The OGC works in the complex and specialized area of software engineering that concerns itself with the attributes and geometries of features and phenomena on or near the Earth's surface, and with the many kinds of digital processing employed to make this data useful. To enable efficient and precise communication, every specialty, including this one, has its own special terms and special definitions of ordinary words. Facilitating agreement on definitions of geospatial technology terms - for the sake of "semantic interoperability" - is appropriately part of OGC's mission.
Special Interest Groups (SIG) provide a forum for the discussion of business and technology interoperability requirements for given geographic region or information community.
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Revision Working Groups (RWG) are responsible for managing the update and maintenance (revision) process for specific Implementation Specifications. Voting is restricted to designated persons.
Domain Working Groups (DWG or WG) provide a forum for discussion of key interoperability requirements and issues, discussion and review of implementation specifications, and presentations on key technology areas relevant to solving geospatial interoperability issues.
A Subcommittee is a standing group (organizationally, a subgroup of the Technical Committee or the Planning Committee) of individuals composed of members of the TC or PC and Invited Guests, with a mission to provide recommendations to the TC or PC in some general area. A Subcommittee does not generate a Standard nor do they work on a Standard.
The OGC Planning Committee is granted authority to operate by the OGC Bylaws. Principal Membership is provided for organizations that wish to participate in the planning and management of the Consortium's technology development process.
To organize a SIG to define organizational and business approaches relating to European members' issues that have significance for the development and implementation of a community-wide OpenGIS architecture, and to stimulate the further growth of the European GI market.