OGC requests comment on LandInfra Conceptual Model

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22 January 2015 - The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) membership has issued a Request for Comments on the OGC LandInfra Conceptual Model.

This document, the first public draft of the OGC's proposed UML conceptual model for land parcels and the built environment, communicates the proposed intent and content of a new candidate OGC standard to be called the OGC InfraGML Encoding Standard. The UML conceptual model establishes a single set of consistent concepts that could be implemented in GML (as InfraGML) or in other encoding mechanisms.

OGC requests scenarios for Crisis Management ICT Workshop

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21 January 2015 - The OGC and Fraunhofer IOSB have organized the Geospatial ICT Support for Crisis Management and Response workshop at ISCRAM 2015. The workshop organizers invite participation and they invite participants to submit crisis scenario descriptions. These will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of existing international geospatial data encoding and service standards.

Scott Serich appointed OGC Director, Interoperability Programs

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14 January 2015. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces that it has appointed Dr. Scott Serich as Director, Interoperability Programs. Dr. Serich will support OGC’s participation in the Project Interoperability initiative sponsored by the U.S. Government Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), an OGC member.

Bridging across bridges: engaging the geoscience research community in standards development (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a multipart series. Click here for Part 1 or Part 3

First, I’d like to mention some comments to Part 1, in which I posed a question: “A small but committed number of academic researchers are helping develop OGC standards, but the vast majority are not. Why do some get into it, and why don't more?”

Defence Geospatial Intelligence Conference - London

Monday, 2015-01-19
Wednesday, 2015-01-21

DGI – Providing breakthroughs in geospatial intelligence for decision support

DGI is the most significant event in Europe for the national security community. The summit focuses on how key decisions are supported through the provision of location intelligence for government and industry leaders from across NATO, Europe and international mission partners.

DGI  2015 Speakers Include:  

  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach,  Vice Chief of Defence Staff, UK MoD
  • Air Vice Marshal Jon Rigby, Director Cyber, Intelligence and Information Integration, UK MoD
  • Vice Admiral (ret'd) Robert Murrett, Deputy Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)
  • Philip Chudoba, Assistant Director of Intelligence, HQ Marine Corps, US Marine Corps
  • John Kedar, Director, Strategic Business Development, Ordnance Survey
  • Brigadier General Paul Hurmuz, Deputy Director, Intelligence Division, NATO International Military Staff
  • Gil Klinger, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space and Intelligence, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics United States Defense Department
  • Colleen D’Iorio, Director General, Programs and Integrated Planning, will represent the Canadian Space Agency


Download the Agenda to have a complete overview of the event http://dgi.wbresearch.com/agenda

If you want to attend you can book in 3 easy ways

-          Online at dgi.wbresearch.com/pricing

-          Call us on +44 (0) 207 368 9465

-          Email us at dgi [at] wbr.co.uk



OGC and Fraunhofer IOSB Workshop at ISCRAM 2015: Geospatial ICT Support for Crisis Management and Response

Sunday, 2015-05-24
Sunday, 2015-05-24

The ISCRAM 2015 conference, 24-27 May in Kristiansand, Norway, will provide a platform that stimulates discussions and strives to find answers that enable the design of information systems for better crisis and emergency management. 

AT ISCRAM 2015, the OGC and Fraunhofer IOSB workshop, Geospatial ICT Support for Crisis Management and Response, will be held on the afternoon of May 24, 2015.

Call for participation

Efficient crisis response and management requires well-informed actors and stakeholders and effective means for communication and policy enforcement. A secure and dependable geospatial information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure may be an indispensable aid if it is tailored to the needs of the respective risk and crisis management phases and the various users.

During an ISCRAM 2015 workshop experts of the risk and crisis management community will meet software architects and engineers of the geospatial domain. It shall launch a discussion forum between ISCRAM and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), especially its Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) domain working group.

You are invited to contribute to this workshop by providing a one page scenario description out of the crisis and response management domain which will finally be entered into a use case server at according to a pre-defined template. The scenario shall be written from a user’s and/or stakeholder’s point of view, but motivate and claim an urgent and challenging need for geospatial ICT support exceeding current capabilities in terms of functionality or quality. Furthermore, the scenario shall identify the actors, their roles, the geographic and temporal scope as well as the type of disaster.

A maximum of five authors will be selected to present and discuss their scenario at the workshop. ICT experts of the geospatial domain will present existing service and data model capabilities. A facilitated discussion will identify the requirements and map them to future ICT capabilities in the light of emerging technological trends.

Interested representatives of both communities may participate to the workshop also without submission of a scenario.

The deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2015

Please plan to attend, and send your scenarios to the workshop co-chairs:

Dr. Thomas Usländer, Fraunhofer IOSB
Head of Department Information Management and Production Control (ILT)  
thomas.uslaender [at] iosb.fraunhofer.de

Dr. Ingo Simonis, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Director of Interoperability Programs and Science
isimonis [at] opengeospatial.org