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Regions - Australasia


The OGC encourages and supports the formation of regional forums, interest groups and project activities to address standards requirements, issues and challenges unique to a geographic region. 

The OGC's regional activities work to form a solid support foundation from which OGC members in Australia and New Zealand can develop business and implementation plans for sustainable involvement ongoing OGC specification activities and to implement interoperable geospatial architectures that utilize OGC standards and related standards.

OGC Europe

The number of OGC members in Europe now exceeds the number of members in North America or any other world region. European companies, agencies, research centers and universities have played and continue to play a critical role in the development, product implementation, and market adoption of OGC standards.

OGC European forums, interest groups and project activities work to:


Below is information about products that implement OGC Standards. Learn how a "registered product" is different from an "OGC compliant" product. There are also links here to OGC Cookbooks and demonstrations of products that implement OGC Standards.


OGC Programs

There are two prominent programs within the OGC:

  • Specification Program: In the OGC Specification Program the Technical Committee and Planning Committee work in a formal consensus process to arrive at approved (or "adopted") OpenGIS® Specifications. Learn abut the specifications that have been approved so far, and see the lists of products that implement these specifications.
  • Interoperability Program: The OGC Interoperability Program is a series of hands-on engineering initiatives to accelerate the

OGC® Standards and Supporting Documents

OGC(R) standards are technical documents that detail interfaces or encodings. Software developers use these documents to build open interfaces and encodings into their products and services. These standards are the main "products" of the Open Geospatial Consortium and have been developed by the membership to address specific interoperability challenges. Ideally, when OGC standards are implemented in products or online services by two different software engineers working independently, the resulting components plug and play, that is, they work together without further debugging.

OGC History (abbreviated)


Early success of GIS led to a problem no vendor could solve alone

By the mid-1980s, geographic information system (GIS) software was heavily used in the natural resources and defense domains, especially within government agencies. Other market sectors, such as state and local government, civil engineering, transportation and business marketing were seriously exploring the technology. The future looked bright, but there were frustrations brewing among users.