November 13, 2014 – Join the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and invited speakers at a special joint session scheduled for  December 1st, 1100-1800 (JST), in Tokyo, Japan.

The session is intended to provide an overview and discussion on the state of the Group on Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS) and the role of OGC and other standards to enable greater interoperability in the context of Asia, with a particular focus on GEO plans for the next ten years.

Co-located with OGC's December technical and planning committee meetings (OGC-TC/PC), speakers will present on a variety of topics including:

  • Introduction to the Group on Earth Observation GEO/GEOSS and the  Role of the Infrastructure Implementation Board (IIB) and the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI)
  • OGC's role in GEO – Results from the Architectural Implementation Pilot
  • The Vision and Architecture for the GEOSS Information System future products and services
  • The OGC Technical Committee Opening Plenary – A unique invitation to learn more about the OGC community
  • Asia and GEO – Asian organisations, both GEO members and non-members, will present on relevant topics
  • The Geneva Plenary and the GEO Strategic Plan (2106-2025) – A Review of Outcomes from the November Geo Plenary
  • Panel Discussion – GEO and Asian Organisations; how do we increase participation?
  • This is a free event but registration is required. Space is limited and you are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Event: The Group on Earth Observations and the System of Systems in Asia; the Next 10 years

Date and Time: December 1st, 1100-1800 (JST)

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Venue: Akiharaba Convention Hall (5th Floor), Tokyo, Room 5C-2

Registration Link:

For more information please contact Osamu Ochiai at the Geo Secretariat ( ) or Trevor Taylor ( at OGC.

GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and organizations that envisions “a future  wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated,  comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.” GEO membership  includes 95 nations and the European Commission, and 77 Participating Organizations  comprised of international bodies with a mandate in Earth observations.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 495 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