[OGC Press Release] OGC Forms Aviation Working Group

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Thu Apr 8 16:59:26 EDT 2010

For information about this announcement, contact:

Lance McKee
Outreach Consultant
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-508-655-5858
outreach at opengeospatial.org


April 8, 2010, Wayland, Massachusetts.  The Open Geospatial
Consortium, Inc. (OGC(R)) announces the formation of an Aviation
Domain Working Group (DWG) (
www.opengeospatial.org/projects/groups/aviationdwg ). The
Aviation DWG will support the evaluation, advancement, operational use
and validation of OGC standards within the Aviation domain. The
Aviation DWG will contribute towards increasing global adoption of OGC
standards and complementary standards and coordinate the technical
input, when required, to support profiling or extending those
standards to meet the requirements of the Aviation community.

The Aviation DWG will complement ongoing and planned aviation-related
initiatives and organizations (such as the Network Centric Operations
Industry Consortium (NCOIC) Aviation Integrated Project Team (IPT)),
seeking synergies in technical guidance and problem definition. The
Aviation DWG will also liaise, as needed, with various OGC working
groups such as the Meteorology and Oceanography, Security, and
Geography Markup Language (GML) Working Groups.

A key market driver for forming the Aviation DWG is that EUROCONTROL
and the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) have System Wide
Information Management (SWIM) initiatives under development that will
result in a unified net-centric information environment. This
information environment will make it possible for pilots, air traffic
controllers and other aviation stakeholders to get information from
multiple Web services and from linked Web services that communicate
with each other. Aircraft location and route information, weather
information, and most other kinds of aviation-related information
include geospatial data, so these aviation authorities have included
OGC's geospatial interface and encoding standards in their shared
standards platform.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 390 companies,
government agencies, research organizations, and universities
participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available
geospatial standards. OGC Standards support interoperable solutions
that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and
mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make
geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any
application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC
website at   http://www.opengeospatial.org.

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