How OGC Membership Benefits Organizations in Mass Market Geospatial Value Chains
Open Geospatial Consortium Addresses the Mass-Market
If you take a leadership role in consumer Web service development and mainstream IT services and your organization’s business strategy includes geospatial functionality, then you should consider membership in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
You might join to advance and shape the outcome of GeoRSS (more on that below) for defining consumer service applications and mainstream IT. Or, you might join others to create standards that drop development costs and reduce time to market. Joining OGC makes good business sense and provides you with a capability to align an important standards effort with your own technology and business development strategies.
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OGC Web Services, Phase 4 (OWS-4) was an Interoperability Initiative that advanced OGC technology in the following areas:
- Sensor Web Enablement (SWE)
- Geo Processing Workflow (GPW)
- Geo-Decision Support Services (GeoDSS)
- Geo-Digital Rights Management (GeoDRM)
- CAD / GIS / BIM (GCB)
- OGC Location Services (OpenLS)
- Compliance Testing (CITE)
Join the OGC. Help Your Organization Address Geospatial Rights Management.
Virtually all public and private sector organizations that produce, publish and/or share geospatial data have a stake in the OGC's Geospatial Rights Management (GeoRM) effort. As standards based geoprocessing solutions are deployed throughout the world, the obstacles preventing greater use of geospatial data and services are increasingly policy related, not technical. GeoRM standards now under development in the OGC are a necessary prerequisite to overcoming many of these policy obstacles.
How OGC Membership Benefits Environmental and Natural Resources Research and Management Organizations
Nations, communities, regions and corporations face growing concerns related to sustainable management of water, waste, energy, pollution, forests, croplands, oceans and climate. Geospatial technologies already play a key role in research and management activities that address these concerns. Unfortunately, the prior limitations of these technologies have led to conditions and practices that constrain our thinking about how the technologies might be used now that those limitations no longer apply. "Stovepipes" of various kinds persist as obstacles to discovering and sharing geospatial data and geoprocessing services, even though such discovery and sharing is now a critical requirement.
The ability to rapidly share, integrate and apply geospatial information is critical to disaster management and risk management in all relevant industry domains: emergency services, civil protection, telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and finance, water supply, and healthcare.