If I were presented with an opportunity to choose my top 3 events with geospatial significance, the Eye on Earth Summit and Exhibition Abu Dhabi would be on the list. In terms of prominent speakers, useful content, business networking, amazing choreography and inspiration, this event had it all.
Last week in Austin, Texas, there was a meeting of the OGC members who are planning an OGC North American Forum. People working in organizations representing Canada, Mexico and the United States of America came together to outline the goals and the formulation of the forum. You are probably wondering what this has to do with the Middle East. Well, quite a lot actually.
Earlier this year, the OGC held its first Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings in the Middle East. With patronage by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of Interior, the meeting was hosted by the GIS Center for Security, Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior. We were honored to have good representation from OGC international members and guests, with many attendees from the UAE and other nations from the region representing industry, government, NGO and academic organizations. During the week, 21 working