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 member representatives and staff attend many conferences, trade shows and events where location counts. For example, this month, OGC staff have presented at the India Geospatial Forum, the European Location Framework (ELF) Meeting, and the ESRI US Federal User Conference. If you are attending an event and speaking about the OGC, please ask us to add the event to our Events calendar or consider becoming part of the OGC Speakers’ Bureau.
The Met Ocean Domain Working Group of OGC is now approaching its 5th birthday - it was established in 2009 at the OGC Athens Technical Committee, transformed itself from just 'Meteorology' to 'Meteorology & Oceanography', and persuaded everyone that Climatology is a subset, so did not need a separate interest group like Hydrology.
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.