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OGC workshops at the INSPIRE Conference 2011


Lance McKee
Senior Staff Writer
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
lmckee [at]
Phone: +1 508 752 0108

Release Date: 
24 June 2011

24 June 2011 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announced that OGC staff and members will be involved in three workshops at the INSPIRE Conference 2011.

Workshop 1: What is Interoperability and How Do We Measure It? Monday 27th June, 14:00-18:00, has been organized by Stefano Nativi (IMAA_CNR) and Siri Jodha Khalsa (NSIDC). Steven Ramage, an Executive Director from the OGC will participate in this afternoon workshop with a talk, "Beyond interoperability: What does interoperability enable?" Steven and Joan Masó (UAB-CREAF) will also participate in a panel session on measuring interoperability.

Workshop 2: "INSPIRE and open standards for sustainable growth," Tuesday 28th June, 9:00-10:30, will be moderated by OGC staff, Steven Ramage and Athina Trakas, Director of European Services. There will be presentations on

  • OGC Programs, Process & Procedures
(Athina Trakas, OGC)
  • OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) and INSPIRE Annex II and III datasets
    (Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen)
  • INSPIRE Discovery, View and Download Services (Roberto Lucchi, Esri)
  • Beyond service interfaces - OGC encoding standards in INSPIRE: GML and SLD/SE (Clemens Portele, interactive instruments)
  • Handling INSPIRE data themes with WMS and WFS and INSPIRE CSW with the deegree Free and Open Source Software (Martin Seiler, lat/lon)
  • Access to INSPIRE data through OGC and ISO compliant services: OGC WMS, WMTS, WFS and CS-W (Alina Kmiecik, Intergraph).

Workshop 2 will also include Ignite sessions (short presentations) from R3 GIS (Peter Hopfgartner, Free GIS Project), and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Tomas Mildorf, Plan4all Project).

Workshop 3: SDI Workshop: ESDIN Lessons, Tuesday 28th June, 11:00 – 12:30, organized by Arnulf Christl (metaspatial), an independent consultant and formerly ESDIN Technical Coordinator, and Athina Trakas from the OGC. During the workshop the participants will have the chance to access ESDIN services with their own software or use Web-based geoportals to create ideas for applications or simply play around to discover the potential of the services.

During the ESDIN project, which was managed by EuroGeographics, National Mapping and Cadastre Agencies (NMCAs) from European Member States set up several dozen INSPIRE View and Download services. ESDIN ended in February 2011, but the consortium partners agreed to continue the operation of the services to serve as a Best Practice Network, enabling developers to explore new ideas and test new components. In ESDIN a multi-faceted architecture was designed to accommodate the needs of a very diverse set of users. This architecture will eventually be the foundation for the authoritative European Location Framework, which will be a valuable and important asset for emerging semantics in a resource oriented architecture.

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 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