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OGC’s 115th Member Meeting: Engaging a global location community virtually

Virtual attendees of the closing plenary for OGC's 115th Member MeetingLike almost every event in 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis, OGC’s 115th Member Meeting was completely virtual. Yet despite the change, more than 400 people from across the world logged on between 15–22 June 2020 (with three Working Groups meeting on June 10 & 11) to attend the meeting. Using a combination of GoToMeeting and Gitter, participants joined in on community discussions, presentations, panels, casual ‘lunch break’ chats, and special sessions on health, simulation & gaming, smart roads, insurance, OGC APIs, and more.

OGC’s Charlotte TC Meeting: as it was, not just as it seemed*

Braving heavy snowfall, and overcoming subsequent flight delays, more than 140 key standards leaders from industry, academia, and government attended last week’s Technical Committee (TC) Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The meeting was hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). This TC Meeting also featured an Energy Summit, a special IndoorGML-hosted open session, a wrap-up of the Environmental Linked Features Interoperability Experiment (ELFIE), and more.

OGC advances the Web Feature Service standard through a public hackathon

As many readers are aware, OGC has been making a concerted effort over the past few years to integrate better with the community implementing OGC standards. OGC members and staff believe that by involving those who actually need to code against standards early in the process, we can develop standards that are both more responsive to market demands and more accessible (read: “easier to understand and implement”) for developers. Hence, why not try a hackathon?

WFS3 Hackathon