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OGC's potential role in "Scaling up Responsible Land Governance"

Geospatial technologies help the World Bank to effectively serve its client governments, particularly in the sphere of land management and economic development. Land management involves many domains: law, government, real estate, water, forestry, agriculture, banking, community development, and others.

Good Company Ventures’ Climate Ventures 2.0 to stress open data access

OGC and OGC’s Testbed 11 interoperability initiative, which addressed Urban Climate Resilience, were officially recognized in the December 2014 Fact Sheet about the White House Climate Data Initiative. Also mentioned in that document were GoodCompany Ventures (GCV) and the expansion of Climate Ventures 2.0.

Standards dramatically advance streamflow and flood forecasting in US and elsewhere – first in a 5-part blog series

This is a story about how water data standards, computational hard work, high-performance computing, serendipity and synergy led to an operational capability for nationwide forecasting of streamflow and flooding at high-resolution, in near-real-time. This has been evolving for several years now, but has gone into hyper-drive in just the last couple years. 

2015 The Year in Summary – 2016 The Year Ahead

As we enter the New Year, I want to take this opportunity to summarize some of the accomplishments of the Consortium over the past 12 months, and to provide you with insight into some of the activities envisioned or already underway for 2016. 

2015 proved to be a productive year for the OGC. OGC members advanced a range of new and revised standards and associated best practices of value to the community. Accomplishments include:

Testbed 12 Interoperability Testbed proposals due soon!

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) issued a Request for Quotations/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) in the OGC Testbed 12 Interoperability Testbed on 23 October 2015. Proposals for the Aviation thread are due by 5:00 pm EST on 20 November 2015; proposals for all the other threads are due by 5:00 pm EST on 11 December. This initiative stands to be one of the largest Testbeds conducted in the history of the OGC Interoperability Program (IP). Details about Testbed 12 and the RFQ/CFP are available at the following link:

A retrospective on the OGC Interoperability Program: "Innovation in OGC"

A history of the OGC Interoperability Program was just published the the ISPRS International Journal of GeoInformation (IJGI).  The article was written by the four people who have served as Executive Directors of the program:  Jeff Harrison, Nadine Alameh, Terry Idol and George Percivall.

This is the abstract of the paper:

Amazon IoT and the candidate OGC SensorThings API Standard

  • Posted on: 2 November 2015
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Contributed by: 
Steve Liang (Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Canada and Editor of OGC SensorThings API)

Interoperability is a major challenge for the Internet of Things (IoT). The real potential of  IoT, like the potential of the Internet itself, lies in “systems of IoT systems” rather than IoT systems that operate as isolated technology silos. Real interoperability requires layers of standards, and each layer addresses different interoperability challenges.  

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