OGC Members Bring Interoperability To GeoTec Event

Mark Reichardt Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open GIS Consortium, Inc tel: +1-301-840-1361
Friday, 19 March 2004 UTC
Wayland, MA, USA, March 19, 2004 - Today's technologies do not live in a vacuum. Government, business, academia and the public demand that the information technologies we depend on work together effectively to enable information sharing. Members of the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) will demonstrate how that can happen using OpenGIS(R) Interface Specifications at the GeoTec Event 2004 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 28-31, 2004. OGC members will demonstrate how their products take advantage of OGC interfaces to optimize discovery, access, integration and application of geospatial information and applications on servers accessible via the Internet. Vendors will illustrate a range of OpenGIS Specifications, including Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), Coordinate Transformation, Grid Coverages, Simple Features, Catalog and Geography Markup Language (GML) Specifications. Cadcorp, Inc., Galdos Systems, GeoConnections, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, MapInfo, Safe Software and other vendors will illustrate the ability of users to share data and applications across distributed networks, varying processing platforms and vendor brands. Conference attendees are encouraged to visit each of the participating vendors for a chance to win software prizes including copies of Cadcorp SIS Map Manager V6, and MapInfo Professional. Attendees are also invited to workshops and presentations on interoperability topics. Highlights include a workshop titled "Introduction to GML" and papers including "Building an OGC-based GIS Solution - Architecture and Demonstration," "Web-based Economic Analysis Mapping Using a Remote OGC-WMS Server" and "3D GSN 3D Client: An OGC 3D Browser for Geospatial Data Visualization." There will also be a panel discussion on "OGC Interoperability through Oracle Database Toolkits." Several vendors will also be showcasing OpenGIS implementations in the Vendor Seminar sessions. OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 250 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGISĀ® 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 http://www.opengeospatial.org. Further information about the GeoTec Event is available at http://www.geoplace.com/gt. -- end --