September 30, 2008, Wayland, Massachusetts. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced today that OGC members Blue Marble and 1Spatial have released the results of the OGC Spatial Data Quality Survey. The results are now available at

The OGC Technical Committee's Spatial Data Quality Working Group, under the leadership of Blue Marble ( President Patrick Cunningham (Vice Chair), and Seb Lessware (Chair) of 1Spatial (, developed the survey and distributed it to thousands of geospatial data suppliers and users around the world. The goal of the survey was to provide user feedback to guide the OGC's development of appropriate terms of quality measure and a robust spatial data quality model.

"We are particularly pleased to have been involved in this effort to gather feedback from members of the geospatial community," commented Patrick Cunningham. "With this data, we will be able to move forward with the Working Group's directive of researching the best framework for spatial data quality standards."

The mission of the Data Quality Working Group of the OGC Technical Committee is to provide a forum for describing an interoperable framework or model for OGC quality assurance measures and Web services. Standards developed on this framework will enable more effective and reliable evaluation, sharing and use of geospatial information; improve data analysis and ultimately influence policy decisions. In order to achieve the Working Group's goal, it was necessary at the outset to poll organizations involved in the marketplace to ascertain what they mean when they use the term "spatial data quality."

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