First Nordic Forum Interoperability Day 2012 - a Success!

Contributed by: 
Jari Reini, National Land Survey of Finland

The first ever OGC Nordic Interoperability Day was organized by OGC Nordic Forum together with ULI Geoforum, Sweden's national association for geographic information and GIS [0]. The event took place last week in Stockholm, Sweden and it was a big success, with over 70 participants from the Nordic countries together with guests from abroad. The full day event included presentations from OGC staff and  Nordic OGC members focusing on how to achieve interoperability of Geographic Information systems, services and content using OGC standards.

Topics during the day varied from description of governmental SDI services to defense and civil security applications. User stories, including stories about how to use OGC standards to support a common operational picture (COP), were mixed with descriptions of how to protect OGC services. The first time listener may have found the list of discussed interface standards exhausting; WMS, WMTS, WFS, WCS, CSW, GeoXACML, SLD, WMC, etc., not to forget the encoding standards GML, KML, and CityGML. Despite the competition from the wonderful warm and sunny weather outside we all enjoyed the presentations and lively discussion in Stockholm's Saturnus conference center.

After the event, the OGC Nordic Forum had its first meeting where Jari Reini was unanimously elected to Chair the forum. Furthermore, 12 persons were enrolled as more active Nordic Forum members. You may follow OGC Nordic Forum activities from the Forum wiki site and, if your organization is an OGC member, you may join the Forum mailing list. All the presentations from the Nordic Interoperability Day are available at the wiki site.

The OGC Nordic Forum aims to provide government, academic, research and industry organizations in the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) with opportunities to learn about and discuss issues related to interoperability of geographic information involving OGC standards.