[OGC Press Release] Ingo Simonis receives OGC's Gardels Award

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Mon Oct 4 10:06:12 EDT 2010

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October 4, 2010. On September 22, in Toulouse, France at the OGC's
12th annual Kenneth D. Gardels Award Ceremony, OGC director Philippe
Delclaux of EADS/Astrium presented the Gardels Award to Ingo Simonis.
The Gardels Award, a gold medallion, is awarded to individuals who
have made an outstanding contribution to advance OGC's vision of
geographic information fully integrated into the world's information

Ingo Simonis, co-founder and principal of the International Geospatial
Services Institute (iGSI) GmbH, has been an active participant in the
OGC Technical Committee since 2001 and has been a key player in the
design, development and promotion of the OGC's Sensor Web Enablement
(SWE) standards. Ingo co-founded and is Community Lead for
52°North, a German open source software company that has developed
the primary open source software available for SWE services. This
software has contributed significantly to uptake of SWE standards
globally. In addition to software development and business management,
Simonis advises PhD candidates, participates in dissertation reviews
on SWE-related topics and presents at conferences around the world.

"Ingo Simonis's success is richly deserved," noted Vanessa Lawrence,
Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Ordnance Survey Great
Britain. "He exemplifies the kind of results that are possible when
open standards are developed in an inclusive international process
that involves industry, government and academia. OGC members from the
UK, France and Germany have played a leadership role in establishing
OGC's position at the forefront of managing geographic information,
not only for sensor webs but also in the fields of Geo Rights
Management, urban 3D models (CityGML) and Security. European funded
research projects, such as Orchestra, have contributed to this

François Robida, Deputy Head of Information Systems and
Technologies Division at BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques
et Minières), said, "Monitoring and reporting on the
environment in Europe requires the integration of a multitude of data
coming from a variety of sensors. Those sensors are part of different
networks owned and managed by many stakeholders from all the member
states. Without standards for accessing the information for these
sensors, much effort is wasted in data conversion and management. The
same rule applies to the understanding of climate change, at a global
scale. The achievements of European researchers in standardization are
therefore useful for European initiatives (such as INSPIRE or SEIS)
but also applied internationally. Ingo has played a major role in
these efforts."

The Gardels Award is given annually in memory of Kenneth Gardels, a
founding director of OGC and OGC's former director of academic
programs. Mr. Gardels coined the term "Open GIS," and devoted his life
to the humane and democratic uses of geographic information systems.
He died in 1999. The Gardels award has become the most prestigious
award in the geospatial technology world. The nomination committee for
the award is comprised of the 15 prior recipients of the award,
several founders of the OGC Technical Committee, and leading
scientists from Canada, Australia, Germany and the US. The community
from which the selection is made comprises hundreds of the world's
leading geospatial information technology experts.

For the first time, in Toulouse this year the OGC's Board of Directors
met at the same venue with the Consortium's Technical and Planning
Committees. The meeting was sponsored by Principal Member EADS/Astrium
and French government agencies BRGM, IGN France (National Geographic
Institute) and Météo France. European members now
comprise the largest world region membership group in the OGC, and six
leading European geospatial professionals from industry, government
and academia hold leadership positions on the OGC board of directors.

About the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®)

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 395
companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly
available geospatial standards. OGC Standards empower technology
developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and
useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.
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