Technical Committee Meeting

June '08 OGC Technical Committee Meeting

Start: 
Monday, 2008-06-02
End: 
Saturday, 2008-06-07
Location: 

GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ)
Haus H
Potsdam, Germany

The GFZ facility will provide OGC TC attendees with wireless access to the Internet, via logins. Those attendees that require VPN must coordinate with OGC Staff to ensure the GFZ IT Staff can be on-hand to help with setup.

The main building is a mobile phone dead zone -- by design, so you may need to plan accordingly.

Lunches will be available from 13.00 - 14.00 hrs daily in the GFZ Cafeteria. The Lunches cost about 4.35€ + VAT or about 5.20€ per day, please have cash available for your Lunches.

Sponsors: 

1Spatial

DLR

WhereGroup

Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Schedule for the Week is now available.
Registration: 

 

On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

Notice: There will be a $60 (USD) charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 21 May)Regular Rate (21 May - 1 June)On-Site (after 1 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $60.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Wednesday Reception Only $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

 

Accommodations: 
Mercure Hotel Potsdam City
Lange Bruecke 14467 POTSDAM - GERMANY

Tel : (+49)331/2722
Fax : (+49)331/2720233
E-Mail: H1582 [at] accor-hotels.com

Reservation of 60 rooms in Hotel Mercure. To get the preferred rates, you will need to call or fax your reservations to the hotel directly. Please ask for the GFZ block.
(80€ Single -95€ Double per night including breakfast).

The Hotel is within long walking distance of the meeting facilities (approximately 20 minutes), for those that choose not to walk, there will be a bus that will transport you for 2.10€ per trip.
Local Information and Travel: 

GFZ local information

Nearest Airport - BERLIN TEGEL AIRPORT (TXL)


From *Berlin-Tegel Airport* please take *Express Bus (Line X9)* to *"Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten"*. Buses operate between 5:30 a. m. and 11:30 p. m. in frequent intervals (10 minutes). The bus ride takes about 30 minutes.

At "Zoologischer Garten" enter the train station across the bus stop and take *Railway Line RE 1*, direction Brandenburg or Magdeburg. This train commutes between Berlin and Potsdam and runs every 30 minutes. Get off this train at Potsdam-Hauptbahnhof. The train ride takes approx. 20 minutes.
Total travelling time from the airport to Potsdam: 60 - 90 minutes

For public transport please purchase a ticket "Berlin ABC" which is also valid for Potsdam.

*Taxi / Tram*

From Potsdam Hauptbahnhof you reach the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci comfortably by taxi within 5 minutes. Fare: approx. EURO 5,00 one way (tip not included).
You can also take a tram: Line 96, direction Schloss Charlottenhof, get off at "Luisenplatz" where the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci is located.

*Taxi fare* from Berlin-Tegel Airport to the hotel: approx. EURO 40,00 one way (tip not included)
Travelling time: approx. 45 - 60 minutes depending on traffic!
 

June '09 OGC Technical Committee Meeting

Start: 
Monday, 2009-06-22
End: 
Friday, 2009-06-26
Location: 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

The meetings will be held between the Stata Center (Building 32), Building 32 and Building 4.

 

Sponsors: 

Special thanks to:

MITRE

and

MIT Lincoln Labs


as sponsors, and to

MIT
for hosting this event.

If your organization would like to help, please contact Greg Buehler.

Schedule of Meetings: 
The tentative agenda for the week is now posted. Please continue to check back as this schedule is constantly updated.
Registration: 

 

On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

Notice: There will be a $55 USD charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 15 June)Regular Rate (15 - 20 June)On-Site (after 20 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $60.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Wednesday Reception Only $55.00 $55.00 $55.00

 

Accommodations: 

The Cambridge Marriott is the Official Headquarters of the OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meeting.  OGC has secured a limited block of rooms at the Cambridge Marriott Hotel for $199.00 per night plus tax (this rate includes free Internet).  The Marriott is the most convenient hotel to the OGC Meetings. 

Parking is $22 per day for self-park, or $30 per day for Valet.  Public Transportation from the Airport is available (Silver Line to South Station then the Red Line to Kendall Square/MIT), and Kendall Square Station is adjacent to the Marriott Hotel.

Guests may reserve their rooms on-line or by calling Marriott Central Reservations at 1-800-228-9290, (Group Code: OGCOGCA), no later than Monday, June 1, 2009 to receive the discounted rate for the room block

Cambridge Marriott Hotel
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 494-6600
Toll Free: (800) 228-9290

Local Information and Travel: 

Airport

The closest international airport is Logan International Airport (BOS)

Parking

Parking in Cambridge and Boston can be expensive and hard to find (Marriott Parking is $22 per day for self-park).  Whenever possible, park your car at the hotel, and use public transportation to get to the MIT campus. If you must drive to the campus, on- and off-street parking is available for a fee, but most public parking is not very close to the center of the MIT campus

Public Transportation (the MBTA, known as "the T")

The closest subway station to campus is Kendall Square on the Red Line, you may also want to consider going to Central Square (also on the Red Line) or taking the #1 or CT1 bus across the Charles River from Back Bay, depending on where you are coming from and your destination on campus.

Public transportation fares and schedules may be found at the MBTA website. If you are coming to MIT for an extended visit, you may want to consider buying a stored value CharlieCard or an unlimited use weekly or monthly pass.

 

June '13 Virtual OGC Technical Committee Meeting Plenary

Start: 
Monday, 2013-06-17
End: 
Monday, 2013-06-17
Location: 

The June 2013 OGC Technical Committee will be held Virtually over a three week span from May 27th through June 17th.  The Domain and Standards working groups will hold virutal meeting between 27 May and 14 June.  The Chairs are asked to record their sessions and make them available to those with appropriate access for the individual groups.

Schedule of Meetings: 

A detailed schedule is posted here.

Registration: 

OGC Members and invited guests will be asked to register for the GoToWebinar prior to 17 June.  Details to follow.

June '14 Technical and Planning Committee - Geneva, Switzerland

Start: 
Tuesday, 2014-06-10
End: 
Saturday, 2014-06-14
Location: 


World Meteorological Organization

7 bis, avenue de la Paix
Case postale No. 2300
CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
 


Sponsors: 

WMO

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda is now published. 

NOTE:  The Technical Committee Meetings will run from Tuesday - Friday.
The Planning Committee will be held on Saturday 14 June. 

Registration: 


On-line Registration is now open:

  • In order to submit registration through security, we will cut off early-bird registration on 2 June. On-Site registration fees will be imposed on or after 3 June.
  •  OGC Members Must register through the My Account section of the OGC Member Portal
  •  Non-members and Guest may register directly through the OGC Storefront.

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Thursday evening Gala Dinner will be $70.00 USD per person. Seating is limited and everyone MUST have a ticket to attend. Registered individuals will receive an email the week prior to the dinner with their ticket information.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 3 June)On-Site (on or after 3 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
$300.00 $350.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$250.00
OGC 20th Gala Dinner Only $70.00 $70.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

Accommodations: 

The WMO suggests the following list of hotels.  Note that the prices are out of date.  You will need to contact the hotels directly to determine pricing and availablity.

Local Information and Travel: 

Should you need a letter of invitation for Travel Visa, please contact Greg Buehler at OGC.  We will forward your request to the WMO Liaison.

Here is a great resource for anyone flying into Geneva:
  http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/en/useful-information/how-to-get-around/

When you arrive at Geneva airport there is a machine that will give transit passes for free.  Get your transit pass before you leave the baggage area.

Then take the big train from the airport to the central train station, then either walk to hotel or take tram (or bus) using the same transit pass. 

The transit pass from airport baggage area is good for about 4 hours.

 

How to get to the World Meteorological Organization

Getting to WMO from the airport

Taxi: From the taxi rank outside the Arrivals Hall (Ground floor)
Cost: approximately CHF 25–30

Bus: Bus 28 can be taken from outside the Terminal Building (First floor). The stop is situated to the left as you come out of the terminal. The bus goes all the way to Jardin Botanique, which faces the WMO building (last stop). Cost: free tickets are available from the machine in the Baggage Conveyor Hall before passing customs.

 

Getting to WMO from the centre of Geneva

From Cornavin Station, tram 15 goes to the Place des Nations. WMO is then within walking distance (avenue de la Paix, towards the lake – 10 minutes). Buses 1, 11 and 28 also stop at the Jardin Botanique, which faces the WMO building.

A map of the bus network can be obtained free of charge from the UNIRESO Information Centre at Cornavin Station.

Hotels in Geneva are providing guests with a free ticket for public transport.

June 2010: OGC TC/PC Meetings

Start: 
Monday, 2010-06-14
End: 
Friday, 2010-06-18
Location: 

The Meetings will take place at two locations:

NOAA
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

and

Crowne Plaza - Washington DC/Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

NOTE: It is a short 10 minute walk between the NOAA facility and the Hotel.

Sponsors: 
US NOAA  
US NOAA  
     
   
Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Agenda has been posted. Please continue to check back, as changes will be made to this schedule.

Registration: 

On-line Registration is now open

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening Reception (16 June) will be at the Discovery Communications Building. The cost of the Reception tickets are $55.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 1 June)Regular Rate (1 June - 12 June )On-Site (after 12 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Wednesday Reception Only $60.00 $60.00 $60.00
Accommodations: 

We have rooms blocked at the:

Crowne Plaza - Washington DC/Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel: +1 301 589 0800
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/wasss

Room rates $159.00 per night, please use the group code "OGC" when making your reservations. NOTE:  This room block is now closed.

Local Information and Travel: 

NOAA has put together an entire Informational Packet for this meeting.

Additional information can be found below:

Directions and Transportation to the Crowne Plaza Hotel:

From Reagan National (DCA)

  • Distance: 14 MI / 22.53 KM North East to Hotel
  • Taxi Charge (one way): $40.00 (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 30 minutes, depends
  • Time by train: 30 minutes
  • Go towards George Washington Memorial Pkwy. Take the exit I-395 N toward Washington. Exit onto 14th St toward Downtown.Turn right at Arkansas Ave. Turn left at 13th St NW. Turn left at Georgia Ave. Turn right at Sligo Ave. Turn right on Georgia Ave.

From Dulles International (IAD)

  • Distance: 25 MI / 40.23 KM North East to Hotel
  • Taxi Charge (one way): $50.00 (USD)
  • Time by taxi: 45 minutes, depends
  • Take the exit onto VA-267 E. Take the exit toward I-495 N. Keep left at the fork to continue toward I-495 N and merge onto I-495 N. Take exit 30B to merge onto Colesville Rd/US-29 S toward Sliver Spring. Turn right onto Georga Ave.

From Balt/Wash Int'l (BWI)

  • Distance: 27 MI / 43.45 KM South West to Hotel
  • Taxi Charge (one way): $65.00 (USD)
  • Take the exit onto I-95 S. Take exit 27 to merge onto I-495 W toward Silver Spring. Take exit 30 to merge onto Colesville Rd/US-29 S toward Silver Spring. Turn right at Georgia Ave.

Via Train

  • Station Name: Silver Spring Metro-Red Line
  • Distance: 0.2 MI / 0.32 KM North to Hotel
  • Complimentary Train Station Shuttle
  • Taxi Fee From Train Station: $8.00 (USD)
  • Go northeast on Colesville Road toward 2nd Avenue. Turn left on Georgia Avenue. Hotel will be on the right.

    Parking at the NOAA facility (For Monday, Thursday and Friday)

    • 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282 is the closest public parking, in fact this parking is part of the NOAA campus.

    Additional Parking Garages:

    •   Bonifant-Dixon (Garage 5/55) - 1101 Bonifant St
    •   Cameron-Second (Garage 7) - 8530 Cameron St
    •   Fenton Street Village (Garage 4) - 8110 Fenton St
    •   Kennett Street Garage (Garage 9) - 8040 Kennett St
    •   NOAA Building Garage (Garage 58) - 1315 East West Hwy
    •   Spring Cameron Garage (Garage 2) - 8700 Cameron St
    •   Spring-Colesville (Garage 21) - 1000 Spring St
    •   Town Square Garage (Garage 61) - 801 Ellsworth Dr
    •   Wayne Avenue Garage (Garage 60) - 921 Wayne Ave

    or check:

    http://www.silverspringdowntown.com/transportation/parking/parking-garages

    June 2011: OGC TC/PC Meetings - Taichung, Taiwan

    Start: 
    Sunday, 2011-06-12
    End: 
    Friday, 2011-06-17
    Location: 

    Taichung, Taiwan

    Conference Venues:

    • June 12th (Sunday), June 15th (Wednesday), June 16th (Thursday)

      Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus
      227, Sec. 2, Dongda Rd., Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C (map)

    • June 13th (Monday)

      National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Emerging System Business Unit
      22, Keyuan Rd., Central Taiwan Science Park, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C. (map)

    It is a 3 minute walk between NCHC and the Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

    • June 17th (Friday) [for 2011 Int’l Interoperability Day and OGC Planning Committee Only]

      NTUH International Convention Center
      2, Xuzhou Road, Zhongzheng District 101, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. (map)

     

     

      Sponsors: 

       

      Hosted by:

      GIS.FCU   ITRI

       

       

      Gold Sponsors:    
      Meet Taiwan   BFT
           
      Silver Sponsors:    
      Intergraph   National Science Council
           
      NARL   NCHC

       

       

       

         
      Schedule of Meetings: 

       

      Overview:

      Date & Time

      Venue

      6/12 (Sun)
      Day1

      6/13 (Mon)
      Day2

      6/14 (Tue)
      Day3

      6/15 (Wed)
      Day4

      6/16 (Thu)
      Day5

      6/17 (Fri)
      Day6

      Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

      National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Emerging System Business Unit

      Central Taiwan (Nantou County)

      Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

      Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

      NTUH International Convention Center (Taipei)

      8:00~18:00

      Registration

      Registration

      Field Trip

      [There is a $80 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

      Registration

      Registration

      Registration

      8:00~12:00

      Meeting sessions

      Meeting sessions

      Meeting sessions

      Augmented Reality Workshop

      [There is a $99 USD fee for Non-OGC Members, includes lunch and breaks]

       

       

       

       


       

      Meeting sessions

      Augmented Reality Workshop

      [There is a $99 USD fee for Non-OGC Members, includes lunch and breaks]

       

       

       

       

       

       


      Interoperability Day - Taiwan

       

      [There is a $30 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

       

      12:00~13:00

      Lunch (Provided by FCU)

      Lunch (Provided by NCHC)

      Lunch (Provided by FCU)

      Lunch (Provided by FCU)

      13:00~13:55

      TC Opening Plenary

      Meeting sessions

      Meeting sessions

      TC Closing Plenary

      14:00~17:55

      Meeting sessions

      18:30~21:00

       

      Welcome Banquet (Provided by NCHC)

      [There is a $50 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The Detailed Agenda is posted here

       

      Registration: 

      All OGC Members will receive free admission to the Welcome Banquet on Monday evening (sponsored by NCHC) and the Field Trip on Tuesday.  Any non-OGC members may attend any events, however, non-members must pay for these events.

      The International Interoperability Day (2011 II DAY@TW) on Friday is free for OGC members. Any non-OGC members must pay for this event.  GIS.FCU sincerely welcomes you to participate in the Welcome Banquet, Field Trip, or 2011 II Day@TW. Please tick the items you want to attend on the registration webpage. 

      You must register for this event via the OGC Registration Page.

      If your visa request requies a letter of invitation, such letters will only be granted to OGC Portal account holders or registered attendees of the AR Meeting.  Please check your national travel agencies regarding visa requirements for entering Taiwan. Note that United States Passport holders do not require Visas for this meeting (see http://travel.state.gov/ for details).

      Requests for OGC Portal accounts can be made via your orgranization's official representatives. Non Members wanting to attend the OGC TC meetings must provide justification to gbuehler at opengeospatial.org.

       

      Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 1 June)Regular Rate (1 - 11 June)On-Site (after 11 June)
      OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
      $50
      OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
      OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
      Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
      $325.00 $350.00
      $400.00
      Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
      $225.00
      $275.00
      Accommodations: 

       

      Please note that the Planning Committee and Interoperability Day will be held in Taipei on Friday.  It is advised that those attending both the TC and PC or TC and Interoperability Day change hotels for Thursday Evening to Taipei.

      HOTELSSingleDouble
      (Per night, included breakfast and taxes)
      Windsor Hotel (裕元) (map)
      78-3, Sec. 3, Taichung Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan (about 5km to the venue)
      Download reservation form
      US$114~136 US$125~147
      Howard Prince Hotel Taichung (福華) (map)
      129, An Ho Rd., Taichung, Taiwan
      (about 5km to the venue)
      Download reservation form
      US$100~117 US$112~140

      Hong’s Mansion (台中商旅) (map)
      177, Sec.2, Taichung Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan
      (about 7.5km to the venue)
      Download reservation form

      US$93~120 --
      Evergreen Laurel Hotel (長榮桂冠) (map)
      6, Taichung Kang Rd., Sec.2, Taichung, Taiwan
      ( about 8.5km to the venue)
      Download reservation form
      US$103~117 US$113~126
      * Please download the reservation form with Group code "OGCGIS" at http://www.gis.tw/1106ogctc/Accommodation.html 

       

      HOTELS in Taipei

      GIS.FCU haven't contacted with hotels below, please reserve via the website or contact with hotels directly.

      • Forte Orange hotel-Guanqian (台北福泰桔子商旅【館前店】)
        22, Guanqian Road, Taipei, Taiwan
        TEL:886-2-2381-1155 FAX:886-2-2381-1105
        台北市中正區館前路22號
      • CAESAR PARK TAIPEI (台北凱撒大飯店)
        38, Chung Hsiao W. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan
        TEL:886-2-2311-5151 Fax : TEL:886-2-2331-9944
        台北市中正區忠孝西路一段38號
      • Sheraton Taipei Hotel (台北喜來登大飯店)
        12, Chung Hsiao E. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan
        TEL:886-2-2321-5511 Fax : TEL:886-2-2394-4240
        台北市中正區忠孝東路一段12號
      • The Regent Taipei (台北晶華酒店)
        41, Chung Shan N. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan
        TEL:886-2-2523-8000 Fax : TEL:886-2-25232828
        台北市中正區中山北路二段41號

       

       

        Local Information and Travel: 

         

        From Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taichung

        By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

        1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taoyuan Station (about 20 mins, USD10 )
        2. Take THSR from Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station (about 40 mins, USD20 )
        3. Hire a taxi at Taichung Station to the hotel (about 20 mins,USD10 )

        For more information, please click on the links below:

         

        From hotel to the Venue

        By Taxi : Take our shuttle buses at the specific time period, or take a taxi in front of the hotel. It may take about 20 mins to the venue.

        From Taichung to Taipei

        By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

        1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taichung Station (about 20 mins, USD10 )
        2. Take the THSR from Taichung Station to Taipei Station (about 60 mins, USD24 )
        3. Hire a taxi at Taipei HSR Station to the hotel.

        From Taipei to the Airport

        By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

        1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taipei Station.
        2. Take the THSR from Taipei Station to Taoyuan Station (about 25 mins, USD12 )
        3. Hire a taxi at Taoyuan HSR Station to the international airport.

         

        Local Information:

        • Visitor Visa
          Please check your national travel agencies regarding visa requirements for entering Taiwan or check here. Note that United States Passport holders do not require Visas for this meeting (see http://travel.state.gov/ for details).
          Please refer to the following page for details.
          http://www.boca.gov.tw/lp.asp?ctNode=534&CtUnit=77&BaseDSD=7&mp=2

          If you require an invitation letter, please send your complete contact information to gbuehler at opengeospatial dot org.
        • Time Zone
          The local time zone in Taiwan is UTC/GMT +8 hours.
        • Currency and Foreign Exchange
          The Local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD), which has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Major currencies, such as the US dollar and EURO, can be exchanged at the international airport, banks, and hotels. Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on Monday to Friday.
          http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002065
        • Credits Cards
          International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, MASTERCARD, and JCB will be widely accepted at stores and hotels.
        • Electricity
          Electricity provided in Taiwan is 100 volts, AC/60 Hz.
          Taiwan uses Type A plug/socket with 2 parallel flat prongs - "American" type, or Type B plug/socket with 2 parallel flat prongs - "American" type with an earth connector.
        •  Tipping
          Tips are not required in Taiwan, even at hotels or restaurants.
        • Drinking Water
          Don’t drink the tap water directly. Tap water in Taiwan should be boiled first. Or you can get drinking water in the venue or hotel’s water dispensers.
          Bottled mineral waters can be easily obtained from supermarkets and convenience stores.

         

        Travel

        Taichung

        Located in central Taiwan, Taichung has long attracted top chefs who are masters at preparing northern and southern Taiwanese cuisine and delicacies developed over the past century. Food is available day and night, 24 hours a day, from food stalls and five-star restaurants alike, offering everything from local fare to exotic foreign dishes. There is definitely always something to fill one's cravings in Taichung, a city that has developed its own unique dining culture.

        • Transportation: Taxi is the quickest way in Taichung.
        • Click here for more information about Taichung City.

        Taipei

        Nestled in the center of the Taipei Basin, Taipei City is surrounded by mountains to the north, east and south, and by the Danshui River to the west. As a result, it is endowed with unique natural scenery, with lush forests and winding rivers, and a variety of fascinating terrains, including volcanic mountains, foothills, terrace tablelands, coastal plains and river wetlands.

        In addition to beautiful sceneries, Taipei is also a city for individuals who enjoy indulging themselves in shopping, exotic meals, and feasts of arts and culture.

        Visit TaipeiTravel Net to find out about places to go in Taipei City! 

        • Transportation: Take MRT or Taxi.

        June 2012 TC/PC - Exeter, England

        Start: 
        Monday, 2012-06-18
        End: 
        Friday, 2012-06-22
        Location: 

        UK Met Office
        FitzRoy Road
        Exeter
        Devon
        EX1 3PB
        United Kingdom

        Sponsors: 

        UK Met Office

        Schedule of Meetings: 

        The Tentative Agenda for the OGC TC/PC meetings is now available.  Please note that as the schedule fills up, we might be required to change times and locations of previously posted sessions.
        On Friday, 22 June, OGC and AGI will host the Interoperability Day 2012 - Open Government and Open Standards.Seperate registration is required via AGI's website.
         

        Registration: 


        On-line Registration is now open:

         

        There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

        The Wednesday evening Reception will be $55.00 USD per person.

        Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 14 June)On-Site (on or after 14 June)
        OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
        OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
        OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
        Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
        $325.00 $375.00
        Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
        $250.00
        Wednesday Reception Only $55.00 $55.00

        ** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

        Accommodations: 

        http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contact/exeter-hotels

        The below list provides additional information regarding specific room blocks for the OGC TC/PC:

        • Jurys Inn (http://exeterhotels.jurysinns.com/) 50 rooms available at £72 per night. When contacting the hotel use the booking reference METO170612
          Call to book +44 1392 312400, and ask for individual reservation, then give them the above booking code.
        • White Hart (http://www.whitehartpubexeter.co.uk/) 29 rooms available (15 doubles at £67.16 and 14 singles at £59.16 per night). When contacting the hotel let them know that you want to take up one of the rooms block booked by the Met Office
          +44 (0) 1392 279897

         

          Local Information and Travel: 

          Please bring your own UK-style electrical adaptor

          http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contact/in-exeter

          Below are some travel notes from one of our hosts:

          PLANES
          There are only cheap holiday flights to holiday destinations to and from Exeter Airport, such as Murcia and generally only one per day or less.

          Travel to and from Bristol Airport has more international destinations, but generally you need a car to get there and back from Exeter. Public transport is possible but is not joined up.

          I nearly always travel to/from London Heathrow [LHR]. Terminal 5 is best.  Terminals 1,2,3 are OK too. Try to avoid Terminal 4 (30 mins away from others).

          Then take RailAir bus, every 30 mins, to Reading main train station [RDG], buying the RailAir ticket on the bus.  London Paddington [PAD] trains pass through every hour to Exeter St Davids, takes 1 1/2 or 2 hours (300km). This is faster and cheaper than travelling into London and back out.

          Flights to/from Gatwick [LGW] are feasible too. Trains hourly to Reading main station take 1 1/2 hours.

          Travel to/from London City Airport is the next in priority and inconvenience. Then London Stanstead, then Luton (never!).

          TRAINS
          The mainline station in Exeter is Exeter St David's [EXD], 3/4 mile, 1.3 km from the City centre and fast trains from London Paddington station are about every hour.

          Exeter Central station [EXC] is in the city centre, but generally only has local slow commuter trains. Cheaper, but much slower, stopping trains, do travel from London Waterloo [WAT] to Exeter Central, by a different route, taking 3 1/2 hours minimum.

          Buy your train, and RailAir bus, tickets on the Web as far in advance as possible, say 2 months - much cheaper, but fixed trains and seats, without refunds. If you book too early though, say 3 months and one week, the cheap tickets will not have been posted.

          Please note the booking reference number and which card you used to pay for the tickets.

          You can collect your pre-paid tickets at ticket machines in most train stations, but unfortunately, there is no  ticket machine at London Heathrow Airport to pick up RailAir tickets. The machines are all shapes and sizes, but generally have a touch screen with two or three big pink 'buttons'.  

          Lots of web sites sell tickets - all basically the same, connected to the national infrastructure.

          First Great Western http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/ run the Paddington trains and do not charge for debit/credit card transactions, but charge for an SMS message.

          http://www.thetrainline.com is run by Virgin, but has identical tickets etc. Free SMS but charges for card transactions.

          BUSES
          There is a No. 56 bus from Exeter St Davids train station more or less direct to the Met Office every hour but very badly timed for London trains.

          The line H bus, every 15 mins, goes from Exeter St Davids Station into the city centre via Queen Street and the High Street.   

          The 'Park and Ride' buses, every 12 mins, from Paris Street/High Street go very near the Met Office. This is the best bus for those staying in the City Centre. Daily and weekly tickets are available on the bus.

          GENERAL
          Transport reliability is good, except that planes landing towards the end of the day may be late.

          March '09 OGC Technical Committee Meeting

          Start: 
          Monday, 2009-03-30
          End: 
          Friday, 2009-04-03
          Location: 

          Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel
          115 Syngrou Avenue
          Athens, 11745 Greece

          Telephone: +30 210 930 0000
          http://athensledramarriott.com

          Sponsors: 

          Special thanks to:

           EADS Astrium

          and 

          cadcorp
          for helping to sponsor this event.  If your organization would like to help, please contact Greg Buehler.

          Schedule of Meetings: 
          The tentative agenda is now available.  Please continue to check back as this schedule is constantly updated.
          Registration: 

           

          On-line Registration is now open

          There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

          Notice: There will be a $55 USD charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception.

           

          Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 14 March)Regular Rate (14 - 27 March)On-Site (after 27 March)
          OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
          $50
          OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
          OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $60.00 $75.00 $105.00
          Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
          $325.00 $350.00
          $400.00
          Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
          $225.00
          $275.00
          Wednesday Reception Only $55.00 $55.00 $55.00

           

          Accommodations: 

          OGC has contracted with the Ledra Marriott for a special rate of €140.00 per night for a single room, or €155.00 for a double.  This included all taxes and a full "American-style" breakfast.  Group code is: "gspgspa"

          Please Click here to enter your reservation!!!!! 

          There is a cancellation policy with this hotel block, please read the confirmation carefully prior to reserving your room.

          Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel
          115 Syngrou Avenue
          Athens, 11745 Greece

          Telephone: +30 210 930 0000
          http://athensledramarriott.com



          Local Information and Travel: 
          Metro information from ATH (Athens International Airport) to the nearest station to the Marriott Hotel is the SINGROU-FIX (red line from SYNTAGMA) can be found on the Airport Information page. Due to construction, it may be necessary to take the Bus to the Syntagma Station.

          March '14 Technical and Planning Committee - Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia

          Start: 
          Monday, 2014-03-24
          End: 
          Friday, 2014-03-28
          Location: 

          Lockheed Martin - Global Vision Center
          2121 Crystal Drive
          Arlington, VA 22202

          Download Directions

          Sponsors: 

           

          Schedule of Meetings: 

          The tentative agenda for the week is now posted.  meeting times and room locations may change.  Please check back often for the most up-to-date schedule.

          NOTE:  The Technical Committee Closing Plenary will be Friday Morning (28 March).

          Registration: 


          On-line Registration is now open:

          • All non US Citizens will need to provide Passport information during the registration process.
          • In order to submit registration through security, we will cut off early-bird registration on 18 March. On-Site registration fees will be imposed on or after 19 March.
          •  OGC Members Must register through the My Account section of the OGC Member Portal
          •  Non-members and Guest may register directly through the OGC Storefront.

          There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

          The Thursday evening Gala Dinner will be $55.00 USD per person. Seating is limited and everyone MUST have a ticket to attend. Registered individuals will receive an email the week prior to the dinner with their ticket information.

          Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 19 March)On-Site (on or after 19 March)
          OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
          OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $200.00 $250.00
          OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
          Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
          $300.00 $350.00
          Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
          $250.00
          OGC 20th Gala Dinner Only $55.00 $55.00

          ** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

          Accommodations: 

          Hotels: (short list in the direct vicinity of the GVC)


          ·         Americana Hotel - 1460 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Courtyard By Marriott - 2899 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Crowne Plaza - 1480 Crystal Dr
          ·         Crystal City Marriott - 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Crystal Gateway Marriott - 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Double Tree Hotel - 300 Army Navy Dr
          ·         Embassy Suites - 1300 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Hampton Inn - 2000 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Hilton - 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Holiday Inn - 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Hyatt Regency - 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Radisson - 2020 Jefferson Davis Hwy
          ·         Sheraton - 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy

          OGC will have a small room block at  the Crystal Gateway Marriott at a rate of $219 per night.  If you want to take advantage of this room block, you can either reserve it online or call the toll free number 1-800-228-9290 and mention " OGC 20th Anniversary" when making the reservations.  Please note that the cut-off date is on Friday, March 7th, or when the room block is full.

           

          .

          Local Information and Travel: 


          Lockheed Martin’s Global Vision Center (GVC)

          2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

          • From Reagan National Airport
            • Stay left and take “Airport Exit/Rt.1 Crystal City/Alexandria” exit
            • Stay right and take “Rt.1 Crystal City/Economy Parking/General Aviation/South Airport Services” exit onto Abingdon Rd.
            • Stay to the right and make a right at the stop sign following 395 North signs
            • Make right onto Crystal Drive Exit ramp
            • At intersection of S 23rd St TURN RIGHT into parking garage.
            • Follow signs to gold/yellow columns labeled 2121, park your vehicle and proceed to 1st floor Visitor Desk (Lockheed Martin lobby) via elevator banks.
          • From Dulles Airport
            • Leaving terminal, follow signs for Washington
            • Take exit onto I-66 E
            • Take exit 75 to merge onto Jefferson Davis Hwy/VA-110 toward Alexandria
            • Follow Jefferson Davis Hwy
            • Turn left on 20th St S
            • Turn right at Crystal Drive
            • At intersection of S 23rd St, TURN LEFT into parking garage.
            • Follow signs to gold/yellow columns labeled 2121, park your vehicle and proceed to 1st floor Visitor Desk (Lockheed Martin lobby) via elevator banks.
          • From Crystal City Metro Station (0.3 mi / approx. 5 min) Blue/Yellow Line
            • Exit the Metro Station and walk east on 18th St S
            • Turn right on Crystal Drive
            • Cross the street to 2121 and proceed through glass doors to 1st floor

          March 2008 OGC Technical Committee Meeting

          Start: 
          Monday, 2008-03-24
          End: 
          Thursday, 2008-03-27
          Location: 

          The Westin St. Louis
          811 Spruce Street
          St. Louis, MO 63102 USA

          Sponsors: 
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology-TASC
          Schedule of Meetings: 
          Registration: 

           

          On-line Registration is now open

          There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

          Notice: There will be a $50 charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception.

           

          Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 7 March)Regular Rate (8 March - 21 March)On-Site (after 21 March)
          OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
          $50
          OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
          OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $60.00 $75.00 $105.00
          Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
          $325.00 $350.00
          $400.00
          Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
          $225.00
          $275.00
          Wednesday Reception Only $50.00 $50.00 $50.00

           

          Accommodations: 

          OGC has a Room Block at:

          The Westin St. Louis
          811 Spruce Street
          St. Louis, MO 63102 USA
          (314) 621-2000

           

          The Room Rate for this block is $169.00 (single or Double), and are exclusive of applicable state and local taxes. which are currently 14.991% per room, per night, and are subject to change without notice. There are a limited number of hotel rooms for Saturday night, March 22, and your preferred room type for this night might not be available.

          You can call the hotel directly +1 (314) 621-2000.

          The Cut-off date for accepting reservations into this block is 03/03/08. Reservations made after this date will be accepted on a space and rate available basis (Note: on 9 January 2008 the rates for the rooms during this meeting were quoted at $229).

          Local Information and Travel: 

          The Closest International Airport in the Lambert - St. Louis International Airport (STL).

          View a local map with tons of great information :

          • the light rail line from the airport to the hotel (Metro Two-Hour Pass from Lambert Airport $3.50, Seniors [65+] $1.75)for those that don't want to rent a car. Regular metrolink fare from locations other than the airport are One-Ride Ticket $2.00 - Seniors $1.00
          • also provided locations of interest. Mostly those within walking distance of a metrolink stop or the hotel. Some locations however, you'd really need a car. Most of them have a link to their web site for menus, music schedules, etc.
          • Thanks to Dave Wesloh for the above information!

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