Wayland, MA, July 1, 2010. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) (http://www.opengeospatial.org ) announced that the GIS Research Center, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan (GIS.FCU) has become a Principal Member of the OGC.
Principal Members evaluate and provide guidance on market direction and Consortium focus, and have oversight over the development, release and adoption of OGC standards through their voting rights in the OGC Planning Committee (PC).
GIS.FCU has been an active participant in the OGC since 2003 and has contributed to the development of OGC standards, interoperability initiatives and compliance tests. By the terms of the company's Principal Membership memorandum of understanding with the OGC, GIS.FCU will provide significant technical resources to support the OGC's Compliance Testing and Certification Program.
Mark Reichardt, President and CEO, OGC, said, "We are delighted that the GIS Research Center has joined OGC at the Principal level, and we are excited to receive their commitment of substantial resources and staff expertise to advance compliance tests for OGC's Sensor Web Enablement standards."
Prof. Tien-Yin (Jimmy) Chou, Director at GIS.FCU, said "The GIS Research Center at Feng Chia University (GIS.FCU) has dedicated R&D resources to OGC standard based applications in environmental monitoring for several years with fruitful results, and it is GIS.FCU's honor to have this opportunity to set up the first OGC Compliance Testing and Certification Center outside America or Europe and to join in international and interdisciplinary cooperation as one of the Principal Members of OGC."
The GIS Research Center at Feng Chia University is an important domestic research institute in Taiwan that links geographic information resource systems with global positioning systems and satellite remote sensing technologies. These are used with digital, mobile and visualization techniques to address important environmental issues. Visit the GIS.FCU website at http://www.gis.tw/En/Introduction/ .
The OGC(R) is an international consortium of more than 395 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org .