INSPIRE-GWF 2015 (Geospatial World Forum)

Monday, 2015-05-25
Friday, 2015-05-29

The theme of this year's conference is "CONVERGENCE: Policies + Practices + Processes via Public Private Partnerships". The conference aims to address the need for greater coordination among policy-makers, technology providers and users to benefit the industry, and to highlight geospatial workflows as an enabler for successful PPPs by facilitating more informed decision making among the stakeholders. 

OGC Member involvement

The OGC as Strategic Partner is involved on various levels in the conference and will present in various sessions with a focus on open standards. Additionally many OGC members will provide updates on actual standards developments and use of OGC standards in their projects. Some of these are listed below:

CNR (Italian National Research Council) staff Lorenzo Bigagli presents on 28th May at the Open Data track about "Open Access to Research Data - Perspectives from the RECODE Project".

Epsilon Italia will be exhibiting in the eENVplus booth (#26), represented by Giacomo Martirano, who will be present the whole week. Giacomo will present at the Urban Energy workshop on Monday 25th. He will also present “An On-line Executable Test Suite to Validate Annex I-II-III INSPIRE Datasets” (co-author Luis Bermudez) on Tuesday 26th at the eENVplus workshop (Friday 29th)

Esri will be a corporate sponsor and have a booth. Damian Spangrud, Esri Director of Solutions, will deliver a keynote in Plenary 3. Esri will Co-sponsor and present at the LIS & Smart Cities Workshop. Esri will also have a dedicated workshop entitled “INSPIRE – From compliance to maximizing use in an open innovation ecosystem". In addition, an Esri representative will present a paper in one of the Standards & Interoperability sessions entitled, "GIS Data Models for INSPIRE and ELF".

GET will be exhibiting, with Gabriel Mavrellis and Thodoris Vakkas in attendance. Thodoris will present on Thursday 28th May between 09:00 and 12:30 (exact time is not fixed yet) and also will present a case study at the workshop organized by Boundless on Wednesday 27th May, 14.00-17.30.

Jacobs University staff Peter Baumann presents on "The EarthServer Initiative: Analyzing Massive Spatio-Temporal Datacubes" on Wednesday, 27th May.

lat/lon will be be exhibiting (booth No 45) with two other companies and organised the workshop on INSPIRE GIS on Thursday, 28th May.  Sebastian Goerke will additionally present on "implementing INSPIRE Validation and Conformity Testing Tools with Open Source Software" at the Open Source track on Tuesday, 27th May.

Natural Resources Canada will have a presence at INSPIRE-GWF. Prashant Shukle,  Director General of NRCan's Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, will be giving a plenary presentation entitled "The Value of Geomatics - Emerging Opportunities for the Public Sector". Eric Loubier, Director, GeoBase Canada Division will present on "Engaging the Policy Analyst - Integrating Location into Canada's Public Policy" within the Geospatial Policies track. And Cynthia Mitchell of the Federal Geospatial Platform Initiative, Earth Sciences Sector, Natural Resources Canada will be giving a presentation within the Open Data track, entitled: "Platforms, Policies and the Public - Integration of Canada's Geospatial Data and the Open Government Portal".

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:

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.

27th International Cartographic Conference Pre-conference workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015)

Thursday, 2015-08-20
Friday, 2015-08-21

This workshop aims to record examples of current SDI practice with an aim to identify benefits and challenges to implementing free and open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open (spatial) data in an SDI.

Submit your abstracts by March 2, 2015!

SDI-Open 2015: Pre-conference workshop on Spatial data infrastructures, standards, open source and open data for geospatial (SDI-Open 2015)

Friday, 2015-08-21

SDI-Open 2015 has been jointly organized by the Commission on Geoinformation Infrastructures and Standards and the Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies.

The workshop will be held at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), in Rio de Jaineiro, Brazil.

The discovery, access, exchange and sharing of geographic information and services among stakeholders from different levels in the spatial data community is facilitated through a spatial data infrastructure (SDI). Standards are key for the quality and development of interoperable geographic information and geospatial software. The drive for access to geographic information has led to its publication as open data, i.e. freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. According to a report by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), the use of opensource solutions is likely to increase significantly in the future as a viable alternative to proprietary suppliers. Open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open data policies are therefore significant for SDI development and implementation. This workshop aims to record examples of current SDI practice with an aim to identify benefits and challenges to implementing free and open source software for geospatial, geographic information standards and open (spatial) data in an SDI.

SDI resarchers and practitioners are invited to submit extended abstracts of 1,000-1,500 words that describe SDI case studies where open source software for geospatial is used in the technical implementation; and/orgeospatial standards are implemented; and/orgeographic information is accessible as open data.The case studies shall include the following:

Background information about the SDI, including the relevant policies.

A description of how open source, standards and/or open data are implemented in the SDI.

An evaluation of the motivators, benefits, barriers and challenges concerning implementation of open source software, standards and/or open data.

Based on the evaluation, provide recommendations for improvements and/or further work.



Extended abstracts have to be written in English. Contributions must be original and previously unpublished. Author guidelines are available at Abstracts have to be submitted through the online submission system, available at Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the organizing ICA Commissions. Upon acceptance, a revised abstract has to be submitted for inclusion in the workshop proceedings. At least one of the authors of an accepted abstract must register for the workshop and make an oral presentation at the workshop.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the online workshop proceedings with an ISBN number and will be openly archived on the ICA website under a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the work, with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and its initial publication in the online workshop proceedings. Authors of a selected number of high quality abstracts may be invited to submit an extended paper to a peer-reviewed journal.

Important dates
Call for abstracts opens:                                                     1 September 2014
Abstract submission:                                                          2 March 2015
Notification of acceptance:                                                1 June 2015
Submission of revised abstracts:                                      6 July 2015
Full workshop registration payment for presenters:          6 July 2015
27th ICC 2015 Conference                                                 23-28 August 2015

If you have any questions, please contact Antony Cooper acooper [at], Serena Coetzee serena.coetzee [at], Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand [at], Luciene Delazari luciene [at] ">luciene [at] or Silvana Camboim   silvanacamboim [at]

27th International Cartographic Conference 16th General Assembly

Sunday, 2015-08-23
Friday, 2015-08-28

The ICC 2015 in Rio de Janeiro will be an opportunity to reflect on how the fields of Cartography and Geoinformation Science are becoming more relevant than ever. Without maps we would be "spatially blind". Knowledge about spatial relations and location of objects is extremely important for enabling economic development, managing and administering land, handling disasters and crisis situations or simply to show individuals the best way to get to a specific place. The conference will gather cartography and GI science experts, governmental authorities, commercial cartography representatives, academics and students of Geoinformation (and related fields such as computer science, cognitive sciences or remote sensing), designers and artists, VGI and crowdsourcing activists. To sum it up, it will be an event for all those who are interested in the relevance, the attractiveness and the contemporaneity of maps and cartography! As the world authoritative body for cartography and GI Science, ICA is very pleased that Brazil, one of the most dynamic member states of ICA, is working hard to host the global community of Cartography and GI Science at ICC 2015. 

OGC and OMA to Exhibit Together at Mobile World Congress 2015

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10 February 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) today announced they will cooperate at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, March 2-5, 2015 in order to promote a unified message to the mobile community. Exhibiting in Hall 8.1, stand K52, members of OMA and the OGC will demonstrate how products and services enabled by standards developed at the two organizations have helped their companies achieve market success.

Carl Reed to retire as OGC's CTO and Executive Director Standards Program

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9 February 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces that on January 31 Carl Reed retired from his position as CTO and Executive Director Standards Program at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Scott Simmons will assume the role of Executive Director, Standards Program and George Percivall, OGC Chief Engineer, will assume the role of CTO.