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[OGC Press Release] OGC Project to Advance Geo-Interoperability for Sustainable Development

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Fri, 29 Mar 2002 16:29:34 -0500


OGC Project to Advance Geo-Interoperability for Sustainable

Wayland, MA, USA, March 29, 2002. The Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
(OGC) today announced a Request For Quotation and Call For
Participation in the Geospatial Information for Sustainable
Development Initial Capability Pilot (GISD-ICP). In collaboration
with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID), OGC is providing cost-sharing
funds to partially offset expenses of technology providers who
participate in this first of a series of projects to help make geographic
information more accessible and useful to decision makers working on
sustainable development problems.

Sustainable development, like many other activities that require
sharing of geographic information, is hampered by the lack of
interoperability between types of geoprocessing systems, vendor
brands, data sources, and computing platforms. Diverse collections of
data relevant to sustainable development in Africa are stored at the
local, national and international levels in different vendor formats, and
are available via multiple web sites and portals. But it is difficult for a
researcher or practitioner to efficiently discover, access, retrieve and
apply data of interest without considerable effort to visit multiple web
sites, conduct many different queries, download files, reconcile
different vendor formats and bring all the data into the same Spatial
Reference System so that the information can be used.

This project will result in a limited but operational framework of
interoperable clients and servers operating as a single network and
enabling data sharing by transparent communication among
Standardized Commercial Off the Shelf (SCOTS) software products
with interoperability interfaces based on OpenGISŪ Specifications
from OGC.

Interested organizations should contact Mr. Jeff Harrison, Executive
Director, OGC Interoperability Program, by telephone at (703) 628-
8655, or by e-mail at jharrison@opengis.org.

OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 230
companies, government agencies and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop publicly available interface
specifications. OpenGIS Specifications support interoperable solutions
that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and
mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to
make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful
with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at