29 August 2012 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), in cooperationwith Directions Media, invites the international health mapping community toparticipate in a free one-hour webinar on 26 September 2012, at 4:00pm UTC (11:00 a.m. EST).  

This is the fourth GovFuture (http://www.ogcnetwork.net/node/1568) webinarpresented by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Directions Media. In thiswebinar, we look at how improved sharing of geospatial information plays animportant role in improving public health.

Our featured presenter is Eddie Oldfield, BA, Director, NB ClimateChange Hub at the New Brunswick Lung Association. He will describe his work incoordinating implementation of geospatial interoperability standards toexchange, integrate, and visualize distributed health and environmentalinformation. Applications he has studied have addressed chronic illness, publichealth resources, critical infrastructure, pollution, meteorologicalinformation, and pandemic surveillance and control. 

Eddie Oldfield's current work involves creating a national portal tobring together climate and health resources for decision-makers in publichealth, municipal emergency management, and local climate adaptation. Theportal will aid in expanding public health heat alert and response, communityresilience / disaster risk reduction, and modeling of historical and forecastimpacts from climate on public health. The portal will enable decision-makersto use diverse data sources through services that implement the OGC Web MapService (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Processing Service (WPS)standards.

Please join us!

Webinar details and registration are available at: http://www.directionsmag.com/webinars/. 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 460 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. Visit theOGC 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 best resourcefor geospatial professionals and information technology workers who want tounderstand and capitalize on location-based information. Directions Media wasfounded in 1998 as Directions Magazine, which continues to be the flagshippublication. Directions Magazine was the first regularly published onlinemagazine covering geospatial technology. Today Directions Media maintainsseveral online publications including Directions Magazine and the All PointsBlog and offers conferences including Location Intelligence and GEO Huntsville.