[OGC Press Release] Univ. of Nottingham Creates Center with OGC Interoperability Focus

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Tue Aug 30 14:38:05 EST 2005

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Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
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Wayland, MA, August 30, 2005 - OGC announced that the University of
Nottingham is establishing a new multidisciplinary, post-graduate
research center focusing on geospatial interoperability. The Centre
for Geospatial Science (CGS) will work closely with OGC in advancing
research in geospatial interoperability, geo-intelligence and mobile
location-based services. CGS will work with other research centers in
helping to shape the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC’s) longer-term
research objectives as well as providing technical and management
related OGC training.

In April the University of Nottingham provided funding in excess of
£1m for the establishment of the center, which will also undertake
sponsored research and joint programs with industry and government. In
April, Mike Jackson, a member of the OGC Board of Directors since
2001, was appointed Professor of Geospatial Science. He currently
serves as director of CGS, and was previously Director of the Space
Division at QinetiQ.

Based jointly within the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space
Geodesy and the School of Geography, the new Centre has links with
Computer Science and other departments. The Centre will soon have a
research team of 12 post-doctoral and post-graduate researchers plus
support staff.

David Schell, Chairman of OGC, who has an appointment as Special
Professor at CGS, said, "We are very pleased to see an organization
like CGS established at one of Europe’s leading geospatial research
institutes. With its focus on Internet-based geospatial technologies
and the open standards that support them, CGS is positioned to play a
critical role in an important and rapidly growing technology sector."

Prof. Jackson explained that, "We believe it is important for research
scientists to play an active role in formalizing ’interoperable
geoprocessing’ as an academic discipline. The two remaining positions
to be filled at CGS this year will be focused in the area of
geospatial architecture, which relates directly to the standards
development work of the consortium."

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 280
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

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