[OGC Press Release] OGC(R) and TDWG Biodiversity Information Standards will Collaborate on Joint Standards

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Thu Dec 14 14:39:55 EST 2006


PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

Walter Berendsohn
Chair, TDWG Biodiversity Information Standards
w.berendsohn at bgbm.org

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Wayland, Mass., December 14, 2006 - The Open Geospatial Consortium,
Inc. (OGC) and the international body for Biodiversity Information
Standards (TDWG) signed a memorandum of understanding to work together
on standards to promote dissemination of information about biological
organisms and the diversity of life on earth.

Mark Reichardt, President of the OGC explained, "The OGC is pleased to
have the opportunity to work with the TDWG to develop profiles and
schemas of OGC standards based on the TDWG's international framework
for representation of biological organisms. It is through
organizations such as the TDWG that scientific information communities
gain maximum benefit from the industry standards developed in the
OGC."

The TDWG and the OGC will collaborate in the development of profiles
and schemas of OGC standards such as the Geography Markup Language
(GML) and TDWG standards for representation of location of biological
specimens, organisms and their distributions, communities, movements,
etc. Joint activities may involve testbeds and interoperability
experiments on the spatial representation of biodiversity. The two
groups will also collaborate on outreach.

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 335
companies, government agencies, research organizations, 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 http://www.opengeospatial.org.

Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG: http://www.tdwg.org) is a
not for profit scientific and educational association, affiliated with
the International Union of Biological Sciences. TDWG formed to
establish international collaboration among biological databases. TDWG
now develops standards that promote the wider and more effective
dissemination of information about the world's heritage of biological
organisms for the benefit of the world at large.

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