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Toulouse or not Toulouse? An insight for those who missed the November 2019 OGC TC meeting

Capitole of Toulouse, and the square of the same name with the Occitan cross designed by Raymond Moretti on the ground.From 18-12 November, 2019, around 180 OGC Members from across the globe attend our 113th Technical Committee (TC) Meeting at the Toulouse Evénements Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis in Toulouse, France. 

Special sessions were held for the Europe Forum, an Augmented Reality Summit, an ad hoc meeting with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on transportation topics, an "OGC Value" working session, meetings of the joint OGC-W3C Spatial Data on the Web Subcommittee, as well as the joint OGC-ISO/TC 211 work on Observations and Measurements. Finally, there was also the presentation of the CityGML v3 visualization tool developed by the winners of the 2019 CityGML Challenge, Claus Nagel and Thomas Adolphi of virtualcitySYSTEMS.

Hot Town, Geo in the City! - OGC's June 2019 TC Meeting in Leuven

The recent 111th OGC Technical Committee (TC) Meeting was one of our biggest, with more than 280 people attending, including key standards leaders and regional experts from industry, academia, and government. The Meeting was held at the House of the Province of Vlaams-Brabant in Leuven, Belgium from 24–27 June, 2019, and was sponsored by KU Leuven, Hexagon, Informatie Vlaanderen, and Merkator.

In addition to the many Working Group meetings, this TC Meeting featured an Earth Observation (EO) Summit, a special Sharing Data in Agriculture Session, special sessions on Innovation Program activities in Europe, as well as two social events held across two beautiful local venues.

OGC’s Stuttgart TC Meeting: more than understanding only train station*

After 7 years, an OGC Technical Committee (TC) meeting has again come to Germany, this time from the 10-13 September 2018 in Stuttgart - more or less the backyard I grew up in. More than 200 people attended our 108th TC Meeting, held at and hosted by the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart (HfT Stuttgart).  

The week saw the usual blend of excellent meetings, an Ice Breaker in the Student’s Bar Block 4, a Pub Quiz where you could check your knowledge about German and Stuttgart culture, politics, and trivia, as well as the Geospatially Interoperable Games and Simulations (GIGS) Summit, the SensorThings API Summit, the kick-off of the Citizen Science Interoperability Experiment, and the annual OGC Gardel’s Award presentation - this year’s recipient being Joan Masó from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (CREAF).

News from the ILAF Forum - Hablas Español? Novedades del ILAF

ILAF, the OGC Iberian and Latin-American Forum, was chartered in 2010 and it has been a vital channel for communication between the OGC and the Spanish-speaking world.

The Forum is run by two chair persons from Spain, Joan Maso and Joan Capdevilla, both have been active over the last years and helped spread the word about the use of OGC standards in the community. Joan Capdevilla is now stepping down as co-chair because he is changing jobs.