[OGC Press Release] OGC Interoperability Demo Planned for Interoperability 2004

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Thu Oct 14 15:30:03 EST 2004

For information about this announcement, contact:

Sam Bacharach
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-703-352-3938
sbacharach at opengeospatial.org


October 14, 2004, Wayland, Massachusetts. The Open Geospatial
Consortium (OGC) (formerly the Open GIS Consortium), announced that it
will conduct live, multi-vendor demonstrations of Web-based
geoprocessing interoperability at "Interoperability 2004 --
Integrating process, organization, systems." This conference,
organized by the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement
(IDGA) will be held October 20 - 21, 2004 in Washington, DC.

The demonstrations will be part of a Wednesday, October 20 workshop
titled, "Net Centric Interoperability for Multi-Source Integration and
Application." A standards-based interoperability framework for
geospatial data and Web-based geoprocessing services is of critical
importance to the advancement of NCES, Horizontal Fusion initiatives,
and other critical DoD and homeland security objectives. OGC's
framework, the product of a decade-long, global industry effort, has
been tested and broadly implemented in the geospatial technology
marketplace. It allows critical planning and operational functions to
be accomplished across a variety of computing platforms, networks and

At this workshop, an OGC member panel led by OGC's president, Mark
Reichardt, along with several OGC member representatives will explain
the framework and conduct live demonstrations of its capabilities on
the Web. Demonstrations will emphasize the framework's ability to:

-- Perform multi-source discovery, access and integration of
geospatial information sources from around the world and across
different platforms, operating systems, computer languages, etc., to
form a user-defined common operational picture.

-- Task, access, integrate, and apply information from geolocated
sensors and sensor networks through standards that transform sensors
into a network ready resource.

-- Integrate functionality and data into custom geospatial
intelligence applications.

-- Leverage Web-based development tools, application servers,
messaging protocols, security infrastructure, workflow definitions,

Panelists include: Dr. Mike Botts, Earth System Science Center, GHCC –
NSSTC, University of Alabama in Huntsville; Mark DesRoches, MapInfo
Corporation; Chuck Heazel, OGC; Ron Lake, Galdos Systems, Inc.; Barry
O'Rourke, Compusult Limited; and Chris Tucker, Ionic Enterprise.

The OGC is an international voluntary consensus standards organization
of more than 250 companies, government agencies and universities
participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
geoprocessing interface specifications. OGC's Specifications support
interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and
location-based services, and mainstream IT.

The Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) has
established itself as a non-partisan information-based organization
dedicated to the promotion of innovative ideas in public service and
defense. We bring together speaker panels comprised of military and
government professionals while attracting delegates with
decision-making power from military, government and defense


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