and these will be added over time.

This blog will provide a window into the many exciting areas the consortium is addressing.  Augmented reality, cross domain modeling, Internet of Things, sensor webs, indoor/outdoor location convergence, open data, linked data, decision and sensor fusion, crowdsourcing, cloud computing and geospatial business intelligence are just a few of the technology topics being addressed. There are also many application domains addressed ranging from aviation to defense and intelligence to geosciences and government.

The OGC Blog replaces the OGC Newsletter. All of the content previously contained in the newsletter will now be available in the blog. You can follow blog postings via the OGC RSS feed, the OGC LinkedIn Group and by following us on Twitter: @opengeospatial or follow me @ogc_steven

We hope you enjoy it and thank you for your continued readership and support. 


Due to a backlog of news items, we have compiled one last issue of the OGC Newsletter, which was published today.