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Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM)

In March, 2007 the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) membership approved the Geospatial Digital Rights Management Reference Model (GeoDRM RM), an abstract specification for the management of digital rights in the area of geospatial data and services. The GeoDRM RM is Topic 18 of the OpenGIS® Abstract Specification.

The goal of the GeoDRM effort in the OGC is to make sure that a larger market has access to geospatial resources through a well understood and common mechanism that enables more than today's "all or nothing" protection. A major motivation for this effort is the need to manage the "ownership obstacle to data sharing" in spatial data infrastructure scenarios.

How OGC Membership Helps Organizations Involved in Homeland Security

Since 9/11, it has become much more obvious that federal, state and local agencies must depend on each other to fulfill their complementary missions in times of crisis as well as in ordinary times. Sharing geospatial information is critical in such cooperation, and standards enable the interoperability that makes information sharing possible.

In 2004, the Geospatial Information Office (GIS) in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) CIO office developed an enterprise architecture view for the department's IT modernization blueprint. As reported in GCN (http://www.gcn.com/print/23_17/26481-1.html), Ryan Cast, the DHS's geospatial information officer, said that an interagency task force had determined how geospatial information applies to each layer of the architecture. "We were able to identify 67 out of 77 homeland security business activities that have a geospatial context," Cast said. "The DHS EA team will integrate our information into the overall architecture."

Mass Market Geospatial

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.

OGC Web Services - Phase 4 (OWS-4) Demo


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.

Point of Contact: 

George Percivall


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)

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Monday, 2007-04-16
Wednesday, 2007-04-18

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