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

Release Date: 

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.

Sharing rivers of data

  • Posted on: 6 February 2015
Contributing Author Information:
Contributed by: 
Peter Taylor,
 Research Engineer,
 Digital Productivity Flagship

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

GEO Announces Call for Participation in 8th GEOSS Pilot with OGC Leadership

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30 January 2015 – The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has announced a Call for Participation (CFP) in the 8th phase of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-8). AIP-8 aims to increase the use of GEOSS resources by end-users. An end-user might be, for example, a farmer in a developing nation whose cell phone app accesses an online service that supplies planting advice and market forecasts based on sophisticated processing of data acquired by satellites, local Internet-connected sensors, and social networks.

Mobile World Congress

Monday, 2015-03-02
Thursday, 2015-03-05

Over the course of four days, 2-5 March 2015, Mobile World Capital Barcelona will host the world’s greatest mobile event: Mobile World Congress.

The mobile communications revolution is driving the world’s major technology breakthroughs. From wearable devices to connected cars and homes, mobile technology is at the heart of worldwide innovation. As an industry, we are connecting billions of people to the transformative power of the Internet and mobilising every device we use in our daily lives.

In short, we’re on The Edge of Innovation, and the possibilities are endless. The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead.

We’ll see you in Barcelona!


Depending on the type of pass selected, attendees can take advantage of the many components that make up this industry-leading event:

  • A world-class thought-leadership Conference featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions
  • A cutting-edge product and technology Exhibition featuring more than 1,900 exhibitors
  • The world’s best venue for seeking industry opportunities, making deals, and networking
  • App Planet, the Centre of the Mobile Apps Universe, where the mobile app community gathers to learn, network and engage with innovators
  • Global Mobile Awards programme, where we recognise industry innovation and achievements
  • And, all MWC pass holders can attend 4YFN, an event focused on startups, corporations, and investors


Click here to register to attend MWC 2015. If you’d like to Get Involved by being an Exhibitor, Sponsor, Partner or Advertiser at the event, contact our Sales team today!

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Tuesday, 2015-03-10
Thursday, 2015-03-12

The Locate15 Conference and Exhibition Open Day is Australia & New Zealand’s leading Spatial event consolidating the top Australian spatial industry events.  A central meeting point for industry, government and academia in one of the fastest growing industries. 

Locate15 is designed to energise the location industry, inspire both producers and consumers of location information, and drive greater awareness, adoption and innovation.

Stream Topics:

  • Innovation, Research & Development
  • Managing our investment in Infrastructure & Utilities
  • Open Data – for economic growth & public services
  • Unlocking the power of location  (Surveying Stream)
  • Securing our Nation, Disaster & Emergency Management
  • Sustainable management of our natural resources  
  • CRC‐SI Next Generation SI
  • Environment

For more information on registering for Locate15 or if you would like to consider exhibiting or sponsorship, please visit or contact Caryn Morgan on 61+2+ 9810 2701 or caryn [at]


OGC seeks public comment on candidate 3D Portrayal Service Standard

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28 January 2015 - The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC 3D Portrayal Service (3DPS) Standard.

In the last decade, progress in airborne and mobile laser scanning and photogrammetric methods has brought an explosion of terrain data and detailed 3D models of the built environment. The 3d models are often maintained in proprietary environments.

OGC seeks public comment on candidate 3D Portrayal Service Standard

Please note:  This Request closed on 27 February 2015.
Open Date: 
Wed, 01/28/2015
Closing Date: 
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 05:00

In the last decade, progress in airborne and mobile laser scanning and photogrammetric methods has brought an explosion of terrain data and detailed 3D models of the built environment. The 3d models are often maintained in proprietary environments. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Web3D Consortium have both been working to address the need for interoperability, as well as the content challenges of volume, access speed, and diversity of devices. The Web3D Consortium has focused on open standards for real-time 3D visualization, including streaming, and their members developed a Geospatial Component extension for X3D. The OGC has focused on developing a service interface to provide interoperable access to 3D geospatial data servers. In 2012, a group of OGC members, building on work done in both organizations, completed the 3D Portrayal Interoperability Experiment (3DPIE) to develop and evaluate best practices for 3D portrayal services.


Comments can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector for a thirty day period ending on the "Close request date" listed above, Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document. Please submit your comments using the following link: requests [at] (Click here to submit comments) The link provided above should include a standard template in the message body. If the preloaded message body does not work properly using your mail client, please refer to the following template for the message body: Comments Template


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GEOSS Architecture Roundtable

Tuesday, 2015-02-10
Tuesday, 2015-02-10

You are cordially invited to participate in

A Roundtable Discussion on Advancements in Information Technology and the Next Ten Years of the Global Earth Observation System of System

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 13:30-17:00
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, DC 2001

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a global partnership of 97 governments and 88 organizations, is working to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) – a network of Earth observation systems, databases and models. The purpose of GEOSS is to provide access to critical environmental information to decision-makers around the world. With the recent evolution of data & analytics technologies, as well as an increasing demand for access to data, services and information, GEO is preparing a forward-looking strategy to capitalize on the advancements in computing architecture, data discovery, and information delivery.

To help GEO plan its post-2015 strategy, this roundtable event will explore the options for the GEOSS architecture post 2015. It will include a discussion of partnership opportunities with commercial companies and the open-source community.

This event will be held during the Esri Federal GIS Conference. Participation is by invitation only. Please use this link to register:

Information on the conference events is available at:

There will be free on-site registration for GEO Meeting attendees at the main registration at the Esri Federal GIS Conference.