Celebrating Public-Private Partnerships at INSPIRE-Geospatial World Forum 2015

  • Posted on: 8 April 2015
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Ms. Annu Negi - COO and Sr. VP outreach and business development division, Geospatial Media with Athina Trakas, Director of European Services, OGC

After six Geospatial World Forum conferences, this year Geospatial Media and Communications was presented with an excellent opportunity to work together with our colleagues at the European Commission to co-organize the Forum and the INSPIRE conference. The OGC, too, has been actively engaged as a Strategic Partner.

David Schell's Recent Lifetime Achievement Award

David Schell, founder of the OGC, was at the top of the list of recipients of geospatial leadership awards at the Geospatial World Forum 2012, held 23-27 April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Forum organizers focused on his role in transforming the geospatial industry through a consensus standards process.

Bridging across bridges: engaging the geoscience research community in standards development (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a multipart series. Click here for Part 1 or Part 3

First, I’d like to mention some comments to Part 1, in which I posed a question: “A small but committed number of academic researchers are helping develop OGC standards, but the vast majority are not. Why do some get into it, and why don't more?”

UK Location Strategy Releases OWS Guide for INSPIRE Data Publishers

  • Posted on: 12 March 2012
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Tim Martin, GIS Consultant, Ordnance Survey Great Britain

Under INSPIRE, to improve environmental policy making in Europe, Member States must make available in a consistent format spatial datasets within the scope of the Directive, and create services for accessing these datasets.

Internet of Things

"The Computer for 21st Century" does not have a keyboard or a monitor.  Ubiquitous computing is arriving as the Internet of Things (IoT), transparently embedded in everyday devices in your home and in your city.   M. Weiser from Xerox-PARC in 1991 envisioned "tabs" that we would always carry, now people live and sleep with their phones.  Data for connected devices will transform society at a scale even beyond the WWW.  All devices and the data they produce will come with a location using   GPS/GNSS and soon

Learning from CleanSeaNet

  • Posted on: 23 August 2012
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Gianluca Luraschi, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

A near-real-time maritime operational spatial data service for oil spill and vessel detection
In the last decade, national and international public organizations have set up various geospatial services to monitor and understand safety, security and environmental issues. The availability of observation data and information at the right moment and with the right quality is crucial for managing these issues.

Successful AGI/OGC Interoperability Day in Exeter

  • Posted on: 6 July 2012
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Chris Ewing, Catastrophe Model Developer, Impact Forecasting team, Aon Benfield, London

On a sunny morning at the Met Office in Exeter, UK, Interoperability Day 2012 (#interop12 on Twitter) kicked off with 75 participants from around the world. The event was jointly organised by the OGC and the AGI (the UK's geospatial membership body) and took place on the Friday of the OGC Technical Committee/Planning Committee meetings.

The day started with an introduction to the OGC by Steven Ramage, an OGC staff member. This was greatly appreciated by the