The call for papers for the 2018 Symposium, including the Open Geospatial Standards track, is now open

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is excited to announce that it is hosting a special ‘Open Geospatial Standards' track at the upcoming ISPRS Technical Commission IV Symposium 2018, to be held October 1-5, 2018 in Delft, Netherlands. This year's symposium is entitled 3D Spatial Information: The Engine of Change.

The Symposium is run annually by ISPRS Technical Commission IV – Spatial Information Science, and provides a forum where researchers and practitioners can come together and share their work and ideas in the spatial information sciences, as well as propose new developments for this field so important to humanity's progress.

3D and higher dimensions pose significant challenges to researchers, data holders, software developers and stakeholders. Besides research and development, much more collaboration and cooperation is required between disciplines, researchers, practitioners, industry, and academics to support the promotion and use of spatial information.

During the symposium, researchers will examine and evaluate the ‘state of the art' across all aspects of 3D spatial information and modelling. The topics of the ISPRS Symposium cover the work of the Commission's 10 working groups, as well as – for the first time – a special Open Geospatial Standards track, hosted by OGC.

The Open geospatial standards track will run for 5 hours on Thursday 4th October, and will examine:

  • Latest advances to OGC standards – OGC Technology Trends; WFS 3.0, Big Data, Linked Data
  • National and regional implementations of OGC standards – IMGeo; CityGML in Rotterdam (ESPRESSO pilots), incl Indoor pilots; FCP1, ESPRESSO (Static and Fast moving data / Static using WFS, Fast moving using SensorThings API)
  • Industry take up of OGC standards – Avineon and 3D City Models; Virtual City Systems 3D City Models; Smart Cities picking up on 3D City Models
  • Harmonisation and integration of OGC standards – in Smart Cities; results of plugfests
  • Collaborations between OGC and other international and standardization bodies (e.g. OGC and ISO) – OCG and bSI (IDBE); OGC and W3C (SDWWG); OGC and ISO (TC211, TC84, IEC); OGC and ITU SG20 (Smart Cities)
  • Future initiatives and activities – Future City Pilot Phase 2 (FCP2), ESPRESSO outcomes; Underground Pilots; Testbed 13 results, Testbed 14 directions.

The call for papers to be presented during the Open Geospatial Standards track is now open. If you have expertise in the above topics, and are willing to present at the Symposium, OGC urges you to submit a paper for consideration. Papers can be submitted via the ISPRS Symposium website.

The ISPRS symposium will be hosted at Delft University of Technology and will be a part of the Geo Delft 2018 joint event, which will additionally host the 3D Geoinfo, 3Dcadatsres and SDSC conferences. Further information about the ISPRS Symposium can be found at the ISPRS Symposium web site.


About ISPRS Technical Commission IV

ISPRS TC IV ‘Spatial Information sciences' is one of the five Technical Commission of ISPRS and has a mandate of four years (2016-2020). The focus in the four-year period is on 3D representations, integration of data from different domains (indoor/outdoor, above/below the surface, design/real world) and applying the information for a variety of multidimensional applications. The research and developments within the commission are carried out within 10 WG and one inter-commission WG, coordinated by 43 ISPRS officers and more than 100 members. A highlight of the work is the upcoming ISPRS Commission Symposium, aiming to provide a forum where researchers and practitioners can come together and share their work and ideas in the spatial information sciences and propose new developments for this important field for the progress of humanity. Learn more at:

About OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (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 within any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at