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10 More Days to Register for OGC Spatial Law and Policy Summit!

Sam Bacharach Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc tel: +1-703-352-3938 sbacharach [at]
Release Date: 
24 September 2009

September 24, 2009. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) has a limited number of registrations available for the Spatial Law and Policy Summit that will be held at The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center on October 7, 2009. Professionals from government and the private sector whose work involves laws and policies related to geospatial technology are invited to register and attend.

The Summit will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Robert W. Corell, Vice President of Programs at The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment. Most noted for his role in climate science research, Dr. Corell served as a Senior Policy Fellow at the American Meteorological Society and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School. During his long tenure as Assistant Director for Geoscience at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Corell also served as Chair of the President's National Science and Technology Council's Committee for oversight of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Dr. Corell will draw from his current work as he explains how efforts to monitor and address global change have been limited by the lack of a legal and policy framework for spatial data. What challenges are faced because of the inherent differences in legal regimes at the international level? How important are concerns of "territorial integrity" to sovereign nations when considering monitoring regimes? Do cultural differences affect issues such as privacy, liability, and the sharing of spatial data? What organizations are best suited to make decisions regarding conflicts of law in these matters? What successes have there been in sharing of spatial data and what factors have contributed to such success?

Other distinguished speakers and panelists will include:

-- Gordon Chinander, GIS Coordinator for the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

-- Hugh N. Archer, former Director Kentucky Department of Natural Resources

-- Steve Wallach, Technical Executive, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Vice Chairman, U.S. National Geospatial Advisory Committee.

-- Kara John, Vice President - Intellectual Property & Privacy at DMTI Spatial Inc.

-- Jim Simon, Founding Director of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments

-- John Moeller, Senior Principal Engineer advising on senior level policy strategy at Northrop Grumman Corporation, also former Staff Director at the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

The Summit will be chaired by OGC Board of Directors Executive Committee member Kevin Pomfret, a Richmond, Virginia based attorney and former image analyst who has written and spoken extensively on spatial law and technology.

This event, the fifth in OGC's series of Emerging Technology Summits, provides an unprecedented opportunity to examine law and policy related to technologies such as GPS, GIS, camera surveillance, sensor networks and location services. Innovation and growth in consumer and business applications of geospatial systems, software and services raise serious questions of privacy, security, geospatial rights management, procurement regulations, and charging for government data. As the speakers will explain, in many cases, the existing legal and policy framework is inadequate to provide governments, businesses and consumers clear guidance on these issues.

To register, visit the Spatial Law and Policy Summit website at

The OGC(R) is an international consortium of more than 385 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. These standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.