The OGC announces the OGC North American Open Standards Exposition

Contributed by: 
Roger Mann, Director, Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin

The OGC North American Forum (NAF) has organized an Open Standards Technology Exposition to be held on September 19th, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. The event will be hosted by Oracle Corporation at their offices at 1900 Oracle Way in Reston, VA.

The purpose of the Exposition is to demonstrate and promote the value of the implementation of open geospatial standards throughout the US Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC) and Civil Agencies.   Please get the word out to your colleagues, especially acquisition professionals, who will learn about the benefits of requiring open geospatial standards-based solutions.  We will be promoting the Exposition to attract significant participation from across the community including ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence), NGA (National GeoIntelligence Agency), AGC (Army Geospatial Center), FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), USGS (US Geological Survey), FGDC (Federal Geographic Data Committee), NASA (National  Aeronautics and Space Administration), DHS (Department of Homeland Security), DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) and others.

 With only twenty display spaces being offered to software vendors that are OGC members, there is limited availability to participate in the Exposition.  Members of the OGC are offered an opportunity to present their products in a tabletop exhibit to demonstrate how they apply and leverage OGC standards to better serve their customers’ needs; this is on a first come, first served basis.  An exhibitor’s request form will be supplied by the OGC and used to register members – make sure you submit the form as soon as practical.   The OGC North American Forum is striving for each exhibitor at the expo to show how they are using OGC standards in their products and to demonstrate how these products provide value to governmental agencies. This means cost reductions, implementation schedule reductions, and interoperability performance improvements for current and future capabilities.   

The OGC North America Forum was recently formed to address OGC standards requirements, OGC program coordination, outreach and education needs of government, academic, research and industry OGC members in Canada, US and Mexico. The OGC NAF will provide a coordination mechanism to prioritize North American geospatial and location specific interoperability requirements and work towards incorporating these requirements into the international OGC standards process.

For more information please send an email to naf.expo [at]