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The OGC® Introduces New ''OGC Network'' and ''OGC User''

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938
sbacharach [at]
Release Date: 
Thursday, 1 June 2006 UTC
Wayland, Mass., June 01, 2006 - The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) has expanded its Web presence, adding new resource and collaboration features for both members and the general public.

The new OGC Network™ [] vastly expands an easy to use set of information and collaboration resources that showcase the OGC architectural vision in practice. The new version provides a unique entry point for developers and technology-oriented managers -- members or not -- who seek to build interoperable geospatial systems and services. Registered users can collaborate and add and edit content so the website is fresher and more accessible for developers with less background in standards. OGC Network provides a persistent demonstration capability and highlights components, services, information models and compliance testing resources. It also provides samples of standard Geography Markup Language (GML) and XML encodings and a collaboration environment for profile development.

The "OGC User," [] a free online quarterly publication featuring OGC success stories, has been put in a new, blog-like format. Those interested can subscribe to an RSS feed to access new stories as soon as they are posted. Alternatively, users may continue to receive these stories in a quarterly e-mail.

The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 310 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