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Celebrating Public-Private Partnerships at INSPIRE-Geospatial World Forum 2015

  • Posted on: 8 April 2015
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Ms. Annu Negi - COO and Sr. VP outreach and business development division, Geospatial Media with Athina Trakas, Director of European Services, OGC

After six Geospatial World Forum conferences, this year Geospatial Media and Communications was presented with an excellent opportunity to work together with our colleagues at the European Commission to co-organize the Forum and the INSPIRE conference. The OGC, too, has been actively engaged as a Strategic Partner.

Berlin 3D Portal provides CityGML data for 550,000 buildings

  • Posted on: 25 March 2015
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Berlin Partner

This OGC Blog Post is a reposting of a March 13, 2015 press release from the Berlin Partner for Business and Technology.


The Berlin city model available as Open Data Berlin plays a leading role throughout Europe in the digital economy – as of today a 3D city model of the German capital is available to the public as Open Data.

OGC standards enable a new collaborative business model for providing imagery and imaging services

  • Posted on: 13 March 2015
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Edric Keighan, President & CEO, CubeWerx and Glenn Stowe, Product Manager, Cubewerx

For more than 20 years, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has been leaving its footprint on the rapidly-evolving Spatial Data Infrastructure market. OGC web services standards, derived from the needs of a large international community of geospatial practitioners, have become a catalyst for a new collaborative business model for delivering geospatial data and geoprocessing services.

Metropolitan Lyon makes its 3D Data Reference available

  • Posted on: 26 February 2015
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Manuel Plane

For the sixth Interoperability Day organized by the French forum of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) in 2012, the Lyon metropolis created a first sample of CityGML data in order to test its integration within different market tools. The program of this experiment is described at: http://www.forumogcfrance.org/journee-interoperabilite/archives-2012/programme-77/

OGC Member Snowflake Discusses Benefits of Testbed Participation

  • Posted on: 23 February 2015
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Richard Rombouts

On January 12, 2015, Richard Rombouts, Senior Technical Consultant and Training Lead at Snowflake Software, talked with Ron Exler, Senior Consultant at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) about Snowflake’s participation in the OGC and the OGC's Testbed 11, and how the company has benefited from participation.

Sharing rivers of data

  • Posted on: 6 February 2015
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Peter Taylor,
 Research Engineer,
 Digital Productivity Flagship
, CSIRO

Measuring freshwater resources in our rivers and catchments is tricky business. Even trying to get an idea of how much water is flowing past a point in a river raises many questions: how fast is the water moving, what is the shape of the river channel, are there weeds growing on the bank, how does the speed of the water vary across the river section? Field hydrologists spend their days measuring and updating all this information to

OGC and buildingSMART International developing InfraGML, a new standard for land and infrastructure information

  • Posted on: 2 September 2014
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Paul Scarponcini

LandXML is a non-proprietary XML (eXtensible Mark-up Language) data file format containing civil engineering and survey measurement data commonly used in the Land Development and Transportation Industries.  The LandXML user community consists of over 650 organizations with 750 members in over 40 countries and the standard is supported by over 70 registered software products.  

Implementing SensorThings for OpenIoT

  • Posted on: 25 August 2014
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Steve Liang

Editor’s note:

Earlier this month, Steve Liang, chair of the OGC SensorThings Standards Working Group (SWG) received an email from someone planning to implement the candidate SensorThings API on top of the OpenIoT platform. She wanted to get answers to these questions about SensorThings before coding:

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