Last week I had the pleasure of joining my colleague Athina Trakas and about 20,000 others at Intergeo 2011, one of the largest geospatial conferences in the world [http://www.tradefairdates.com/Intergeo-M5482/Nuremberg.html]. During the course of the week it struck us that there was very little time dedicated to open geospatial standards, so we spent some time with the organisers discussing some possibilities for Intergeo 2012 in Hanover, Germany. Although it is very early days it would be great to hear from you if you are interested in supporting such activity, one of the ideas is to have a series of presentations around publicly available information from domain working groups.
Throughout the rest of this year the OGC will be represented at a number of other key industry events. Starting this month (this week actually) there is a joint CEN and OGC workshop on Smart Grid and Spatial Data Infrastructures in Ispra, Italy, 5-7 Oct. This workshop is part of the EnviroInfo week and sponsored by OGC member, Sparx Systems.
Then later this month there's the GEOINT 2011 Symposium which takes place Oct. 16-19 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. This is the largest intelligence event in North America with a very prominent speaker list: http://geoint2011.com/agenda/speakers
From Oct. 18-19 the OGC will be attending our first LocNav USA event in San Jose, California. George Percivall will be participating on a panel session and explaining OGC's role in mobile Internet and location services.
The Fourth International Augmented Reality (AR) Standards coordination meeting will be held in Basel, Switzerland on Oct. 24 and 25, just prior to ISMAR2011. More useful information here: http://www.perey.com/ARStandards/join/
Finally, also in October, there will be an OGC Korea Interoperabilty Day focussing on national and regional perspectives of SDI policy and standards co-hosted by the OGC and the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs in Korea. It is being held in conjunction with Smart Korea 2011 and at the same time as the United Nations Programme on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) meeting. UN-GGIM participants are invited to join the Smart Korea conference and this interoperability day on Oct. 27th.
All of these events are listed on the OGC Events page: http://www.opengeospatial.org/event
Please go there for further information or feel free to contact me or OGC staff.