27 July 2010. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) will develop conforming documentation for key OGC standards and geospatial open source application descriptions. Both sets of documentation will be available online and on the OSGeo-Live DVD, to be released at the international conference for Free and Open Source Software, FOSS4G, in September 2010 in Barcelona, Spain (http://2010.foss4g.org).
“We are happy to work with OSGeo to meet the needs of open source developers,” explained Steven Ramage, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, OGC, “because wider use of OGC standards increases interoperability, innovation and market growth, and this benefits developers and users of both open source and proprietary software.”
According to Cameron Shorter, coordinator of the OSGeo-Live project, “OGC standards underpin our geospatial Open Source applications, and hence OGC this support from the OGC will greatly enhance the Open Source documentation being developed.”
OSGeo-Live is a DVD, USB drive and Virtual Machine based upon Ubuntu Linux that is pre-configured with a wide variety of robust, open source, geospatial software. The applications can be trialed without installing anything on your computer, simply by booting the computer from the DVD or USB drive. OSGeo Live is handed out at conferences around the world, and is regularly used by students in geospatial workshops and tutorials.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo (http://www.osgeo.org/), is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data.
About the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®)
The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 395 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. 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/contact.