[OGC Press Release] Steven Ramage joins Open Geospatial Consortium

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Tue May 4 13:14:08 EDT 2010

For information about this announcement, contact:

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


Wayland, MA, USA, 4th May 2010. The Open Geospatial Consortium
(OGC®) has appointed Steven Ramage as Executive Director,
Marketing and Communications.

OGC is an international voluntary consensus standards body that works
extensively with organisations across the globe to ensure the
interoperability of geospatial software applications, systems and
services so that they 'just work' for end users. This not-for-profit
organization brings support to a vast range of geospatial software and
services where digital geographic information underpins business and
societal activities. Current OGC focus areas include climate change,
defence planning, disaster management, emergency response,
location-based services, national security, property planning,
transport scheduling and more.

In this new role at OGC, Steven is responsible for the planning and
execution of a broad range of marketing, communications and education
program activities to raise awareness and increase application of OGC
standards by technology providers and users worldwide. His activities
include encouraging membership participation in OGC programs, as well
as sponsorship.

Over the last 15 years, Steven has worked in a variety of
organisations in the geospatial industry including Oceonics (now part
of Fugro), Navteq (now part of Nokia) and most recently 1Spatial. He
has been working on market development for all of these organisations
across a number of industry sectors, including business-to-business,
business-to-consumer, government, transportation and utilities. His
experience includes industry aspects ranging from precise satellite
positioning to digital mapping, and most recently, geospatial data
integration and quality control software and services with 1Spatial.

Reporting to Mark Reichardt, the President and Chief Executive Officer
of OGC, and working with OGC staff, board, membership and partner
organizations, Steven is responsible for planning, budgeting and
executing corporate programs. These are designed to promote adoption
of OGC standards by developers and users worldwide and to encourage
participation in OGC membership and collaborative testbed and related
program activities.

Mark Reichardt commented, "The caliber of people who applied for this
position was very high, so we were very pleased that Steven agreed to
come on board with the Consortium. Steven brings with him an excellent
level of industry expertise, market insight, communication skills and
technology understanding that will be a key asset to the Consortium.
Steven recognizes the need to improve and extend education about OGC
processes and the practical aspects of implementation, and this will
be one of his major areas of priority."

Steven Ramage added, "There is a massive opportunity for geospatial
data, applications and services to be widely accepted in everyday use.
The adoption has started in a number of areas, but we are only
experiencing a small percentage of what will undoubtedly be one of the
largest growth industries worldwide. The OGC's ability to provide
standards that facilitate this growth creates exciting opportunities
for us all."

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/.
See   http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/organization/staff/sramage
for a photo of Steven Ramage.

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