UK Ireland Forum

The OGC UK Ireland Forum is an informal organization of the OGC members in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It is open to all OGC members located wholly or in part in the UK or Ireland. The Forum started in 2006 and its activities are governed by committee.

The Forum's aims are

  • to increase the profile and awareness of geospatial interoperability standards in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, with national and local government as well as commercial and industry organizations
  • to provide a forum for the collaboration of developers and users of spatial data products and services
  • to assist in the definition of a set of standards to meet the requirements of the UK and Ireland
  • to assist organizations to understand the tangible benefits of implementing geospatial interoperability standards, to identify the relevant standards, and to plan for success in realizing these benefits through use of compliant products.
  • to strive to work with other relevant industry and government bodies to achieve the OGC vision.

Furthermore, the following principles are followed:

  • Promotion and adoption of existing OGC standards in the form of a simple "working set" appropriate to the UK and Irish markets, and working with the OGC Architecture Board (OAB) to support this process.
  • Creation of a message suitable for the general market in the UK & Ireland, tailored for regional use cases that address the question: "Why do I want to use compliant products?" The Forum also address the related issue of what resources and materials are needed to educate the market and teach people how to define their requirements.
  • Creation of a persistent network test-bed for the UK and Ireland as part of a broader global infrastructure, for research, testing and demonstration, as well as creation of a reliable resource capable of supporting critical public and private sector program specification needs
  • Development of supportive and synergistic working relationships with the AGI and similar organizations so as to complement their programs and achieve authentic mutual benefit.

The UK Ireland Forum has a memorandum with EuroSDR (European Spatial Data Research), a research platform for national mapping agencies, academic institutes, the private sector, industry and other groups concerned with European spatial data infrastructures vital to sustainable spatial planning and development. EuroSDR was established in 1953. To facilitate research into geospatial interoperability and Web-based GIS, a project to establish a persistent testbed for geospatial research and teaching was commissioned by EuroSDR, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE). This testbed acts as a research testbed for collaborative European research in geospatial interoperability.