Successful AGI/OGC Interoperability Day in Exeter

  • Posted on: 6 July 2012
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Contributed by: 
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

Standards helped response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • Posted on: 25 June 2012
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Morishige Ota, Fellow, Kokusai Kogyo Co.,, Ltd.

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.

Persistent Test Bed Phase 3 - Call for Participation: Authenticated Access to European Spatial Data Sets

  • Posted on: 18 June 2012
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Johannes Brauner, Technische Universität Dresden

Though more and more geodata from administrative bodies such as National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies becomes open, these government bodies usually hesitate to provide fully unrestricted access to their datasets, especially in Europe. Nevertheless, access to these data sets is often important for the research community. Additionally, particular license models are still lacking. These issues were raised by the recent OGC Web Services (OWS) Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment, the OGC Authentication Interoperability Experiment, and the EU-funded project ESDIN as well.

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.

New OGC standard has an important role in improving shared situational awareness.

  • Posted on: 23 May 2012
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Roger Brackin, MSc, Envitia Research Director

A new standard being developed in the OGC has an important part in improving shared situational awareness. The candidate OGC Web Services (OWS) Context standard encodes the key elements of a common operating picture: the geographic area, an optional time range, and an ordered series of layers from different services or inline content. This allows a situational awareness view of one user to be passed to other users so that the same picture can be reconstructed.

Athina Trakas to speak at FOSS4G Central and East Europe Conference

  • Posted on: 12 May 2012
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Chair of the conference Dr. Karel Charvat, and Tomas Mildorf

Athina Trakas (OGC) will speak about OGC standards at the plenary session at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial in Central and East Europe (FOSS4G-CEE) & Geoinformatics, an international conference addressing geospatial technologies developed by, or relevant to, the Open Source community in Central and Eastern Europe. It will be held from 21st till 23rd May 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic.

OGC Xlink Policy and timeline to move to XLink 1.1

Back in 2000, the OGC Members determined that the W3C XLink recommendation was well suited to the requirements for GML 2.0 as well as other OGC standards. However, at that time, W3C did not have a XLink schema. Therefore, the OGC Members decided to define an OGC XLink schema that was based on the W3C XLink recommendation. This XLink schema is now used in numerous OGC standards (See below).