OGC® Joins W3C to Help Add Geospatial to the Web

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 UTC
Wayland, MA, January 17, 2007 - The Open Geospatial Consortium® (OGC) recently became a member of the World Wide Web Consortium, (W3C, http://www.w3.org/) a standards organization that develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential.

The OGC is participating in a W3C incubator activity focusing on semantic geospatial issues. W3C Incubator Activities facilitate rapid development, on a time scale of a year or less, of new Web-related concepts. The semantic geospatial activity or Geospatial XG (http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/geo/) is sponsored by W3C members OGC, SRI International, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (USC ISI), Stanford University and Oracle and is chaired by Traverse Technology's Joshua Lieberman.

As an initial goal the Geospatial XG is working to develop a W3C "Note" based on GeoRSS version 1. This will result in a W3C Web page describing GeoRSS in the context of both W3C standards such as XML, HTML, and OWL; and OGC's relevant work, such as the OGC Abstract Specifications and Geography Markup Language (GML).

The OGC and the W3C seek to collaboratively add geospatial functionality to the emerging Semantic Web in a manner that is consistent with existing and future OGC standards.. OGC standards are the product of a successful 12-year open, international, and consensus-driven effort to overcome obstacles to geospatial interoperability.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the Geospatial XG public mailing list (http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xg-geo/). OGC's members are also invited to provide input on W3C issues via the OGC W3C Liaison, Raj Singh (rsingh@opengeospatial.org).

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 335 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS(R) 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.