7 January 2013 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), in cooperation withDirections Media, invites you to attend an OGC GovFuture webinar to learn howCanadian organizations are using open standards to support planning, design, implementation, measurement, andvisualization of Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES).  This free one-hour webinar will be held on 29 January 2013, at 3:00 p.m. UTC (10:00 a.m. EST).  

Ben Clark, Analyst, Climate Change Policy Unit, Ministry of Environment,Government of British Columbia, will describe the value that local andprovincial stakeholders are deriving from Community Energy and EmissionsInventory (CEEI) reports for all BC communities and from the ‘next generation'of buildings data, which provides increased ‘granularization and spatialization'of energy usage data through Tract and Neighbourhood Data Modelling (TaNDM).

Cory Slinger, Manager of Market Development, Horizon UtilitiesCorporation (Ontario), will provide an overview of the value, barriersand opportunities for demand conservation programs and Smart Grid, usinggeospatial information (using their work as an example)  Horizon Utilities Corporation is the first company to ever be named theSustainability Company of the Year by the Canadian Electricity Association fortwo consecutive years — 2011 and 2012. www.horizonutilities.com

Eddie Oldfield will introduce a proposed Energy Spatial DataInfrastructure Test Bed (Open Call) and identify marketplace requirements thatcan be addressed by interoperable Web services that implement OGC interface andencoding standards. Eddie is Owner/CEO of Spatial QUEST Solutions and a Memberof OGC. He is Chair of QUEST New Brunswick Caucus; Member of the NationalAdvisory Committee, QUEST www.questcanada.org; and Member ofResilient Communities Working Group, National Platform for Disaster RiskReduction (Public Safety Canada).

Please join us!

Webinar details and registration are available at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/254787154. The webinar willbe in English.

This webinar is part of the OGC's GovFuture program for local andsubnational governments. The OGC's affordable GovFuture-LocalGovernment and GovFuture-Subnational Government membership levels offer localand sub-national governments unique online resources and an insight into globalgeospatial policy and technology developments. This OGC membership level focuseson the value of using standards to support civil government activities. GovFuture membershave an opportunity to network with their peers worldwide, with representativesfrom other levels of government, and with suppliers and universities throughOGC events and communication channels.

About the OGC

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 480 companies,government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating ina consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGCstandards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web,wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empowertechnology developers to make geospatial information and services accessibleand useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visitthe OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

About Directions Media

Directions Media's mission is to informreaders and serve advertisers. Directions Media strives to be the very bestresource for geospatial professionals and information technology workers whowant to understand and capitalize on location-based information. DirectionsMedia was founded in 1998 as Directions Magazine, which continues to be theflagship publication. Directions Magazine was the first regularly publishedonline magazine covering geospatial technology. Today Directions Mediamaintains several online publications including Directions Magazine and the AllPoints Blog and offers conferences including Location Intelligence and GEOHuntsville.