Athina Trakas (OGC) will speak about OGC standards at the plenary session at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial in Central and East Europe (FOSS4G-CEE) & Geoinformatics, an international conference addressing geospatial technologies developed by, or relevant to, the Open Source community in Central and Eastern Europe. It will be held from 21st till 23rd May 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.
OGC develops and publishes open standards not only for maps and geospatial analysis but also to help us share real time observed data from sensors. There is a very important activity within OGC called
Back in 2000, the OGC Members determined that the W3C XLink recommendation was well suited to the requirements for GML 2.0 as well as other OGC standards. However, at that time, W3C did not have a XLink schema. Therefore, the OGC Members decided to define an OGC XLink schema that was based on the W3C XLink recommendation. This XLink schema is now used in numerous OGC standards (See below).
During the last week in March and the first week of April I had the fortune to visit UN offices in Vienna, Austria and Geneva, Switzerland.
In the 200 years since the beginning of the industrial revolution, urbanisation has been occurring at an exponential rate – representing the largest impact humans have had on the planet. Infrastructure development and maintenance is in need of major investment, estimated to be on the order of $24 trillion over the next couple of decades – and most of the funding will have to come from the private sector. The World Economic Forum estimates that we will have to build the same urban capacity (housing, infrastructure and facilities) in the next 40 years
Last week in Austin, Texas, there was a meeting of the OGC members who are planning an OGC North American Forum. People working in organizations representing Canada, Mexico and the United States of America came together to outline the goals and the formulation of the forum. You are probably wondering what this has to do with the Middle East. Well, quite a lot actually.
This year's Free and Open Source Software for GIS conference will take place in Dessau (Germany) from 20-22 March. 
In recent years it has been a successful approach to combine the OSGeo conference with the Open Street Map
The European Commission's ISA (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations) programme invites the public to provide input on the important steps towards improving interoperability across Europe. In an open review process, citizens are invited to comment on three fundamental data entities: Core Person Vocabulary, Core Business Vocabulary, Core Location Vocabulary. 
Under INSPIRE, to improve environmental policy making in Europe, Member States must make available in a consistent format spatial datasets within the scope of the Directive, and create services for accessing these datasets.