There are many, many international geospatial conferences. There are those dedicated to scientific topics, some related to specific topics, such as the GSDI Association conferences and spatial data infrastructures, and then there are many vendor-specific conferences and exhibitions. However, there are very few geospatial events dedicated to bringing together all the industry leaders from the public sector, the private sector, academia and research.
The OGC's process and standards play a critical role as business requirements for communication of location become a key issue for the mobile industry.
The Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard recently announced Version 1.0 of WorldMap, a milestone in our longstanding effort to build a public technology platform to support research collaboration around geospatial information at Harvard. WorldMap is open source software and provides scholars anywhere in the world with the tools to discover, organize, visualize, create, share, and publish geographically referenced information.
Next week the OGC is supporting the India Geospatial Forum (IGF 2012) at the Epicentre in Gurgaon, India. During this important event, there will be an OGC India Forum meeting on Thursday 9 February, morning till lunch. As Chair of this forum, it is my pleasure to invite all geospatial professionals to attend this meeting.
There are several projects underway or already committed in the OGC related to water resources information systems, and because of the widespread and international nature of these activities it seems like a good time for a general update.
Gazetteers provide valuable information about geospatial features, including their names, locations, and feature types. In fact, geographic names are the most common form of locational reference and are key to accessing, linking, and mapping other online information. Since this resource is so important, there's growing interest in sharing and updating geographic names across standard Web services interfaces. To meet this challenge OGC members have developed an updated approach for sharing geographic names - the OGC Gazetteer Service Best Practice.
If I were presented with an opportunity to choose my top 3 events with geospatial significance, the Eye on Earth Summit and Exhibition Abu Dhabi would be on the list. In terms of prominent speakers, useful content, business networking, amazing choreography and inspiration, this event had it all.
In last week's OGC TC meeting in Brussels, I gave a talk in the Mass Market Domain Working Group which mentioned funding that our project received from the Taiwan government, collaborations with Ushahidi and Sahana, and the Samoa Cyclone Simulation. Here is the presentation (19.6MB).
Next week a global event is taking place in the Middle East, specifically in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It’s called the Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi 2011 Summit and Exhibition and it takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 12th to 15th December. The goal is to bring together world experts to facilitate greater access to environmental and societal data to help achieve sustainable development especially for emerging economies.