OGC India Forum to be held at India Geospatial Forum (IGF 2012)

  • Posted on: 31 January 2012
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Dr MK Munshi, Chair of OGC India Forum

Next week the OGC is supporting the India Geospatial Forum (IGF 2012) at the Epicentre in Gurgaon, India. During this important event, there will be an OGC India Forum meeting on Thursday 9 February, morning till lunch. As Chair of this forum, it is my pleasure to invite all geospatial professionals to attend this meeting.

OGC Advances Best Practice for Sharing Geographic Names

  • Posted on: 6 January 2012
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Jeff Harrison

Gazetteers provide valuable information about geospatial features, including their names, locations, and feature types. In fact, geographic names are the most common form of locational reference and are key to accessing, linking, and mapping other online information. Since this resource is so important, there's growing interest in sharing and updating geographic names across standard Web services interfaces. To meet this challenge OGC members have developed an updated approach for sharing geographic names - the OGC Gazetteer Service Best Practice.

OGC and Eye on Earth Summit

Next week a global event is taking place in the Middle East, specifically in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It’s called the Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi 2011 Summit and Exhibition and it takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 12th to 15th December.  The goal is to bring together world experts to facilitate greater access to environmental and societal data to help achieve sustainable development especially for emerging economies.

SSSC 2011 and SISS workshops New Zealand

As part of my involvement in the SSSC 2011 international conference in Wellington, New Zealand I ran a workshop on Open Standards, Policy and Business Value, which was sponsored by e-Spatial New Zealand Ltd. Attendees came from both government and the private sector and they contributed to the development of the workshop, which will be delivered at other international conferences in coming years. The workshop will also be refined in line with activities of the OGC Business Value Committee.

GIS.FCU contributes to the OGC Asia Forum and the University DWG

  • Posted on: 4 November 2011
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Professor Tien-Yin (Jimmy) Chou

Professor Tien-Yin (Jimmy) Chou, Director of GIS Research Center of Feng Chia University (GIS.FCU), helped establish the OGC Asia Forum in 2011. He invites professionals and scholars from government units, academic institutions and companies in Asian countries to join this regional forum to promote policies, co-operative business development initiatives and public/private partnerships that support the use of OGC standards. The Asia Forum helps coordinate the efforts of Asian countries to develop regional OGC best practices. 

How the OGC Processes Change Requests

There seems to be some confusion as to how OGC Change Requests (CRs) are processed and how quickly the process takes, so here’s some useful information.

Apologies in advance for the length of this posting!

In early 2009, the OGC Members approved a change in policy with regard to how change requests to existing OGC standards would be processed:

• Only official Change Requests would be considered. The Members felt that a formal CR submission and tracking process was required to strengthen standards revision life cycle maintenance and configuration management.