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The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)


CIESIN's mission is to provide access to and enhance the use of information worldwide, advancing understanding of human interactions in the environment and serving the needs of science and public and private decision making.

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) was established in 1989 as an independent non-governmental organization to provide information that would help scientists, decision-makers, and the public better understand the changing relationship between human beings and the environment. In 1998, CIESIN became a center within Columbia University's Earth Institute. From its offices at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus in Palisades, New York, CIESIN continues to focus on applying state-of-the-art information technology to pressing interdisciplinary data, information, and research problems related to human interactions in the environment.

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Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE)


The Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe (AGILE) was established in early 1998 to promote academic teaching and research on GIS at the European level and to ensure the continuation of the networking activities that have emerged as a result of the EGIS Conferences and the European Science Foundation GISDATA Scientific Programmes. AGILE seeks to ensure that the views of the geographic information teaching and research community are fully represented in the discussions that take place on future European research agendas and it also provides a permanent scientific forum where geographic information researchers can meet and exchange ideas and experiences at the European level.

Activities of AGILE are managed by a 8 person council elected by its members. Its main tasks are to develop an organisational structure to realise the goals stated above, to further develop with the help of the members a European research agenda, to initiate and stimulate working groups, and to organise a yearly GI-conference.

The mission of AGILE is: To promote academic teaching and research on Geographic Information Science by representing the interests of those involved in GI-teaching and research at the national and the European level, and the continuation and extension of existing networking activities.

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OGC Web Services, Phase 3 (OWS-3) Demo


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.

Point of Contact: 

George Percivall


OGC Web Services, Phase 3 (OWS-3) was an Interoperability Initiative that advanced OGC technology in the following areas:

  • Common Architecture
  • OGC Location Services (OpenLS)
  • Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)
  • Geo-Decision Support Services (GeoDSS)
  • Geo-Digital Rights Management (GeoDRM)
  • The IEEE 1451™ and OASIS Common alerting Protocol (CAP) standards were used in OWS-3

OGC Plugfest

The First-Ever OGC Plugfest

The First-Ever OGC Plugfest was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 in Southampton, UK in connection with the 50th OGC Technical Committee Meeting. This plugfest concentrated on testing interoperability between clients and servers that are intended to comply with Web Map Service 1.1.1 and Web Feature Service 1.0. Only OGC members who are actually testing interoperability wiere able to attend this event. Please read on to learn how to participate in future OGC Plugfests.

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