March 12, 2009, Wayland, Massachusetts. At the recent Map World Forum trade show and conference in Hyderabad, India, India's GIS Development communication network awarded the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) GIS Development's “Professional Service to Geospatial Community Award”. The award is a handsome 10 inch wooden globe sculpted to depict layers of information.
The award was presented by Shri M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India, who was on hand to open the conference. OGC president and CEO Mark Reichardt accepted the award on behalf of OGC members, staff and Board of Directors.
Reichardt and OGC Director Bob Moses held an OGC Global Advisory Council fact finding session with 15 prominent industry and government leaders. All of them liked the concept of the OGC's new Global Advisory Council, and many are eager to participate in the process. A Steering Committee under the Global Advisory Council will be formed to help Indian OGC members create an OGC India Forum and to help with outreach to the Indian user community.
The OGC's Delhi Transportation Interoperability Pilot (DTRIP) is moving forward. DTRIP is an OGC Interoperability Initiative to advance OGC's open framework for geospatial data and systems interoperability and sharing in the context of transportation circulation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 370 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. The OGC's OpenGIS® standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. These 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/.