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Successful AGI/OGC Interoperability Day in Exeter

  • Posted on: 6 July 2012
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Chris Ewing, Catastrophe Model Developer, Impact Forecasting team, Aon Benfield, London

On a sunny morning at the Met Office in Exeter, UK, Interoperability Day 2012 (#interop12 on Twitter) kicked off with 75 participants from around the world. The event was jointly organised by the OGC and the AGI (the UK's geospatial membership body) and took place on the Friday of the OGC Technical Committee/Planning Committee meetings.

The day started with an introduction to the OGC by Steven Ramage, an OGC staff member. This was greatly appreciated by the

David Wesloh Receives 2012 Gardels Award

Once each year, the OGC awards its highest honor, the Gardels Award, to an OGC member who has “made exemplary contributions to the OGC's consensus standards process”.  I had the pleasure of delivering the 2012 Gardels Award to Mr. David Wesloh of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for his exemplary service to the Consortium in addressing interoperability issues on behalf of his agency and the broader defense and intelligence community. The impacts of his contribution indeed extend well beyond his community of interest. His

Standards helped response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • Posted on: 25 June 2012
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Morishige Ota, Fellow, Kokusai Kogyo Co.,, Ltd.

A broad-based effort to employ geospatial analysis and information sharing contributed greatly to the disaster response effort after the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011.  OGC standards played an important role.

Sinsai.info (http://www.sinsai.info), a crisis-mapping site that uses the Ushahidi platform, was launched 4 hours after the earthquake occurred. "Sinsai" means earthquake disaster in Japanese.  Volunteers organized by Open Street Map Japan confirmed, geo-coded and uploaded more than 110,000 calls.

Harmonization of License Conditions: Opportunity or Futility?

  • Posted on: 21 June 2012
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Rudiger Gartmann, Conterra

Licensing of OGC services surely is a means to get more data published, which requires certain agreements and which otherwise is just locked away. At the recent GSDI World Conference (GSDI 13) in Quebec City I heard much talk about harmonizing license conditions in order to make it easier to classify them and build tools to support them. I fully agree that this would make life much easier, especially for software vendors like con terra. But our experience in dealing with these issues practically for many years – and in providing an off-the-shelf product to

Persistent Test Bed Phase 3 - Call for Participation: Authenticated Access to European Spatial Data Sets

  • Posted on: 18 June 2012
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Johannes Brauner, Technische Universität Dresden

Though more and more geodata from administrative bodies such as National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies becomes open, these government bodies usually hesitate to provide fully unrestricted access to their datasets, especially in Europe. Nevertheless, access to these data sets is often important for the research community. Additionally, particular license models are still lacking. These issues were raised by the recent OGC Web Services (OWS) Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment, the OGC Authentication Interoperability Experiment, and the EU-funded project ESDIN as well.

MundoGeo Connect Latin America 2012 - OGC participation Outcome

I was really happy to see all the excitement about OGC standards at MundoGeo Meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week. My keynote presentation had a lot in common with other speakers, emphasizing the need and challenges of making available more current geospatial data. These includes data that has been changed due to natural disasters and data merged with new technologies.

David Schell's Recent Lifetime Achievement Award


David Schell, founder of the OGC, was at the top of the list of recipients of geospatial leadership awards at the Geospatial World Forum 2012, held 23-27 April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Forum organizers focused on his role in transforming the geospatial industry through a consensus standards process.

GSDI 13 and the OGC Global Advisory Council

The work of the OGC has relevance across a number of domains or communities of interest, but in no domain has there has been more work done to harness the power of open geospatial standards than in the domain of Spatial Data Infrastructures. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of joining Mark Reichardt, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association Board member and President and CEO of the OGC, at the Global Geospatial Conference in Quebec. The GSDI Association was one of the primary

OGC en South America? OGC en Sur America?

Brazil exports airplanes to France. Colombia exports coffee and cotton. Other countries in South America lead in other industries and markets, but not yet in Geospatial Standards. Standards, which are formal agreements published by a standard organization, are  the prime material of Spatial Data Infrastructures. Currently these come mostly from brainpower and requirements from Europe and the US. OGC has about 30 domain groups and 40 standard working groups. People from 450 organizations form these working groups. But, how many organizations in South America are OGC members? Only one.

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