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Technical Papers

Technical Papers are OGC member-approved publications released to the Public that present a position on one or more technical considerations. They often include a high-level explanation of a standards-based architecture or framework of a solution. Technical Papers explain the results or conclusions of research and explore their applicability to an operational environment. A Technical Paper is not an official position of the OGC.

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ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics


Scope: Standardization in the field of digital geographic information.

This work aims to establish a structured set of standards for information concerning objects or phenomena that are directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the Earth.

These standards may specify, for geographic information, methods, tools and services for data management (including definition and description), acquiring, processing, analyzing, accessing, presenting and transferring such data in digital/electronic form between different users, systems and locations.

The work shall link to appropriate standards for information technology and data where possible, and provide a framework for the development of sector-specific applications using geographic data.

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Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA)


There are a number of new and ongoing strategic initiatives GITA is focused on, including the newly formed partnership with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC). Together we are creating a program of jointly supported educational and market development activities designed to benefit the members of both organizations and the geospatial community as a whole. Some of the recent and upcoming activities include an interoperability Webcast held in December 2001, contributions to industry magazines and international conference programming on interoperability, OGC's upcoming demonstrations of interoperability and related panel discussions at our Annual Conference in Tampa, FL, a jointly sponsored Emerging Technology Summit scheduled for Fall of 2002, joint interoperability research initiatives to identify technology and business trends and requirements involving OGC's "test beds" and coordination with other organizations and associations, such as the Spatial Technology Industry Association and the Federal Geographic Data Committee in furthering interoperability across the industry and user community.

This partnership is allowing for both organizations to enhance their ability to meet the expanding needs of a growing community of geospatial information users.

Bob Samborski Executive Director GITA

ComCARE Emergency Response Alliance


The ComCARE Alliance is a broad-based not-for-profit national coalition of 100 organizations representing nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, 9-1-1 directors, emergency managers, transportation officials, wireless, technology and transportation companies, public safety and health officials, law enforcement groups, automotive companies, consumer organizations, telematics suppliers, safety groups, and others. We are working to encourage the development and deployment of life saving communications technologies that will enhance America's emergency response capabilities. Perhaps most important, we encourage and facilitate cooperation across professional, jurisdictional and geographic lines, seeking to break down the walls that separate us and limit our effectiveness.