[OGC Press Release] OGC Joins W3C to Help Add Geospatial to the Web

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Wed Jan 17 15:33:56 EST 2007

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, January 17, 2007 – The Open Geospatial Consortium® (OGC)
recently became a member of the World Wide Web Consortium, (W3C,
http://www.w3.org/) a standards organization that develops
interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and
tools) to lead the Web to its full potential.

The OGC is participating in a W3C incubator activity focusing on
semantic geospatial issues. W3C Incubator Activities facilitate rapid
development, on a time scale of a year or less, of new Web-related
concepts. The semantic geospatial activity or Geospatial XG
(http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/geo/) is sponsored by W3C members
OGC, SRI International, University of Southern California Information
Sciences Institute (USC ISI), Stanford University and Oracle and is
chaired by Traverse Technology's Joshua Lieberman.

As an initial goal the Geospatial XG is working to develop a W3C
"Note" based on GeoRSS version 1. This will result in a W3C Web page
describing GeoRSS in the context of both W3C standards such as XML,
HTML, and OWL; and OGC's relevant work, such as the OGC Abstract
Specifications and Geography Markup Language (GML).

The OGC and the W3C seek to collaboratively add geospatial
functionality to the emerging Semantic Web in a manner that is
consistent with existing and future OGC standards.. OGC standards are
the product of a successful 12-year open, international, and
consensus-driven effort to overcome obstacles to geospatial

Interested parties are invited to participate in the Geospatial XG
public mailing list
(http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xg-geo/). OGC's members
are also invited to provide input on W3C issues via the OGC W3C
Liaison, Raj Singh (rsingh at opengeospatial.org).

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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