[OGC Press Release] Best practice makes perfect with Open Geospatial Standards

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Fri Jan 19 17:11:17 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


British Geological Survey Offices, Nottingham, UK - Following the
recent successful UK Geospatial Mash-Up meeting, the Association For
Geographic Information (AGI), The British Computer Society (BCS) and
the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) have teamed up again to promote
and discuss the 'business case' for using open geospatial standards.

Bill Hatton, programme manager of The British Geological Survey's
Information Systems explained the importance of the event: "Effective
use of geographical data underpins many critical business and
governmental decisions and strategies. All too often what is perceived
to be the most cost effective application of geographic information
and processing systems doesn't take into account open spatial
standards and the reduction of technology life cycle costs."

Professor Mike Jackson, Chair of the OGC UK-Ireland Forum added, "This
workshop brings together outstanding expertise from Government
agencies, integrators and vendors on the deployment of interoperable
geographic and location-based services".

Delegates will be invited to hear a wide ranging set of topics from an
international set of speakers, including Michael Gould, Andy Coote,
Thorben Hansen, Ed Parsons, Carl Reed, Steven Feldman, Eamon Walsh,
and Tim Duffy. A number of system and product demonstrations will be
shown by the speakers and a limited number of exhibitors.

The seminar is aimed at all decision makers and managers who face
decisions about employing geospatial technologies. It will describe
how to achieve interoperability across technologies, how to
future-proof your investments and how to employ best-practice for
optimal results. For further information see
http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/070125seminar, or
http://geospatial.bcs.org/site/, or

The event will be held on Thursday 25th January 2007, 0930-1530 at the
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham. See
http://bgs.ac.uk/contacts/sites/keyworth/kwhome.html for directions.

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.

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is a
multidisciplinary organisation dedicated to the advancement of the use
of geographically related information. It covers all interest groups
including UK local and central government, utilities, academia, system
and service vendors, consultancy and industry. It aims to increase
awareness of the benefits brought about by the new technology, and
assist practitioners in the attainment of these benefits.

The British Computer Society (BCS) established in 1957, is the leading
body for those working in IT in the UK. With a world-wide membership
now over 50,000 members in over 100 countries, BCS is the qualifying
body for Chartered IT Professionals (CITP). BCS was incorporated by
Royal Charter in 1984. Its objects are to promote the study and
practice of computing and to advance knowledge of and education in IT
for the benefit of the public. BCS is also a registered charity. BCS
is licensed by the Engineering Council to award Chartered Engineer
status (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer status (IEng); and more
recently by the Science Council to award Chartered Scientist status

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