[OGC Press Release] OGC Announces Small Company Commercial Membership

OGC Press Release announce at opengis.org
Mon Mar 1 15:12:17 EST 2004


                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information about this announcement, contact:
Mark E. Reichardt
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open GIS Consortium, Inc.
tel: +1-301-840-1361
mreichardt at opengis.org
                                                                                                     
 
                                                                                                     
 
OGC Announces Small Company Commercial Membership
                                                                                                     
 
Wayland, MA, March 1, 2004. The Open GIS Consortium (OGC)
announced a new membership category, the Small Company
Commercial Membership. This membership category is designed to
make it easier for small companies to be involved in the OGC standards
process.
                                                                                                     
 
To qualify for the Small Company Commercial Membership, companies
must provide OGC with documentation showing that their annual
revenue is less than US$500,000. The annual membership fee for Small
Company Commercial Membership is US$2,000. The fee for standard
Associate Membership, for companies with higher revenues, is
US$4,000.
                                                                                                     
 
Small Company Commercial Members are granted non-voting
participation in the Technical Committee and have full access to all the
ongoing work of the OGC. They can participate in the working groups,
special interest groups, and subcommittees of the OGC Technical
Committee. Current Associate Members who may qualify for Small
Company Commercial Membership will be able to take advantage of the
new membership level upon their next renewal.
                                                                                                     
 
Jeff Burnett, Chief Operating Officer of OGC, said, "The Small Company
Commercial Membership represents an excellent value for small
companies. Participating in working groups, special interest groups and
sub-committees of the Technical Committee gives companies
exceptional opportunities to develop knowledge, to establish contacts
amongst our 250+ members, and to participate in the specification
development process. We look forward in particular to participation by
the smaller solution providers who are beginning to integrate OGC-
compliant spatial components into the information systems of their
government and corporate customers."
                                                                                                     
 
OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 250
companies, government agencies and universities participating in a
consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications.
OpenGIS(R) 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 http://www.opengis.org.
                                                                                                     
 
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