The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces Dr Luis Bermudez as the new Executive Director of its Innovation Program.

Continuing OGC's leadership in advancing geospatial information, OGC is pleased to announce Dr. Luis Bermudez as the new Executive Director of OGC's Innovation Program (previously the Interoperability Program). The Innovation Program provides a collaborative agile process for advancing geospatial technologies: Innovation Program Initiatives like testbeds, pilots and plugfests help develop, test, and validate technologies that lead to open standards for advancing geospatial information interoperability and innovation.

Luis was previously the Executive Director of the OGC's Compliance and E-Learning Program, where he grew the program two-fold in five years while supporting the implementers of open standards with a free-to-use validation facility and providing confidence about the quality of OGC Certified products.

Luis recently composed a blog post on Innovation Principles, which outlines how the Innovation Program embraces core fundamentals that enable the development of ‘net technology and the advancement of open standards.

Mark Reichardt, President & CEO of OGC, commented, “We are delighted that Luis has accepted this leadership role. Dr. Bermudez has demonstrated experience and skill in guiding and shaping OGC program activities to remain agile with the rapid market and technology changes that are commonplace today. Under his leadership, we look forward to the continued success of this unique program that unites technology providers and users in hands-on prototyping, subsequently advancing open standards and associated best practices that are of great value to the global community.”

If you would like to get in contact with Luis to offer congratulations or suggest a new idea for a future innovation initiative, Luis can be contacted at

Additionally, OGC is inviting applications to fill the role of Product Manager for OGC Validation Tools. You can learn more about the role, and apply, at

About the OGC

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC 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