Wayland, MA, August 30, 2006 – The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. ® (OGC), announces an Interoperability Day Seminar on October 4, 2006 to be held in conjunction with its Technical and Planning Committee Meetings in Tyson's Corner, Vienna, Virginia. The event, held in association with the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), is open to all and will focus on the state of geospatial and information technology interoperability. The seminar will include a keynote address, multi-vendor demonstration, and panel discussions. Topics will include the value of interoperability and standards, and the challenges ahead.

Doug Eberhard, Chief Technical Officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff, will speak about “Extending the Geospatial Landscape: Addressing the Complexities of the Urban Landscape” in the keynote presentation. Speakers including Jim Knudsen, GIO of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Johnny Tolliver, member of the Computing Applications group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Thomas Gay, Assistant Vice President and Manager of commercial insurer FM Global's Engineering Plan Services will share their perspectives on how interoperability plays a role in government, research and private industry. Participating OGC members will show off their solutions in a Vendor Interoperability Showcase providing attendees the chance to get more familiar with implementations of OGC standards. The final session of the day, hosted by OGC staff, will give attendees the chance to help craft future efforts by sharing input on priorities.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Premier, Grand Ballroom, Tyson's Corner from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and includes morning coffee, lunch and an evening social hour. To view the complete agenda and to register, please visit http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/0610interop for registration and fee details.

The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 320 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS Specifications support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location services, and mainstream IT. They empower developers to make complex spatial information and services useful with all kinds of applications. See http://www.opengeospatial.org.”