July 17, 2008

OGC Elects Two New Directors

Wayland, MA, USA, July 17, 2008. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) has held its biennial election and two new directors, Lisa Campbell and Dr. John C. Curlander, have been elected to the Board of Directors.

Lisa Campbell is vice president in charge of Autodesk's Geospatial Solutions. In her role at Autodesk, she is responsible for the company's vision and strategy for geospatial technologies and solutions serving the Utility, Telecommunications and Government markets. She brings over 20 years of marketing and software industry experience to the Board's deliberations, and she brings fresh insights into the convergence of geospatial and Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D and facilities management technologies. These convergence efforts are manifested, in part, through the Architecture/Engineering/Construction/Owner/Operator (AECOO) testbed that Autodesk will play a key role in. The AECOO testbed is being managed by OGC with the buildingSMART alliance and others.

Dr. John C. Curlander is internationally recognized for his work in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems and data processing. His research led to many of the operational techniques currently used in today's SAR processors. Prior to joining Microsoft, as President and CEO of Vexcel Corporation he led the company to significant growth in the areas of satellite ground systems, photogrammetry and radar signal processing. Since the May 2006 acquisition of Vexcel by Microsoft, Dr. Curlander has served as General Manager of what has come to be called Microsoft Boulder. In this role, Dr. Curlander oversees the execution of the vision that Microsoft has for the group's role in the success of Virtual Earth, and thus he brings an important perspective to the Consortium's "mass market geo" activities.

David Schell, Chairman of the Board of the OGC, said, "The most important decisions we make are the decisions that bring the right people onto the Board, people who know how to work with innovative new technologies in a constructive way, who look ahead and who are capable of seeing new industry horizons. Our strategic positioning and direction are strongly influenced by our directors, and thus we are fortunate to have two new individuals who bring such a relevant and important mix of business and technical capabilities and who are also seasoned and innovative managers."

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 365 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 http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

About OGC

About OGC
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a collective problem-solving community of experts from more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

The global OGC Community engages in a mix of activities related to location-based technologies: developing consensus-based open standards and best-practice; collaborating on agile innovation initiatives; engaging in community meetings, events, and workshops; and more.

OGC’s unique standards development process moves at the pace of innovation, with constant input from technology forecasting, practical prototyping, real-world testing, and community engagement.

OGC bridges disparate sectors, domains, and technology trends, and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas between different communities of practice to improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating an inclusive and sustainable future.

Visit ogc.org for more info on our work.

September 5, 2006

OGC Elects Two New Directors

Wayland, MA, USA, September 5, 2006. Dr. R. Siva Kumar and Ben Eazzetta have been elected to the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) Board of Directors. Dr. Siva Kumar heads the Natural Resources Data Management Systems (NRDMS) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Division of the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. He holds the rank of Brigadier in the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army and was Member Secretary of the Government's Task Force for planning implementation of the NSDI in India. Active in OGC affairs for several years, he has played a leading role in creating awareness of OGC in the Indian government.Mr. Ben Eazzetta is President of the Security, Government & Infrastructure Division of the Intergraph Corporation. Since coming to Intergraph from ExxonMobil six years ago, and before assuming his present duties, Mr. Eazzetta held the position of COO in Intergraph's Process, Power & Offshore Division and was then President of Intergraph's Public Safety Division. David Schell, Chairman of the Board of the OGC, said, “We are fortunate indeed that Dr. Kumar is willing to lend his prestige and obvious energies to the task of building a meaningful bridge between the consortium and the Indian geospatial community. Ben Eazzetta brings with him an industrial process perspective that is of great value to OGC at a time when the market for spatial information is being expanded and recharacterized. These new directors will help the OGC meet its two main challenges: to address international growth and to address information community interoperability requirements that go beyond the now largely solved problem of communication between different geospatial software products.”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. “

About OGC

About OGC
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a collective problem-solving community of experts from more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

The global OGC Community engages in a mix of activities related to location-based technologies: developing consensus-based open standards and best-practice; collaborating on agile innovation initiatives; engaging in community meetings, events, and workshops; and more.

OGC’s unique standards development process moves at the pace of innovation, with constant input from technology forecasting, practical prototyping, real-world testing, and community engagement.

OGC bridges disparate sectors, domains, and technology trends, and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas between different communities of practice to improve decision-making at all levels. OGC is committed to creating an inclusive and sustainable future.

Visit ogc.org for more info on our work.

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