Active Initiatives

Strategic Member Advisory Committee

The Strategic Member Advisory Committee is conceived to be a permanent committee within the OGC organization, designed specifically to provide Strategic Members the opportunity to participate in the strategic planning processes of the Consortium, and to support Consortium operations aimed at achieving the corporation's mission as defined in the bylaws.

GeoMobile and Internet of Things


Access to the Internet will predominantly be from mobile devices including smart phones and machine-to-machine interactions.  Most information exchanged in mobile internet will include spatial components.  

In support of OGC members and society, this OGC Interoperability Program initiative aims to help develop the consensus standards infrastructure necessary to achieve the full societal, economic and scientific benefits of location information in mobile applications worldwide.

NSG Profiles Plugweek


This site is to coordinate the NGA NSG Implementation Profile Testing & Compliance Plugweek for 2009.  The site will be used internally to share links to the compliance tests, access implementation profile documentation, and to record and manage testing issues.


OGC Testbed 12

New Dates for RFQ Submissions to Participate (and Kickoff) for Testbed 12 Non-Aviation Threads

There will be two separate RFQ submission deadlines and kickoff dates for the Testbed 12 threads. Summary:

NSF EarthCube

In June 2011, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) opened an initiative called EarthCube in a partnership between the Geosciences Directorate (GEO) and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI). This seeks "transformative concepts and approaches to create integrated data management infrastructures across the Geosciences." A Charette was held near Washington DC, 1-4 November 2011, in which OGC staff, members, and over 100 others from the research community participated to define a set of capabilities the EarthCube program needs to address.
In December 2011, NSF released a Dear Colleague Letter with additional details on the process and requirements to explore ideas to receive funding in support of EarthCube goals (available at
See (and subscribe to) for the most current status reports from NSF on this initiative. Other pages on this website provide background materials and whitepapers submitted prior to the charette, as well as ongoing group discussion on various topics. Anyone interested can register and join these discussions at any time.
OGC staff are working with interested members and the broader geosciences research community on organizational framework and other proposals to support this initiative. If you are interested in coordinating with OGC on a proposal for EarthCube, please contact David Arctur on OGC staff (darctur AT