Wayland, MA, USA, September 30, 2008.  At the September meeting of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC(R)) in Norcross, Georgia, Terry Fisher received an OGC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Fisher, recently retired from the national GeoConnections (www.geoconnections.org/ ) program led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), has been an active participant in the OGC since shortly after OGC was founded in 1994. He served in the OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee and served as Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) (www.ceos.org/)  liaison with OGC. In CEOS, he helped the international Earth observation community become a leading implementer community for OGC. He guided "Team Canada" companies in their contributing critical standards expertise in the OGC and becoming leaders internationally with standards-based geoprocessing products.

Through Mr. Fisher's efforts, GeoConnections user communities have provided key input to OGC, including feedback on licensing which has informed OGC's geospatial rights management (GeoRM) (www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/markets-technologies/georm ) activities. He initiated and helped lead the GeoConnections Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure Pilot (CGDI Pilot), involving scores of Canadian agencies at all levels of government.

Mark Reichardt, president of OGC, said, "Terry has been a force behind GeoConnections' endorsement and deployment of OGC standards, which has led to the CGDI becoming the largest single implementation community for OGC. More than any other individual, Terry Fisher has been responsible for Canada becoming a global model for National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) development that takes full advantage of OGC standards."

The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 365 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.