The Met Ocean Domain Working Group of OGC is now approaching its 5th birthday - it was established in 2009 at the OGC Athens Technical Committee, transformed itself from just 'Meteorology' to 'Meteorology & Oceanography', and persuaded everyone that Climatology is a subset, so did not need a separate interest group like Hydrology.
OGC was formed by a few exceptional people – David Schell, Ken Gardels, Kurt Buehler, Carl Reed and a few others – who had a vision of how much more value to society geospatial data could have if only the sources of data and the software services used to manipulate it could be made to work together simply and straightforwardly without the complexity, time-wasting and cost of working with multiple bespoke formats and interfaces. They not only had the foresight to see this opportunity but the insight, skills and determination to make vision become fact.
The OGC was formally founded in 1994 after a long series of meetings organized to discuss possibilities for opening up and growing the geospatial market. In the 20 years since those first meetings, membership has grown annually and the OGC has continuously evolved its process to better meet member needs in a rapidly evolving market. Agreements on process change have sometimes resulted in adjustments to the organization's goals and structure, and they have very often resulted in changes to the Technical Committee Policies and Procedures.
The OGC is off to a good start on another year of work with the international aviation information systems community. Earlier this month the tenth annual OGC Web Services testbed activity (OGC Testbed 10) kicked off, with Aviation as one if its main "threads". The AAtS (Aircraft Access to System Wide Aviation Management (SWIM)) Request for Information is out, and the SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) MOSIA consortium work is underway.
Sparx Systems has been the sponsor of the Academic Excellence in INSPIRE Award for the past three years, and this year Sparx Systems was also one of the sponsors of an additional recognition, the CEN/TC 287 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Inspire 2013, which is awarded to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The European Commission's 2007 INSPIRE Directive establishes an infrastructure for spatial information in Europe to support community environmental policies.
Academic Excellence in INSPIRE Award
"I didn't know it existed"; "I couldn't get access to it"; and "It's not compatible with my system" are barriers that are falling away as implementations of the OGC's web catalogue, map, feature and coverage service standards become widely used. Another barrier, "I don't trust it", remains.
Geospatial Data has always been Big Data. Now Big Data Analytics for geospatial data is available to allow users to analyze massive volumes of geospatial data. Petabyte archives for remotely sensed geodata were being planned in the 1980s, and growth has met expectations. Add to this the ever increasing volume and reliability of real time sensor observations, the need for high performance, big data analytics for modeling and simulation of geospatially enabled content is greater than ever. In the
One of the core benefits of adhering to open standards is the ability to exchange geospatial data in an open, interoperable manner. This ability is key when dealing with heterogeneous software components and architectures that need to communicate with each other. An example that is being investigated within the OGC's Geo4NIEM initiative is the achievement of Maritime Domain Awareness. Within this initiative, Luciad is using its OGC-compatible software components to demonstrate the