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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.

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.

New OGC standard has an important role in improving shared situational awareness.

  • Posted on: 23 May 2012
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Roger Brackin, MSc, Envitia Research Director

A new standard being developed in the OGC has an important part in improving shared situational awareness. The candidate OGC Web Services (OWS) Context standard encodes the key elements of a common operating picture: the geographic area, an optional time range, and an ordered series of layers from different services or inline content. This allows a situational awareness view of one user to be passed to other users so that the same picture can be reconstructed.

OWS-9 Testbed Kick-off at George Mason University

The OGC's OWS-9 Interoperability Initiative, backed by 10 sponsors and 39 participating organizations, has started up with a May 14-16 Kickoff Event at George Mason University (GMU).

OWS-9 kickoff group photo

Prof Vikas Chandhoke, Dean of the College of Science, provided introductions on the first day, and Nadine Alameh, Ph.D., OWS-9 Initiative Manager, led the 3-day event.

Emergency Response will be only as useful as privacy laws allow

  • Posted on: 14 May 2012
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Kevin Pomfret

There are several free and “for fee” apps in the iPhone and Android app marketplaces that leverage the Open GeoSMS standard recently approved by the OGC. One of the apps’ primary benefits is for people to send location-enabled texts to first responders in order to learn the best evacuation procedures during a crisis and/or to facilitate rescue.   Without the automatic inclusion of location in the texts, first responders often have difficulty determining the location of the sender of the text, and how best to respond.

Athina Trakas to speak at FOSS4G Central and East Europe Conference

  • Posted on: 12 May 2012
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Chair of the conference Dr. Karel Charvat, and Tomas Mildorf

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.

Convergence, interoperability and standards

  • Posted on: 5 April 2012
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Geoff Zeiss, Director of Utility Industry Program, Autodesk, Inc.

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

UK Location Strategy Releases OWS Guide for INSPIRE Data Publishers

  • Posted on: 12 March 2012
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Tim Martin, GIS Consultant, Ordnance Survey Great Britain

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.

Investigating OGC Standards' Potential Role in Healthier, More Resilient Communities

  • Posted on: 7 March 2012
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Eddie Oldfield, Director, New Brunswick Climate Change Hub

Over the past decade, location data and spatial analytics have played a transformative role in addressing a number of global issues. My interest has focused on improving public health and sustainable communities through improved sharing of geospatial information.

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