OGC Announces Canadian Interoperability Day to be held in Ottawa April 23

Mark Reichardt Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open GIS Consortium, Inc tel: +1-301-840-1361 mreichardt [at] opengeospatial.org
Friday, 16 April 2004 UTC
Wayland, MA, April 16, 2004. The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) announced the Canadian Interoperability Day, an all-day event to be held on April 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Canadian Interoperability Day is sponsored by OGC, PCI Geomatics and GeoConnections -- a Canadian partnership initiative led by Natural Resources Canada. Canadian agencies, organizations and companies will attend the Canadian Interoperability Day to learn about, witness and discuss the use of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) and the OpenGIS(R) Specifications that are a central part of the CGDI's standards infrastructure. Vendors of GIS and other geoprocessing systems will showcase their products working together on the network, showing the benefits of interoperability enabled by open interfaces and encodings that comply with OGC's OpenGIS Specifications. Exhibitors in the interoperability demonstration will include: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada AMEC Autodesk Cadcorp Inc. Caris Compusult Limited CubeWerx Inc. DM Solutions Group ESRI Canada Galdos Systems Inc. GeoConnections GeoTango International Corporation Holonics Data Management Group Ltd. Intélec Géomatique Inc. Intergraph Corporation KOREM Inc. and MapInfo Corporation NAC Geographic Products Inc. Natural Resources Canada Open GIS Consortium PCI Geomatics Inc. Public Works and Government Services Canada RADARSAT International Refractions Research Safe Software Inc. SKE Inc. TGIS Dr. Robert Moses, President and CEO of PCI Geomatics, Dr. Irwin J. Itzkovitch, Assistant Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada and Chair of the GeoConnections Management Board; and David Schell, President and CEO of OGC will be among the speakers. There will be technical discussions of the CGDI architecture and the OGC specifications; presentations and a panel discussion on the lessons learned by communities who depend on OGC-enabled interoperability; and opportunities for networking among users and providers of geospatial technology. The Canadian Interoperability Day is free and open to employees of the Canadian federal government, but attendees must register at the OGC's web site at http://www.opengeospatial.org/events/?page=040423. An agenda and other details also are available online. About OGC 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. 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 http://www.opengeospatial.org. About GeoConnections GeoConnections is a Canadian partnership initiative led by Natural Resources Canada that is coordinating a project to make Canada's geospatial information accessible on the Internet. GeoConnections has two main roles: # Facilitating the creation of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), which will both harmonize Canada's geospatial databases and make them accessible on the Internet; and # Coordinating the investments and developments of the federal, provincial, territorial and private-sector partners and academia, who are creating the standards, protocols, and access and maintenance processes of the fast-growing collections of geospatial data in Canada. For more information visit www.geoconnections.org. About PCI Geomatics PCI Geomatics is a world leading developer of image-centric geomatics software solutions. PCI Geomatics' flagship solution, Geomatica, meets the growing demands of the Remote Sensing, GIS, Cartography, and Photogrammetry worlds. PCI Geomatics is celebrating the beginning of its third decade as an industry-leading geomatics solution provider and has long been recognized for their high-value geomatics software solutions, advanced algorithms, excellent customer assistance, and product support of the widest range of spatial data formats in the industry. Visit the PCI Geomatics web site at www.pcigeomatics.com. -- end --