The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has announced its next Location Powers workshop. The theme for the workshop is ‘Big Linked Geodata.' The workshop will take place on Wednesday 22nd March, alongside OGC's next TC Meeting, in Delft, The Netherlands.

The focus of the workshop is to investigate how big data approaches can aid in effective exploitation of linked geographic data.

The amount of data being created by the human race is growing exponentially, with 90% of the data currently in the world having been created in the last two years [1]. Further, the total amount of global data is predicted to grow 40% year on year for the next decade [1]. Most of this data has a location component. Developments in the Semantic Web make it possible to link data based on geographic information in a way that provides valuable insight.

François Robida, Deputy Head at the French geological survey (BRGM) and Member of the OGC Board of Directors, commented: “The geospatial dimension of data and knowledge is key for understanding connections and correlations in many domains, including monitoring of the environment, smart cities, and climate change. Our capacity to properly utilise the spatial dimension in the big data field is therefore crucial, and will benefit from a combination of OGC standards and a semantic web approach.”

The Location Powers: Big Linked Geodata workshop will bring together leading developers of linked data who are scaling their approaches to ever larger and more diverse datasets. Participants will hear about the latest developments in this field, and will contribute to the collective discussion advancing the use of ‘linked' and ‘big' data computing techniques as applied to geospatial data.

The workshop will occur in tandem with OGC's 102nd TC/PC meeting, held at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.

To find out more about the workshop, including information on speakers and how to register, visit

Event details:

Website: / #LPBigLinkedGeodata

When: Wednesday 22 March 08:45-16:00

Where: Delft University of Technology, Room P Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Building 8), Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL, Delft, The Netherlands.


About Location Powers

The Location Powers Summits are provided by the OGC, whose members have been making the world's location standards for over 20 years. Location Powers events bring together both private and public sector experts from across the globe and are designed to be interactive, cross-community discussions with each so far having produced industry guiding whitepapers. As well as being a place of learning for everyone about the power of location, the summits are also designed to help inform the future direction and work within the consortium to continue developing relevant and useful standards.


About the OGC

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC 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

[1]: UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, The big data dilemma: Fourth Report of Session 2015–16, pp3 [PDF]. Retrieved 30 January 2017.