May 6, 2009, Wayland, Massachusetts.The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) invites participation in an OGC Geospatial Rights Management (GeoRM) Summit to be held June 22, 2009 at the Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Geospatial data and services — Earth images, GIS, map browsers, location services, navigation, etc. — have become an integral part of our information environment. But this progress raises issues of security, public access, intellectual property, and emergency use of geospatial information. The issues are complex because geospatial data products are often composed of data from multiple sources which may have different rights and restrictions associated with them. Thus, business and policy issues, not technical issues, are now the industry bottleneck.

“The OGC's Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM) provides a framework that enables much more than today's ‘all or nothing' protection,” explained Graham Vowles, chair of the GeoRM Working Group ( of the OGC Technical Committee. “This has important implications for governments and scientists whose data would have far more value if the data could be readily shared.”

“Standards based on the GeoDRM RM will open up many new opportunities for geospatial data and geoprocessing service businesses,” said Mark Reichardt, the OGC's president and CEO. “We are holding this summit to give multiple stakeholder communities an opportunity to see how they can benefit from developing and using GeoRM standards.”

For OGC GeoRM Summit information, agenda and registration, see

The OGC's June 2009 Technical Committee meeting week also includes a Sensor Web Summit ( hosted by the OGC's Sensor Web Enablement Working Group and a 3D Fusion Summit hosted by the OGC's 3DIM Working Group.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 380 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® 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