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There are two prominent programs within the OGC:
- Specification Program: In the OGC Specification Program the Technical Committee and Planning Committee work in a formal consensus process to arrive at approved (or "adopted") OpenGIS® Specifications. Learn abut the specifications that have been approved so far, and see the lists of products that implement these specifications.
- Interoperability Program: The OGC Interoperability Program is a series of hands-on engineering initiatives to accelerate the
OGC(R) standards are technical documents that detail interfaces or encodings. Software developers use these documents to build open interfaces and encodings into their products and services. These standards are the main "products" of the Open Geospatial Consortium and have been developed by the membership to address specific interoperability challenges. Ideally, when OGC standards are implemented in products or online services by two different software engineers working independently, the resulting components plug and play, that is, they work together without further debugging.
Early success of GIS led to a problem no vendor could solve alone
By the mid-1980s, geographic information system (GIS) software was heavily used in the natural resources and defense domains, especially within government agencies. Other market sectors, such as state and local government, civil engineering, transportation and business marketing were seriously exploring the technology. The future looked bright, but there were frustrations brewing among users.
The OGC has 4 core programs that enable us to innovate and deliver high quality standards for the geospatial community. These are:
In the OGC Standards Program the Technical Committee and Planning Committee work in a formal consensus process to arrive at approved (or "adopted") OGC® standards. Learn about the standards that have been approved so far, and see the lists of products that implement these standards.
From the outside the OGC may look like a whirlwind of activity. And, it is. But underlying all the committees, working groups, test beds and other OGC activities is a member-approved process that encourages collaboration among and between OGC members to define, document, and implement open standards that solve geospatial interoperability problems. The OGC exists to enable a fast, effective, inclusive, user-driven process to develop, test, demonstrate, and promote the use of geospatial information and services by using OGC® standards.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 501 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.