OGC Press Releases

One OpenGIS Specification Approved; One Released for Public Comment

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2003-11-10
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Wayland, Mass., November 10, 2003 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) moved two OpenGIS(R) Web Services specifications through the approval process during a meeting held recently in Spain. The Technical and Planning Committees adopted the Web Coverage Service Specification, which defines how to access gridded geographic data and moved the Web Terrain Service Specification, which details how to render vector and raster data as a 3D view, to Request For Comment status.

OGC Announces Availability of Online Compliance Testing

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2003-11-07
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Wayland, MA, November 7, 2003 - The Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC) recently approved two new compliance tests and a series of tools to encourage software developers to validate software products that implement OpenGIS® Specifications. A new website ( http://www.opengeospatial.org/resource/testing ) provides automated testing for Web Map Service 1.1.1 (WMS) and Web Feature Service 1.0 (WFS), a Geography Markup Language (GML) validation tool and links to reference implementations.

OGC Prepares the United States Census Bureau for a New Era

Release Date: 
2003-10-03
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Wayland, MA, October 3, 2003 - To assess the use of Web service applications based on open specifications to collect, maintain and disseminate TIGER® data, the Geography Division of the U.S. Census Bureau sponsored the second in a series of Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiatives organized by the Open GIS Consortium, Inc (OGC). Two prototype applications were developed and demonstrated recently by the international team of OGC members Galdos Systems, Inc. (Canada), Syncline, Inc.

OGC Seeks Sponsors for Emergency Mapping Symbology Initiative

Release Date: 
2003-10-02
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Wayland, MA, USA, October 3, 2003- The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is issuing a Call for Sponsors for an Emergency Mapping Symbology (EMS) Initiative. This call seeks interested Sponsors to provide input on technology requirements and concepts to address interoperability needs for emergency mapping and homeland security. The EMS Initiative will mature OGC's specification framework for interoperable geographic symbolization while simultaneously testing emerging standard map symbol sets for emergency response and homeland security developed by national-level mapping organizations.

OGC Members Adopt Implementation Specifications for Location Based Services and Enhanced Web Mapping

Release Date: 
2003-07-15
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Wayland, MA, July 16, 2003 -In June, OGC members voted to adopt the OpenGIS(R) Location Services (OpenLS(TM)) Implementation Specification, and the OpenGIS Web Map Context Implementation Specification. Once editorial comments are incorporated, the OpenLS Implementation Specification will be publicly released. The Web Map Context Implementation Specification is publicly available and can be found at http://www.opengeospatial.org/techno/implementation.htm .

OGC Delivers an Open Platform for "Geospatial Portal Operations"

Release Date: 
2003-07-02
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July 02, 2003 Wayland, MA, USA - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announces the achievement of a major milestone in geoprocessing and information technology -- the completion of a multi-vendor standards-based geospatial data and services portal, along with a comprehensive portal architecture designed to serve as a community-wide template for advancing geospatial portal capability and capacity worldwide.

Questerra Joins OGC as Strategic Member

Release Date: 
2003-06-27
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Wayland, MA, June 27, 2003 - Questerra, a wholly owned subsidiary of MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), and the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) have announced that Questerra has become a Strategic Member of the OGC. As a leading provider of Web-based spatial visualization and analysis solutions for industry and government, Questerra has a strong interest in playing a leadership role in the development, promotion and implementation of OGC's OpenGIS(R) Specifications for interoperability interfaces.

OGC Members Approve Release of Critical Infrastructure Collaborative Environment Architecture

Release Date: 
2003-06-27
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Wayland, MA, June 27, 2003 - The ability to share, integrate and apply information between collaborating communities for critical infrastructure protection and emergency response has been a challenge for many years. Recently, OGC members voted to release a document describing the Critical Infrastructure Collaborative Environment (CICE) Architecture. The CICE Architecture can be downloaded at http://ip.opengeospatial.org/cip/ .

OGC Board Approves IPR Policies To Further Safeguard Open, Public Standards

Release Date: 
2003-06-09
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Wayland, MA, USA, June 9, 2003 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that its Board of Directors voted on May 27, 2003 to reaffirm OGC's intellectual property rights (IPR) policy (http://www.opengeospatial.org/legal/ipr.htm). OGC's IPR policy is designed to protect the Consortium's standards framework from patents that would impede development of open infrastructure for interoperable geoprocessing.

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