Wayland, MA, December 8, 2008. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) (http://www.opengeospatial.org) announced that GeoVirtual, SL (Spain) (http://www.geovirtual.com) has joined the OGC as a Strategic Member. Strategic Membership is the highest level of membership in the OGC. To advance OGC program objectives, Strategic Members provide significant resources in the form of funding and other in-kind resources.

As a strategic member, GeoVirtual will contribute to the OGC process at a high level to help realize the full societal, economic and scientific benefits of integrating sophisticated but easy-to-use geospatial presentation technology into consumer, commercial and institutional activities worldwide.

Mark Reichardt, President, OGC, said, "By joining at the Strategic level, GeoVirtual has shown its commitment to leadership in bringing open standards together with "geobrowsing" and high quality dynamic 3D representation of geographic features and phenomena. Through the company's participation in the Consortium, we expect to see accelerated adoption of interoperability in this key technology sector, which has uses in everything from online advertising to training, entertainment and scientific modeling."

Gonzalo Garcia, GeoVirtual's CEO, explained that "GeoVirtual's strong commitment to OGC reflects our strategy of enabling customers to use our standards-based geospatial presentation solutions with a wide variety of data and with other geospatial software and services. GeoVirtual brings value to and derives value from the new global geospatial computing environment based on OGC standards and interoperability."

About GeoVirtual

GeoVirtual, founded in 1990, specializes in developing new graphic languages to describe territories and landscapes for the general public.  The company's programmers, geographers and designers work to ensure that the company's software is the most efficient technology to present territories dynamically and in 3D.

About The Open Geospatial Consortium

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 365 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org.