As part of my involvement in the SSSC 2011 international conference in Wellington, New Zealand I ran a workshop on Open Standards, Policy and Business Value, which was sponsored by e-Spatial New Zealand Ltd. Attendees came from both government and the private sector and they contributed to the development of the workshop, which will be delivered at other international conferences in coming years. The workshop will also be refined in line with activities of the OGC Business Value Committee.
The first ever OGC Nordic Interoperability Day was organized by OGC Nordic Forum together with ULI Geoforum, Sweden's national association for geographic information and GIS . The event took place last week in Stockholm, Sweden and it was a big success, with over 70 participants from the Nordic countries together with guests from abroad. The full day event included presentations from OGC staff and Nordic OGC members focusing on how to achieve interoperability of Geographic Information systems, services and content using OGC standards.
Office International de l'Eau (OIEau) has been setting up open information systems and data exchange standards in water related domains for years. OIEau's main standardization activity is the support it provides to the French water community via the Sandre secretariat. OIEau teams support other initiatives such as Water Information System for Europe (WISE) and the INSPIRE data specification process. As an OGC member, OIEau is also involved in the Hydrology Domain Working Group, which is co-chaired by the OGC and the World Meteorology Organization's Commission on Hydrology.
A broad-based effort to employ geospatial analysis and information sharing contributed greatly to the disaster response effort after the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011. OGC standards played an important role.
Sinsai.info (http://www.sinsai.info), a crisis-mapping site that uses the Ushahidi platform, was launched 4 hours after the earthquake occurred. "Sinsai" means earthquake disaster in Japanese. Volunteers organized by Open Street Map Japan confirmed, geo-coded and uploaded more than 110,000 calls.
On January 12, 2015, Richard Rombouts, Senior Technical Consultant and Training Lead at Snowflake Software, talked with Ron Exler, Senior Consultant at the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) about Snowflake’s participation in the OGC and the OGC's Testbed 11, and how the company has benefited from participation.
During the last week in March and the first week of April I had the fortune to visit UN offices in Vienna, Austria and Geneva, Switzerland.
The OGC's process and standards play a critical role as business requirements for communication of location become a key issue for the mobile industry.
As the first intern to work for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), I feel honored to share my intern experiences with this great organization.
From February to the present time, I have worked as a Marketing and Communications Intern in OGC. My internship will end in August. Most of my tasks are aimed to help promote OGC among target audiences and facilitate the communication between OGC and its respected members.