OGC Meetings and International Augmented Reality Standards Meeting to be held 12-17 June 2011 in Taiwan

Steven Ramage
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
sramage [at] opengeospatial.org
Phone: +47 9862 6865
Tuesday, 7 June 2011 UTC

7 June 2011 - The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announced that it will hold the next OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings (http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/1106tc) from 12-17 June 2011 in Taichung, Taiwan. This is the first time that OGC meetings have been held in Taiwan.

The week’s events will run concurrently with the Third International AR (Augmented Reality) Standards Meeting, which the OGC is hosting with the support of the OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee meeting sponsors.

As well as OGC web services, industry has now reached out to the OGC to help formalise and internationalise community work in areas like Open GeoSMS and Augmented Reality.

During the meetings, there will be a very full agenda, including presentations and discussions in many of the OGC Domain Working Groups (http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/wg). The OGC facilitates more than 50 working groups made up of domain experts from across the world. These working groups provide a forum for discussion of key business and technical issues relating to geospatial information integration and interoperability.

Taiwanese developers introduced the candidate Open GeoSMS standard into the OGC standards process. This candidate standard plays a role, along with SWE standards, in Taiwan’s Debris Flow Monitoring system (http://www.awareforum.org/2011/03/sensor-web-enablement-application-for-debris-flow-monitoring-system-in-taiwan/) and other applications. Open GeoSMS Interoperability Day will be held on 17 June from 13:00 to 16:30 in Taipei, Taiwan. At this event, various mobile network operators and developers will test the ability of their implementations to exchange Open GeoSMS messages among heterogeneous geospatial software products and services. For the purpose of further promoting and marketing the Open GeoSMS standard, ITRI will also contribute the Open GeoSMS logo under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY ND) and work with the OGC to promote the Open GeoSMS standard all over the world.

“The GIS Research Center at Feng Chia University is glad to have the honor of hosting the 77th OGC TC meeting in Taiwan,” said Lan-Kun (Peter) Chung, R&D Division Manager at the Center. “We have been involved in the OGC since 2006 and have been advancing OGC standards in government and enterprise applications. The value to users is obviously huge, and we are looking forward to improving the usability and extending the use of OGC standards in Taiwan and other Asia countries.”

The OGC encourages interested parties to consider attending OGC meetings. Non-members may attend as guests with approval by the OGC.  A limited number of discounted registrations will be provided on a first come basis.

To support the current trend toward more global participation in the OGC’s open standards process, the OGC has responded to requests for a fee structure that gives certain categories of organizations discounts based on their country of registration. These categories include government, academic, research, not-for-profit, individuals, and some for-profit organizations.

OGC standards are being used by governments worldwide to support policy analysis and decision making. Governments are a key driver in the OGC’s efforts to develop global representation through new members in regions including Asia, Africa and South America. Growth has been strong recently among Asia Pacific nations. Governments’ needs for information integration and the ability to share geospatial information within organizations, across organizations and across borders, has increased dramatically in recent years. To meet this need, one element of OGC’s flexible membership pricing approach is GovFuture, a new kind of membership for government agencies operating at the local, state or provincial levels in all countries. GovFuture membership focuses on helping local and sub-national governments implement and use OGC standards to achieve government mission objectives.

The OGC invites all persons interested in Augmented Reality (AR) to attend the two-day meeting of the community promoting open and interoperable AR through the adoption of standards. The AR meeting will be hosted by the OGC in conjunction with member meetings. “The goals of the AR community are very well aligned with the OGC’s and having our meetings co-located will permit us to find opportunities for collaboration,” said Christine Perey, AR meeting co-chair. More details are available on http://www.perey.com/ARStandards/third-international-ar-standards-meeting/. Meeting registration is open: (https://portal.opengeospatial.org/public_ogc/register/ar_workshop.php) and the final meeting agenda will be published May 15, 2011 at (http://www.perey.com/ARStandards/third-meeting-agenda/).

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 415 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.