OGC is a consortium of experts committed to improving access to geospatial, or location information. We connect people, communities, and technology to solve global challenges and address everyday needs.

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We represent over 450 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities united with a desire to make location information FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

OGC is the home of geospatial innovation, collaboration, and standards. We are an international membership organization that supports a diverse community of businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities, all working together to make location information FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

OGC by the Numbers: Building an Engaged Membership

Our membership is driven, open, diverse, inclusive, accessible, and made up of fortune 500 organizations, governments, academic hubs for innovation, startups that are changing the location of landscape, and more.

477+

Total Members

61

New Members Since 2023

16

Principal Members

9

Strategic Members

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January 17 – June 19, 2024

Climate & Disaster Resilience Seminars – 2024

The OGC Stakeholder Community Coordination Group, which brings together members of the Climate and Disaster Resilience communities, has lined up an exciting program of speakers and panels for the first part of 2024. The talks will showcase geospatial technologies and data (especially those leveraging OGC Standards) across a range of applications used in Climate and Disaster Resilience. The talks are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in how spatial data and technology can help us to improve climate and disaster resilience is encouraged to attend. Seminars are held monthly on the third Wednesday at 11:00-12:30 US Eastern. Each presentation/panel will run for around 30 minutes + time for Q&A. This will be followed by short updates on what\’s happening in relevant OGC Pilots and Working Groups, as well as any upcoming opportunities.

Preliminary Program for Winter/Spring 2024

datespeakertopic17 JanPaul English (Tracking California, Public Health Institute)Geospatial Environmental Health Products from the Public Health Institute21 FebAnna Liljedahl (Woodwell Climate Research Center)Permafrost Discovery Gateway – enabling big data creation and knowledge-generation to support Arctic communities20 MarchGrey Nearing and Avichai Tendler (Google)Google\’s Global Flood Forecasting Model and Fire Products17 AprilClimate Science + Open Science crossover panel – OSPD participantsHow can open science (geospatial) tools enable climate and disaster resilience?15 MayAllan Jamieson (Ordnance Survey)Can location create trust in supply chains?JuneNo seminar in JuneOGC Member Meeting – informal meetup17 JulyTee Barr (Verisk)Kate Vavra-Musser (University of Minnesota / iGuide)Title TBC21 AugustRyan Berkheimer (NOAA)Title TBC – update on NOAA\’s Open Information Stewardship Service (OISS)18 SeptemberMartin SenklerTitle TBC16 OctoberTBCTitle TBC20 NovemberKasia (Katarzyna) Marini (MedECC)Title TBC18 Decembertime change! – 8:00 EasternNeil Sims (CSIRO)Title TBC

How to join the seminars:

Link to use from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://meet.goto.com/809299333 US Participants can also dial in using a phone:United States: +1 (224) 501-3412Access Code: 809-299-333 To join from a video-conferencing room or system:Dial in or type: 67.217.95.2 or inroomlink.goto.comMeeting ID: 809 299 333Or dial directly: 809299333@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##809299333 Members can also access the info using the OGC Portal Calendar.

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MEMBER MEETING – HYBRID

June 17 – June 21, 2024

129th OGC Member Meeting – Montreal

OGC’s 129th Member Meeting is scheduled. Join us in Montreal, where we will continue to connect location, show why standards matter, and share how interoperable technologies are crucial to sharing geospatial information. This one-week event, filled with technology showcases, dozens of Working Group meetings to improve standards and domains, special sessions, workshops, and keynotes, will show the value of the consortium\’s community of experts. The OGC Collaborative Innovations and Solutions program will also be in attendance sharing the latest concepts in climate, space, aviation, and more: all powered by our community. See the full agenda and register at ogcmeet.org Strategic Member Support: General Sponsors: Dinner Sponsor:

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HYBRID MEETING

June 17 – June 18, 2024

OGC Canada Forum

The OGC Canada Forum is back! Scheduled on June 17 and 18, the Forum invites you to join us in person or remotely to contribute to the Canadian Geospatial Community. All Canadian organizations and those operating in Canada are welcome to participate, whether members or non-members of OGC. The Forum aims to boost collaboration among stakeholders to address Canada\’s geospatial needs by focusing on capacity building, innovation, standards and economic growth. Attendees can expect discussions on current and future geospatial issues potentially affecting the overall community and assisting in planning ways to overcome issues. This event will be held at the Centre Mont-Royal in the Mont-Royal II room. For online attendees, sessions will be streamed via GoToMeeting. Please log in here to obtain the meeting link. Please note, all sessions will be recorded except for the Debate on June 18 from 11:00 to 11:30, which will follow the Chatham House Rule. This event is free, but registration is required. For any inquiries, please contact us at membership@ogc.org.
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Agenda: Eastern TimeMonday, June 17Speakers11:00 – 11:30Opening and the Forum OverviewAn overview of the 2024 Canada Forum agenda and then delve into the history, progress, future priorities of the forum, and key issues that are important for the Canadian community moving forward.Cameron Wilson, Project Manager, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)11:30 – 12:30Featuring a Panel: National Geospatial Strategy in a Time of Rapid Change and Growing ChallengesThis panel will explore how national geospatial strategies and spatial data infrastructure needs to mature and evolve to ensure that geospatial data and information in Canada continues to drive economic growth across sectors, provide vital insights to respond to challenges (e.g., emergencies, climate change) and inform policy priorities. With massive research and industry driven technological change, and social imperatives (e.g., Indigenous data sovereignty), how do we grow a rich collaborative environment to evolve Canada’s SDI? What are the roles/contributions of the range of partners that comprise Canada’s spatial data infrastructure? What are the prospects for SDI modernization? Panelists will be asked to provide their perspectives on the many opportunities and challenges on the horizon.Moderator: Claudine Couture, Deputy Director, Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)PanelistsEric Loubier, Director General – Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)Bradford Dean, GIS Manager – Mohawk Council of KahnawakeLinda van den Brink, Geo-Information Standardization Advisor, GeonovumEldrich Frazier, Senior Advisor Geospatial Technology – Federal Geographic Data Committee 12:30 – 13:30Networking LuncheonEastern TimeTuesday, June 18Speakers11:00 – 11:30Featuring a Debate:“In an era of ever-increasing data availability, there is a pressing need for digital interoperability to solve today’s biggest problems through rapid innovation. Standards only slow this down and are therefore no longer necessary.”Moderator: Rosie Chen, Community Manager – OGCDebaters:Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist – GoogleSteve Liang, Founder and CTO – SensorUpWill Cadell, CEO – SparkgeoBilyana Anicic, President – Aurora Consulting11:30 – 12:30 Featuring a Panel:The Transformative Role of Industry in National Geospatial Strategy and Spatial Data InfrastructureIn this panel, speakers will provide perspectives on the transformative role of industry in contributing to and leading technological advancement of geospatial data, geospatial information management, GeoAI, analytics, and related services, and discuss how the private sector is leveraging and contributing to Canada’s spatial data infrastructure to support public and private sector missions and civil society needs. The panel will also explore how the industry can better enable SDI by fostering innovation, promoting data interoperability, and building partnerships across different sectors.Moderator:Tom Landry, Business Analyst Specialist – IntactPanelists:Gordon Plunkett, Director, Spatial Data Infrastructure – Esri CanadaDean Hintz, Senior Analyst – Safe SoftwareBarry O\’Rourke, President – CompusultLiliana Perez, Associate Professor – University of Montreal12:30 – 13:30Networking Luncheon13:30 – 15:00Coming Back Together in Partnership and ClosingThe discussion will focus on \”Coming Back Together in Partnership,\” addressing key points from the read-ahead survey and crafting an action plan for the year ahead.Trevor Taylor, Senior Director – OGCRyan Ahola, Environmental Scientist – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

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