The OGC® invites public comment on candidate Geospatial Digital Rights Management (GeoDRM) Reference Model

Sam Bacharach Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc tel: +1-703-352-3938
Monday, 3 April 2006 UTC
Wayland, Mass., April 3, 2006 - The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) requests public comment on a candidate specification, the OpenGIS® GeoDRM Reference Model [ ]. The specification provides a standard system of operating agreements and associated open specifications for Web services that will enable broader use of geodata while protecting the rights of producers and users. The reference model will be valuable not only for commercial sellers and distributors of data, for also those who lend data in the way that libraries lend books. Comments on the proposed specification can be submitted to a dedicated email reflector (see link above) for a thirty-day period ending May 3, 2006. Comments received will be consolidated and reviewed by OGC members for incorporation into the document before it goes to a vote for adoption by the OGC as an OpenGIS Specification. The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 300 companies, government agencies, research organizations, 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