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The OGC elects Sanjay Kumar to board of directors

Steven Ramage
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
sramage [at]
Phone: +47 9862 6865
Release Date: 
23 June 2011

23 June 2011.  Sanjay Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of GIS Development, was recently elected to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) board of directors.

Sanjay Kumar is Chief Executive Officer of GIS Development, a leading geospatial media company in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Pursuing his belief in the importance of the geospatial industry, he has been working towards raising the awareness and profile of the industry through political and administrative leadership worldwide, and working to connect the geospatial industry with other important industries. He actively collaborates with global geospatial organisations and is publisher of Geospatial World magazine and founder of the Map World Forum, a global geospatial industry event. Mr. Kumar has also been associated with many geospatial professional societies and served as Chair of ISPRS WG VI-4 on distance learning from 2000-2004. He is founding Secretary of the Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) of India and is a member of the National Task Force on Evolving Geospatial Strategy, Government of India. He was the 2010 chair of the OGC Global Advisory Council.

David Schell, Chairman of the OGC Board of Directors, said, “No one has done more than Sanjay Kumar to introduce modern, networked geospatial technologies into the operations of Asian institutions. He has a keen understanding of the benefits of interoperability for organizations of all kinds, and he works tirelessly to help the industry advance in ways that benefit developing nations. He is eminently qualified to enlighten and support the OGC in its understanding of Asian requirements and we are very pleased to have him on the OGC board of directors."

Sanjay Kumar said, “The OGC has contributed significantly towards developing an open and interoperable environment amongst technologies associated with the geospatial industry. The OGC has also pursued initiatives for developing interoperability between geospatial data and technologies and the data and technologies associated with other important industry segments such as architecture, utilities, climate change and so on. It is a great privilege to join the elite group of geospatial thinkers and leaders on the OGC Board and work with them to help bring these technologies to their fullest potential.”

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 415 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC 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