For many years, the OGC membership discussed and struggled with defining a process and set of related policies for accommodating submission of widely used, mature specifications developed outside the OGC standards development and approval process. Examples of these specifications are GeoTIFF,
In 2015, the World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC) underwent renewal in order to modernize workflows, implementation and provide added value to the Ozone/UV communities. WOUDC is one of six World Data Centres which are part of the Global Atmosphere Watch programme of the World Meteorological Organization.
A new standard being developed in the OGC has an important part in improving shared situational awareness. The candidate OGC Web Services (OWS) Context standard encodes the key elements of a common operating picture: the geographic area, an optional time range, and an ordered series of layers from different services or inline content. This allows a situational awareness view of one user to be passed to other users so that the same picture can be reconstructed.