More than seven years ago organizations and individuals in Spain and Portugal began working together to promote the use of OGC standards in those countries’ Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) programs. As others became interested, meetings were held, often in conjunction with SDI meetings in the Iberian region. There are longstanding relationships between Spain and Portugal and the countries of Latin America, so when an official OGC forum was chartered in 2010 it was given the name ILAF (Iberian and Latin-American Forum).
Mission Objectives / Key Activities
The OGC Nordic Forum is a grouping of the OGC members in the Nordic region, set up to promote the use and understanding of open standards for geospatial software and data for countries in the region, and to influence the definition and best use of these standards.
The goal for the North America Forum (NAF) is to address OGC standards requirements, OGC program coordination, outreach and education needs of government, academic, research and industry organizations in Canada, US and Mexico. The NAF will provide a coordination mechanism to prioritize North American geospatial and location specific interoperability requirements and work towards incorporating these requirements into the OGC standards process.
The China Forum of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) was chartered in 2017 with the goal of addressing the OGC outreach and education needs of government, academic, research and industry organizations in China. The Forum also provides a coordination mechanism to prioritize Chinese interoperability requirements and communicate these requirements into the OGC standards process. Finally, the Forum will establish and maintain coordination with the Asia/Pacific region OGC members on issues relevant to the broader Asia/Pacific regional interest in the OGC international process.