OGC Update Blog Archive

Internet of Things

"The Computer for 21st Century" does not have a keyboard or a monitor.  Ubiquitous computing is arriving as the Internet of Things (IoT), transparently embedded in everyday devices in your home and in your city.   M. Weiser from Xerox-PARC in 1991 envisioned "tabs" that we would always carry, now people live and sleep with their phones.  Data for connected devices will transform society at a scale even beyond the WWW.  All devices and the data they produce will come with a location using   GPS/GNSS and soon

The Power of Location

“Location targeting is the holy grail for marketers.” This statement was directed to an entire industry at Mobile World Congress by Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of the world's largest advertising company by revenues. While this may be a revelation of a new reality to some, the geographer reading this might be saying, "Where's Waldo?" The so-called first law of geography from Waldo Tobler is "Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things.” This was recently validated by analysis of

Geospatial Technology Trends 2013: Overview of the "Ripe Issues"

All predictions are wrong, some are useful. Predictions of geospatial technology trends have been the topic of recent discussions by the OGC Board of Directors and the OGC Planning Committee. One of my roles as OGC Chief Engineer is to offer a slate of "ripe issues" as a basis of these discussions. This blog provides an overview of the ripe issues developed in March 2013 and explains how they were developed. Future blogs will discuss each