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OGC's President Receives CIO Magazine's 20/20 Award

Mark Reichardt Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open GIS Consortium, Inc tel: +1-301-840-1361 mreichardt [at]
Release Date: 
Friday, 4 October 2002 UTC
Wayland, MA, USA, October 4, 2002 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced today that OGC President, David Schell this week received a CIO Magazine 20/20 Vision award as a "visionary creator/seller of technology." Mr. Schell will participate with other 20/20 Vision award winners on a panel moderated by Esther Dyson at CIO Magazine's Perspectives Conference, Oct. 6 - 8 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, CA. See "The CIO 20/20 Vision Awards mark the first award program we've done to honor individuals instead of organizations," says Abbie Lundberg, CIO magazine's editor-in-chief. "We want to recognize the executives responsible for major organization achievements. The honorees are leaders and pioneers who have the vision and drive to make a difference." In 1994, Schell and a group of professionals dedicated to standards and interoperability founded the Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC), a 501 (c)6 not-for-profit membership organization. Bringing together an intensely competitive group of vendors and a diverse group of users, his vision has resulted in a consortium of over 220 members worldwide who have built a remarkable open framework that supports communication involving all types of spatial and temporal information and spatial applications and services. OGC's OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperability among systems and services for measuring and referencing the Earth and also among geo-processing systems and services such as geographic information systems (GIS), spatially enabled databases, automated mapping and facilities management (AM/FM), digital cartography, navigation, Earth imaging (remote sensing), and Location Based Services (online services for mobile, position-aware networked devices). Due to recent work in OGC, anyone building Web-based information systems can now incorporate standards-based commercial off-the-shelf (or non-commercial) spatial data, services, and components that provide a wide variety of spatial capabilities. This opens the door to integration of spatial capabilities into information systems of all kinds. Earlier this year, the leadership of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) nominated Mr. Schell for the CIO 20/20 award. Mr. Bob Samborski, Executive Director of GITA, noted that, "OGC enables information sharing among diverse producers and users of 'where' information by specifying the interfaces that enable communication among diverse spatial software components. David's CIO 20/20 Award is a fitting tribute to his vision and hard work, without which we wouldn't have these specifications." OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 230 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at . -- end --