OGC Press Releases

Microsoft Joins Open GIS Consortium

Release Date: 
1997-01-02
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Wayland, Massachusetts, USA January 2, 1997 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced today that Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA) has become a Principal Member of the consortium. As a Principal Member, Microsoft has a seat on OGC's Management Committee, which oversees the OGC Technical Committee and plans cooperative industry development programs.

OGC Launches the Open Location Services Initiative

Release Date: 
2001-02-01
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Arlington, VA, February 1, 2001 Open GIS Consortium (OGC) held a Sponsors meeting January 30 to announce the launch of the first test bed of the Open Location Services (OpenLS) Initiative. IT and wireless industry leaders Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Webraska, Yeoman, Intergraph, ESRI, CTIA, In-Q-Tel, MapInfo, Autodesk, Siemens and Hutchison 3G participated. The meeting was held to confirm sponsorship interest in the OpenLS® Initiative and to solicit feedback regarding the next steps, including the upcoming release of the Request for Quotation document and the first test bed.

OGC Requests Input to Build Directory of Interoperable Products

Release Date: 
2001-11-07
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Wayland, MA, USA, November 7, 2001 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announces the development of an authoritative index of software products that implement OpenGIS® Interface Specifications. OGC requests the assistance of technology developers worldwide to help establish a directory that will be the ultimate source of information about software products and services that use OGC's interoperability specifications. The public directory will be the "go to" website for those looking for interoperable solutions, including software vendors, system integrators, and end-users.

OGC Seeks Interested Parties for Geospatial One-Stop Transportation Pilot Activity

Release Date: 
2002-07-01
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Wayland, MA, July 8, 2002 - The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) invites expressions of interest from industry organizations to participate in a Model Advisory Team (MAT) regarding a nationwide Transportation Framework Data Content Standard. This Roads MAT will develop data content standards and an associated Abstract Feature Model in Unified Modeling Language (UML), which will support the exchange of mapping information about roads between cooperating organizations and communities.

OGC Members Bring Interoperability To Key GIS Events in March

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2003-02-24
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Wayland, MA, USA, February 25, 2003 - Today's technologies cannot exist in a vacuum. Government, business, academia and the public demand technologies that work together - allowing us to communicate and share information more effectively. Members of the Open GIS Consortium are prepared to show how that can happen using OpenGIS Interface Specifications at the 26th Annual GITA Conference in San Antonio Texas, March 3-6 and the GeoTec Event in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 16-19.

OGC® Requests Public Comment on Sensor Web Enablement Specifications

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2006-04-05
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Wayland, Mass., April 5, 2006 - The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) invites public comment on several candidate standards developed in the OGC's Sensor Web Enablement initiative. The OGC membership anticipates that these specifications will be adopted as OpenGIS® Specifications and that they will become widely used as open, international standards for Web-based registration, discovery, use and control of sensors, sensor systems, and sensor data stores. Comments are requested on:

Best practice makes perfect with Open Geospatial Standards

Release Date: 
2007-01-08
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British Geological Survey Offices, Nottingham, UK - Following the recent successful UK Geospatial Mash-Up meeting, the Association For Geographic Information (AGI), The British Computer Society (BCS) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have teamed up again to promote and discuss the 'business case' for using open geospatial standards.

The OGC Seeks Comment on OGC Candidate KML 2.2 Standard

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2007-12-04
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December 4, 2007. Wayland, MA. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) seeks public comment on a draft OpenGIS® Encoding Standard (OGC KML) for KML 2.2, a XML-based encoding schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization on existing or future web-based online maps (2d) and Earth browsers (3d).

The draft OGC KML 2.2 standard formalizes the KML 2.2 model and language while remaining backwards compatible with existing KML 2.2 files. In comparison with the Google KML 2.2 Reference, the draft standard defines:

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