Wayland, MA, USA, May 10, 2001 – Dr. Carl Reed has joined the Open GIS Consortium as Director of Specification Programs. Dr. Reed joins the OGC with over 30 years experience in the GIS and location services industries. Prior to joining the OGC, Dr. Reed was a senior executive at Intergraph, Genasys and Autometric.Dr. Reed will manage the OGC Technical Committee process, focusing on the mission of developing formal OpenGIS Specifications. He will also facilitate the strategic planning initiatives of the OGC Planning Committee. Dr. Reed will oversee the management and publication of technical documentation, support OGC's Interoperability Program and integrate the specification program with all other aspects of OGC business.David Schell, President of OGC, said, “Carl Reed has had a distinguished career in the GIS market, having led significant development projects, and for many years being one of the industry's leading proponents of open systems. He brings great talent and energy to OGC at a critical time in our company's growth, and I believe will have a tremendous positive influence on our continued success.”Dr. Reed's recent consulting experience includes work on the integration of geospatial technology into location services, strategic planning, GIS software architecture design and review, and specifications and standards for interoperability. Before opening his consulting practice, Dr. Reed served as Intergraph's VP of geospatial marketing where he helped define the company's vision for enterprise, Internet and location-based services. Before Intergraph, Dr. Reed served as President and Chairman of the Board of Genasys Americas and was also Chief Technology Officer for the global Genasys organization.Dr. Reed is widely published and is a popular speaker at GIS related conferences and policy workshops. He has presented papers at hundreds of conferences and has been invited to lend his expertise to NSDI Framework Workshops, the Adelaide Policy Summit, the GIM Advisory Board, and the Digital Government Policy WorkshopDr. Reed holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo with a focus on systems design and architecture for GIS. He is based in Fort Collins, Colorado.OGC is an international industry consortium of over 200 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing specifications. OpenGIS Specifications establish common interfaces that “geo-enable” the Web and mainstream IT, enabling technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org .– end –“