[OGC Press Release] Australian Spatial Interoperability Project Wins Award

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Fri Feb 3 17:22:37 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, Mass., February 3, 2006 - The Open Geospatial Consortium,
Inc. (OGC) announced that OGC Australasia (OGC-A), an OGC subsidiary,
sponsored the award winning Spatial Interoperability Demonstration
Project (SIDP), a collaborative initiative between the public and
private sectors of the Australian Spatial Information Industry. The
effort received the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA)
Research and Innovation Award at the APSEA dinner on 24 September
2005. The APSEA Awards celebrate the finest achievements of spatial
information enterprise and professionalism in that region of the

SIDP was a collaborative initiative between the Australian Spatial
Information Business Association (ASIBA) and OGC-A. The project was
funded under the AusIndustry Innovation Access Program, with
additional in-kind support provided by private sector companies and
government agencies. The project brought together thirty government
and non-government organizations to agree on and implement a common
architecture for spatial interoperability based on open, international
standards. It presented live demonstrations based on real scenarios in
a nation-wide workshop series. By showing how spatial technology adds
value in the emergency management, insurance and utilities sectors, it
demonstrated the importance of providing on-demand geospatial services
based on standards-implementing commercial products.

Rob Starling from OGC-A received the highly prized ASIBA Chairman's
Award for his outstanding contribution to the Australian Spatial
Information Industry.

The OGC(R) is an international industry consortium of more than 300
companies, government agencies, research organizations, 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.opengeospatial.org.

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