8 April 2013. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) recently held its biennialelection of directors.Of the 18 elected members of the consortium's 2010-2012 Board of Directors, 15serving members were re-elected and three new members have been seated. The newOGC board members are Christopher Holmes, Walter Scott and Geoff Zeiss.
ChrisHolmes is the Chairman and Founder of OpenGeo, a social enterprise thatbuilds web-based geospatial technology. Chris is a Global Spatial DataInfrastructure Association (GSDI) Board Member, an Open Internet Tools SteeringCommittee Member, and the Chairman of the Project Steering Committee ofGeoServer. He has given keynote addresses at geospatial and open sourceconferences around the world. Chris is a Stanford graduate and a 2005 FulbrightScholar.
Dr.Walter S Scott is Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer ofDigitalGlobe, which he founded in 1992. Dr. Scott is responsible for thedevelopment of its spaceborne imaging systems, US Government strategy,leadership of DG Labs (DigitalGlobe's R&D efforts), and technical oversightfor engineering and technology across DigitalGlobe. He has been responsible fora number of industry “firsts” in commercial and defense related Earth imaging. Amember of the National Research Council Committee on Implementation of aSustained Land Imaging Program, Dr. Scott is also on the Committee on EarthScience and Applications from Space (CESAS) and was a member of the Committeeon Earth Studies in 1997-98.
Geoff Zeiss, Ph.D., is Principal at Between the Poles,a thought leadership consultingfirm. Geoff has more than 20 years experience in the geospatial industry and15 years experience working in enterprise geospatial infrastructure managementwith some of the largest utilities and communications organizations in the USand around the world, primarily as Director Utility Industry Program, Autodesk,Inc. Geoff has served on the boardsof directors of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITAUS), Geospatial Industry Association of Canada (GIAC) and the Open Source GeospatialFoundation (OSGEO). He has participated on the Public Advisory Committee forthe Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), and supported openstandards through several organizations, including the OGC, in which he represented Autodesk at Technical Committeemeetings. Geoff is a frequent speaker at major geospatial industry eventsaround the world.
Returning to the OGC board are: Philippe Delclaux, Steve Hagan, JeffreyHarris, Mike Jackson, Michael Jones, Sanjay Kumar, Vanessa Lawrence, JacquelineMcGlade, Jack Pellicci, Jeff Peters, Kevin Pomfret, Francois Robida, VeluSinha, Christopher Tucker, and Rob van de Velde.
Two OGC staff members, Jeff Burnett and Mark Reichardt, are members ofthe Board by appointment.
Jeffrey Harris, Chairman of the OGC Board of Directors,said, “We are delighted that Walter Scott, Geoff Zeiss and Chris Holmes havejoined our Board. Their expertise and comprehensive understanding of geospatialtechnologies will allow the OGC Board to anticipate and address the needs ofthe consortium in this dynamic, global, interoperable marketplace. It's important for our Board to have intimateknowledge about the markets we serve. We look forward to Chris, Walter andGeoff's leadership as members of the OGC Board.”
The OGC Board and staff thank Dr. John Curlander and John Olesak fortheir valuable service as they depart the Board. The Board and staff and thewhole OGC community mourn the passing of Board member Stefano Morisi, who died 13January 2013.
About the OGC
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 480companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universitiesparticipating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatialstandards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that”geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, andmainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatialinformation and services accessible and useful with any application that needsto be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.