In Memoriam - Doug Nebert
Doug Nebert attended some of the early meetings that led to the formation of the OGC. He was actively involved from the beginning as a geospatial technology expert with the US Geological Survey and the National Geospatial Data Committee. He participated in early discussions as the concept of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) was coming into being, and he played a key role in the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), first by setting up the NSDI Clearinghouse that provided a metadata-rich catalog of US datasets, and then by guiding the FGDC as it began to embrace open encoding and service interface standards.
Doug was a gracious individual, a familiar face at OGC meetings, and he had a brilliant mind. Doug chaired several working groups, contributed to countless OGC documents and worked tirelessly to advance the vital components of Spatial Data Infrastructure at all levels of government – not only in the USA but around the world. He was a recognized expert on all things geospatial, and was well known for his expertise in metadata and catalogs. Doug was also a member of a small group of insightful OGC members who in the late 1990's helped establish what has become today's OGC Interoperability Program.
In 2005, Doug received OGC's highest award, the Kenneth D. Gardels Award, for his significant personal and professional contributions to advancing the OGC community, and for his leadership in advancing geospatial interoperability and open standards globally.