[OGC Press Release] OGC announces Invitation to Qualify for Interoperability Program "IP Team"

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Wed Dec 20 12:16:40 EST 2006

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


Wayland, MA, December 20, 2006 - The Open Geospatial Consortium Inc.
(OGC®) has posted an OGC "Invitation to Qualify" (ITQ) for the OGC
Interoperability Program (OGC IP) Pool
[http://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=14559]. The
purpose of this invitation is to solicit companies, universities, and
independent consultants who wish to pre-qualify to be part of future
Open Geospatial Consortium Interoperability Program Team (IP Team)
activities. IP Team members for future initiatives, including the
OGC’s 2007 OGC Web Services test bed, OWS-5, will be selected from the
IP Pool.

The IP Team is an engineering and management team that oversees and
coordinates the OGC Interoperability Program’s Interoperability
Initiatives, which include test beds, pilot projects and
interoperability experiments. The IP Team facilitates architectural
discussions, synopsizes technology threads, and supports the
specification editorial process. The IP Team is comprised of OGC
staff, representatives from member organizations, and OGC consultants.
Consultants are selected as IP Team Members in accordance with the
process defined in the OGC IP Team Invitation to Qualify (ITQ).

The OGC IP is a global, innovative, collaborative, hands-on
engineering and testing program designed to deliver proven, tested
specifications into the OGC Specification Development Program. Through
collaborative engineering efforts, the OGC IP produces and tests
Candidate Implementation Specifications for geoprocessing
interoperability; develops prototype interoperable infrastructures
based on those specifications; and demonstrates the utility and
functionality of these specifications in the context of specific
exemplary applications.

To be considered for OGC Initiatives in 2007, responses to the ITQ
must be received before 31 January, 2007.

Contact George Percivall at gpercivall at opengeospatial.org for further

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 335
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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