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

OGC Press Release announce@opengis.org
Sat, 30 Mar 2002 11:50:33 -0500

For information about this announcement, contact:
Mark E. Reichardt
Director, Marketing and Public Sector Programs
Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
tel: +1-301-840-1361

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. The
RFQ/CFP documentation can be downloaded at

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.

For information on becoming a sponsor or participant in this
initiative, please contact Mark Reichardt of OGC at (301) 840-
1361 (mreichardt@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 www.opengis.org.