Webinars and Virtual Events

Monday, 21 September 2020 09:00 EDT

This series of workshops - approximately one per day for two weeks - will bring together experts in browser development, Web standards, and Web mapping client tools & applications to explore the potential of standardized maps for the Web. The series will form a virtual meeting of developers, cartographers, policy makers, and other people with a stake in the future of Web standards relating to the display and use of maps on the Web.

Thursday, 1 October 2020 20:00 EDT

This event is part of a series of webinars in collaboration with Australia's Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

In this session, OGC's head of standards, Scott Simmons, will share how OGC is evolving its standards baseline for accessing geospatial/location information via the OGC APIs. The OGC API family of standards is being developed to make it easy to provide geospatial data to the web. They build on the OGC Web Service standards (WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS, etc) but define resource-centric APIs that take advantage of modern web development practices. 

If you have an application or a use case that requires integration of geospatial/location information, this is your opportunity to learn about the latest, simplest and most interoperable way to do that! 

‘New Space’ is a paradigm driven by a combination of technology and market advances such as rocket launches, small satellites, orbital planes, evolving sensors, and ground infrastructures. With this in mind, the location community must have a platform for understanding the impacts of New Space on standards, data integration and decision making. Join OGC and EARSC for a two-day session from a global perspective revolving around impacts, dynamics, and standards in New Space that highlights these new technologies, the information powering them, and how they are integrated. 

Thursday, 5 November 2020 20:00 EST

This event is part of a series of webinars in collaboration with Australia's Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

This session builds on the last 3 sessions of this series to showcase specific examples of OGC-based applications and activities in Australia and New Zealand. This session will be a collaboration between OGC staff and members from Australia and New Zealand highlighting the region's leadership in the geospatial field, the business value for interoperability and the unique use cases/challenges faced. 

If you need to be inspired about the power of location, interoperability and collaboration, come listen to the impact stories in this session and ask away any questions about lessons learned and future guidance!

Past Webinars and Virtual Events

September 2020 OGC Member Meeting - Virtual

Sunday, 13 September, 2020 - 20:00
Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 20:00

Come and join us for the 116th OGC Member Meeting meeting. This will be an amazing week with a broad range of meetings and topics being discussed. You don't have to be an OGC member to attend an OGC meeting. While some meetings will be member only, many are open to anyone to attend and new voices are always welcome. This OGC Member Meeting will be held virtually.  For additional information,  visit OGCMeet

Friday, 11 September 2020 06:00 EDT

The OGC UK Ireland Forum is an informal group of people and organizations in the UK and the Republic of Ireland that are interested in OGC Standards and Innovation. It is open to any organization (not just OGC Members!) located wholly or in part in the UK or Ireland. 
The next OGC UK & Ireland forum will be held virtually on Friday 11th September between 1100-1300 BST.  The theme of the meeting will be “Open standards – why do they matter?”  The meeting will consist of two halves: the first one with invited speakers from the UK standards community and the second half with members’ contributions of 5 minute duration.  
Speaking slots are available.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020 10:00 EDT

You are invited to a webinar to launch an OGC Questionnaire on Commissioning Geospatial Research. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 9th September, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT / 2:00 PM UTC / 3:00 PM BST. The webinar will present a questionnaire that has been prepared by OGC, Ordnance Survey and KU Leuven staff on behalf of the OGC University DWG to facilitate collection of feedback about practices on the commissioning of geospatial PhD research across the globe. OGC would like to better understand the methodologies, mechanisms, challenges and opportunities that organisations go through when they commission geospatial PhD research. The results will be presented to the OGC Technical Committee and will inform academia, government and private sector organisations about opportunities for commissioning geospatial PhD research. The questionnaire will close on 31 December 2020.

FAA SWIM Discovery Service (SDS) Technical Review Workshop

Wednesday, 9 September 2020 08:00 EDT
Wednesday, 9 September 2020 11:00 EDT

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invite participants to the SWIM Discovery Service (SDS) Technical Review Workshop, to be held virtually on September 9, 2020. This 3-hour community workshop is being used by the FAA to solicit feedback from the OGC technical community on the FAA SDS Implementation Specification.

The workshop will afford attendees an opportunity to provide and review technical feedback regarding the new SDS specification directly with the FAA SWIM team. Participants are requested to relay feedback on the spec's design and modeling, expected ease of implementation by developers, and scalability at a global level.


The SDS specification describes the enabling technologies and practices that support service discovery among independently developed and autonomously managed discovery mechanisms. The specification is designed to work specifically to improve service discovery across SWIM environments and to improve inter-SWIM interoperability discovery.

Service discovery is a critical success factor for the overall usability of a service. If a potential service consumer is unable to find a service, then a shared information environment like SWIM fails to achieve its purpose. At its most general level, service discovery is a process of locating information about services that may meet service consumer business needs.

Who Should Respond?

  • Members of the OGC Aviation Domain Working Group.
  • Representatives of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), such as developers, modelers, implementers, technical managers, or members of their SWIM teams.
  • Software developers/technical managers from non-Aviation domains who have encountered similar use cases in their environments.

Why Respond?

This is a great opportunity for the community to gain insights into what the FAA will be using to expose its own SWIM registry and services to the world. As such, it’s also an opportunity to inject lessons learned from other domains and/or your own experience to accelerate the development of the specification and its uptake at a global level. You will get to influence inter-SWIM service discovery amongst ANSPs and improve global SWIM interoperability. Outcomes of the workshop will be documented in the form of an OGC Engineering Report. The final report will be publicly available once released by the OGC Committees.

How to Respond

OGC members and non-members alike are invited to contribute. International representation is strongly encouraged from Europe, Canada, and the APAC region.

Please register with  Scott Serich [sserich [at] ogc.org]  no later than September 2, providing by email the following information (please do not exceed 2 pages):

  • Name of organization.
  • Point of contact and contact information.
  • Type of organization (ANSP, product provider, application provider, etc).
  • Industry (Aviation, Environmental, Earth Observation, multiple) and your experience in service discovery.
  • Initial comments on the SDS:
    • Does the architecture describe the right behavior, information and resource models?
    • Are the interface requirements adequate for service discovery across SWIMs?
    • Are the security requirements sufficiently stated?
    • Does this model align with your experience with service discovery as designed and implemented in other domains?
    • What would you recommend changing before this specification is implemented?
    • Do you have any feedback with regard to ease of implementation, interoperability and scalability of the specification?
    • Optional: comments may be included in a copy of the SDS Implementation Spec   Comments and Resolutions form.

For questions and feedback, reach out to Scott Serich [sserich [at] ogc.org] with the subject “FAA SDS Spec Workshop”.

Webinar Information: 
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invite participants to the SWIM Discovery Service (SDS) Technical Review Workshop, to be held virtually on September 9, 2020. This 3-hour community workshop is being used by the FAA to solicit feedback from the OGC technical community on the FAA SDS Implementation Specification. The workshop will afford attendees an opportunity to provide and review technical feedback regarding the new SDS specification directly with the FAA SWIM team. Participants are requested to relay feedback on the spec's design and modeling, expected ease of implementation by developers, and scalability at a global level. 
Tuesday, 8 September 2020 10:00 EDT

With the volume of EO data now growing at a rate measured in the order of petabytes, transporting or transferring the data from the data provider(s) out to the end user is no longer feasible.  As such, OGC has been working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to further ESA’s “EO Exploitation Platforms” initiative. This initiative aims at achieving a paradigm shift from “bring the data to the user” (users download data to a local machine or data store) to “bring the user to the data” (move user exploitation to hosted environments with co-located computing and storage). 

This webinar aims to present to EO application developers and EO platform operators the work that has been undertaken by OGC, ESA, and Natural Resources Canada. Implementers will share experiences and lessons learned on how to best exploit Big EO data stores and how to enable externally developed applications as additional services on EO platforms.

SSSI/OGC Webinar Series: OGC Geospatial Trends - Guiding the future of location

Thursday, 3 September 2020 20:00 EDT

This event is part of a series of webinars in collaboration with Australia's Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

In this session, OGC's CTO, George Percivall, will share what the OGC community is doing to track the latest tech innovations and forecast their impacts on the geospatial field.  The session will present some findings from OGC's latest Tech Trends report to enable you to inform your organization's strategy using trusted technology forecasting, identify new areas of research and potential strategic partnerships, and to plan your technology direction. 

If you need a glimpse of what the future holds for location tech trends, this is the talk for you!

Thursday, 3 September 2020 04:45 EDT

On 2-3 September the URBIS Smart City Fair will be organised in Brno, Czech Republic, mainly delivered by the City of Brno, a Fellow City in Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Project RUGGEDISED. At the same time and in a hybrid format (both online and in Brno), the EIP-SCC will host its yearly General Assembly.  OGC's president, Bart De Lathouwer, will share his views as OGC president and Espresso coordinator in the session – Digital Transition of Cities and Communities – What is next in the post-Covid era? organised in partnership with DG CNECT virtually (3 September, 10:50 to 12.15).

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 11:00 EDT

Join our community of experts for an upcoming series of webinars highlighting recent achievements and findings across OGC's working groups.  From standards to domain-oriented innovations, the OGC community is actively working to make location information Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). This webinar series will focus on a few of OGC's Domain and Standards working groups as a precursor to our upcoming June Members meeting. Not an OGC member? Join now. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 10:00 EDT

The global weather sector is undergoing revolutionary change. With major advancements in sensing, data collection and analytics via new satellite, in-situ and airborne observations,   Industry contributions to observations and analytics important to weather prediction is increasing rapidly, and are outpacing  government-owned and operated capabilities.  

Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:00 EDT

The OGC USA Forum brings together thought leaders from across the United States to collaborate and brief out to the world how location information is evolving across the nation. The forum will highlight how organizations are innovating to improve the benefits and quality of geospatial information not just in North America, but across the globe.

SSSI/OGC Webinar Series: Meet the OGC Leadership

Thursday, 6 August 2020 20:00 EDT

This event is part of a series of webinars in collaboration with Australia's Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)

The CEO, Dr. Nadine Alameh, and her leadership team will be online for the first session sharing how OGC is evolving to better serve an increasingly connected world where location has become ubiquitous and while our problems have become more complex. The OGC team will share highlights of OGC's activities as an international standards organization for geospatial information, as a hub for thought leadership and innovation, and as a neutral forum for communities to tackle our ever increasing interoperability challenges. 

The team will take questions from the audience. Always had a query but never had the chance to ask? Now is your chance! 

Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:00 EDT

This OGC Member Portal Training Webinar will provide you with introductory guidance on how to gain access to OGC’s portal, an online tool used to connect and empower our global community of location experts. This 1 hour guided tour will show you how to manage your membership, explain the difference between Standards Working Groups and Domain Working Groups (SWGs and DWGs), and will feature a Q&A session with our staff. This webinar will be recorded and available on our website.

Monday, 27 July 2020 (All day)

OGC is conducting a virtual workshop over 5 days in July 2020 to provide an opportunity for hands-on evaluation of technologies and draft specifications that facilitate ad hoc processing and analysis of large-scale observational datasets on cloud computing platforms “close to the data”. The workshop will be a collaborative effort between OGC members participating in the EOS thread of Testbed-16 and those engaged in the EOApps Pilot activity.

Friday, 17 July 2020 07:00 EDT

The concept of smart cities is widely touted, yet little consensus exists on its definition or implementation. Many technologies are available, yet no single solution has emerged that can be applied to all cities around the world.

To understand better the technologies available as well as some of the best practices underway, IEC SyC Smart Cities is hosting its first virtual workshop to discuss the sustainable digital transformation of cities. The workshop will focus on disruptive technologies and how standards can be used to support the roll-out and implementation of these technologies.

Friday, 10 July 2020 13:30 EDT

The American Geographical Society (AGS) is leading the national and international conversation on the ethical use of geospatial technology and location tracking during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. With a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, we are building on our EthicalGEO initiative, and convening a series of Blue-Ribbon Panels and Leadership Spotlights to advance the dialogue, and frame the discussion, on the impact of mobile location technology on society and governance. Our Blue-Ribbon Panels and Leadership Spotlights, consisting of leading experts from the United States and around the world, will discuss the effects of these technologies on all of us including our most vulnerable populations during COVID-19, and beyond.