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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.


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