Sad News about Doug Nebert

Dear OGC members and readers of our blog,

We lost a member of our OGC family over this past weekend.  Doug Nebert, an active member of the OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee since 1994, died in a private plane crash in Oregon last weekend.  Our hearts go out to Doug's family at this time of terrible tragedy. 

Doug Nebert

Doug Nebert

Involved  actively in the OGC from the beginning, Doug was a familiar face, a brilliant mind, and a gracious individual.  Doug chaired several working groups, contributed to countless OGC documents, and worked tirelessly to advance the vital components of Spatial Data Infrastructure at all levels of government - not only in the USA on behalf of the US Federal Geographic Data Committee, but around the world.    He was a recognized expert on all things geospatial, and was well known for his expertise in metadata and catalogs.  Doug was also a member of a small group of insightful OGC members who in the late 1990's helped establish what has become today's OGC Interoperability Program.

In 2005, Doug received OGC's highest award, the Kenneth D. Gardels Award, for his significant personal and professional contributions to advancing the OGC community, and for his leadership in advancing geospatial interoperability and open standards globally. 

Most importantly, Doug was known as a dear friend and cherished member of the OGC family.  He will be sorely missed.

Doug's family has expressed that for people who want to express their thoughts, sympathies and condolences to please send these to:

Ms. Dee Nebert and Family
c/o Tyee Lodge
4925 NW Woody Way
Newport, OR  97365

Dates for the Memorial Services to celebrate Doug’s life have yet to be determined, but they are targeting the August/September timeframe and they will occur in Portland, Oregon and Reston Virginia. We will forward the additional information once it becomes available.  

If anyone would like to make a contribution, the family asks that donations be sent to two different charities in Doug’s and his granddaughter Zoey’s honor.

Donations can be made in Zoey’s name to the Teddy Bears for Kids program by clicking here

In Doug’s name, donations can be made to the Young Eagles program by clicking here.

Please keep Doug's family in your thoughts and prayers.



We on OGC staff have received many messages from people who are deeply saddened by this news. I include some of these below as part of this blog post. If you would like to share with his family and others who knew him your condolences and your memories and thoughts about Doug, we invite you to leave a comment to this blog.

Mark E. Reichardt
President & CEO
Open Geospatial Consortium


"Such sad news to hear. A great loss to all. He was a special person.”

"A long-time employee, friend, and colleague, Doug's career spanned over 30 years of service with USGS. Ever committed to furthering the availability and use of geospatial and mapping technologies to address important issues, Doug was known nationally and internationally for his expertise, technical ability, and dedication to building cooperative relationships, integrated technical solutions, and spatial data infrastructures. The ripples of Doug's loss will literally be felt by colleagues and friends around the world."

"That is tragic news - I was travelling when I learned of Doug's accident. Shocked and saddened, our thoughts go out to his family - we will miss him."

"Doug was a friend for 20 years.  Many trips together.  Memorable was 2 weeks in Japan (TC211 and OGC) including a day hike of Mt. Fuji.”

"I don't know how express my sadness, what a big loss. I started to get to know Doug better as we worked closely on AIP-7."

"It is absolutely heartbreaking. Doug did great work and made major contributions toward interoperability. He was also one of my first AIP friends. I will miss him."

"I just learned about Doug's accident and his passing.  Truly shocking and very, very sad.  I just spoke with Doug in the recent past about his plane and his flying . My heart is very heavy and my sincerest condolences go out to his family.  He will be sorely missed."