The OGC Community is represented by a wide range of leaders and technical experts that reach across virtually all things geospatial. With the power of standards and domain working groups, forums, and projects, OGC continues to push the boundaries of innovation and collaboration.

OGC’s community is also broken up into several additional committees, forums, and partners to ensure that the consortium is able to deliver on its promise of being open, transparent, and FAIR. Our committees are the core of OGC with staff and member driven groups, our forums represent an entire globe of engaged leaders, and our alliance partners help the consortium tackle issues.

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OGC standards are the result of an international consensus-based process of technical content-development followed by intense review and formal vote.

Regional Forums

OGC innovations, standards, and thought leadership are truly global and are represented by multiple forums. Each forum supports a range of functions in order to help organizations continue to evolve with industry best practices, interoperability, and the next generation of location technologies. In order to better support the many different regions that use OGC standards, OGC encourages the creation of regional forums that address the particular needs and circumstances of their regions.

Alliance Partners

Geospatial information is a cross-cutting requirement that’s critical to many different domains. As such, the OGC mission is aligned with the missions of many different organizations.

Upcoming events


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 JulyTodd Barr (Verisk)Kate Vavra-Musser (University of Minnesota / iGuide)Title TBC

How to join the seminars:

Link to use from your computer, tablet or smartphone: 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: or inroomlink.goto.comMeeting ID: 809 299 333Or dial directly: 809299333@ or Members can also access the info using the OGC Portal Calendar.

OGC event


April 14 – April 19, 2024


The General Assembly 2024 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria and online, from 14–19 April 2024. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations. OGC\’s Marie-Françoise Voidrot, as well as other OGC members, will present the following sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 12:30-14:00 Marie-Françoise Voidrot will present the talk “Multi-dimension efforts to support Earth Observation collaboration across distributed infrastructure and resources”Location: Booth NFDI4Earth #19 (in the entrance hall)The talk is related to the Open Science Persistent Demonstrator as well as the European Projects ILIAD, EuroGEOSec, USAGE, AD4GD, InCASE, DIS4SME, GeoE3, CHEK, ACCORD, CLIMOS, and more. Tuesday, 16 April 15:45-16:15Marie-Françoise Voidrot will present the talk “Open Science Collaboration across Earth Observation Platforms“Location: Booth Open Science & Data Help Desk #X212The talk is directly linked to the Open Science Persistent Demonstrator.‌ Tuesday, 16 April 19:00-20:00Marie-Françoise Voidrot will participate in the panel “Green Deal Data Odyssey: Unveiling Opportunities For The Geoscience Community”Location: L3 Townhall Meeting TM13, L3The panel is relevant to the European Projects ILIAD, USAGE, AD4GD, EuroGEOSec, InCASE, and more. Friday, 19 April 10:45 and 11:15-12:30Marie-Françoise Voidrot will support 2 pico presentations by partners for which she is co-author: “Open Science Collaboration across Earth Observation Platforms”Location: PICO screen PICO4.1. PICO spot 4They are directly linked to the Open Science Persistent Demonstrator.‌ Wednesday, 17 April 15:05 Alba Brobia, from OGC member CREAF will present “G-reqs as a framework for defining precise, technology-agnostic, user-driven geospatial in-situ requirements. Towards a FAIR Global Earth Observation System of Systems without data gaps.”Presented by Alba Brobia, CREAFLocation: room 2.16The presentation is directly linked to the recent OGC Data Requirements ad Hoc meeting and the European Project InCASE. Thursday, 18 April 10:15–10:45 Bente Lilja Bye will present “The importance of data management principles for efficient data spaces.”Location: EGU Open Science and Data Help Desk exhibition booth #X212The presentation is directly linked to European projects ILIAD, InCASE, USAGE, and AD4GD. Friday, 19 April 11:40Bente Lilja Bye will present “The importance of data management principles for efficient data spaces”Location: room G2 session ESSI2.11The presentation is directly linked to European projects ILIAD, InCASE, USAGE, and AD4GD.

Community event


April 18 – April 19, 2024

Digital Building Permit Conference 2024

OGC, EUnet4DBP, and other relevant organisations are organising the Digital Building Permit Conference 2024 to dive into the current status of research, development, and implementation, and to provide the opportunity for several digital building permit actors to meet and discuss their experiences across the four different interacting systems within the Digital Building Permit challenge: Legislative, Procedural, Organisational, and Technological. The event is a satellite event of The Festival of the New European Bauhaus. Digitalisation of building permits was detected as the critical knot to be solved, in order to pave the way towards massive digitalisation in the construction industry, and to enable the potential of automation and optimisation in the management of building and city data. The topic has being developing for a couple of years and now some mature solutions start to be available. Moreover, some important cross-border (e.g. European) projects as well as other local initiatives are currently running and can present their results. Therefore, the EUnet4DBP, together with several relevant organisations, is organising the “Second International Conference on Digital Building Permit” to dive into the current status of research, developments and implementations, and to provide the opportunity for several digital building permit actors to meet and discuss. Multidisciplinarity and inter-sectoral collaboration are key to solve the multifaceted and complex challenge of building permit digitalisation. Therefore, the conference will be structured to host several different kinds of contributions and activities, from research to implementations, with a relevant part reserved to users and stakeholders, in order to investigate the challenges of the solutions’ uptake.


Share progress all over Europe and the World Engage policy developers and regulators Show benefits and the value of building permit digitalisation through concrete examples Share solutions and components from several developers Encourage municipalities to bring their points of view and expertise Tackling the remaining outstanding problems and challenges Legal aspects discussion Share developments and experiences about data and technology for digital building permits Learn more, including the exciting programme and how to register, at the Digital Building Permit Conference 2024 website.

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