[OGC Press Release] OGC Standards Officially Endorsed by Federal Geographic Data Committee

OGC Press announce at opengeospatial.org
Tue Oct 12 15:00:20 EDT 2010

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Steven Ramage
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Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
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12 October 2010. The US Federal Geographic Data Committee (
http://www.fgdc.gov ) (FGDC) Steering Committee
has officially endorsed a group of OGC standards along with other
standards developed externally to FGDC. These standards play an
important role in enabling interoperability as part of the Geospatial
Platform for GeoOneStop, place-based initiatives, and other potential
future programs of the FGDC.

The Steering Committee endorsed standards (
) from the OGC, ISO TC211 and ANSI (INCITS L1) standards development

"OGC's interface and encoding standards are an essential part of the
National Spatial Data Infrastructure. They play a key role in
providing technical interoperability among geospatial systems used at
all levels of government," said Ivan DeLoatch, Executive Director of
the FGDC. "We encourage government agencies to include these
standards, as well as FGDC's data standards, in the language of
software and data procurement documents."

The FGDC Standards Working Group will revisit the list every year as
part of its standards life-cycle management activities.

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an interagency
committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and
dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis. This nationwide
data publishing effort is known as the   National Spatial Data
Infrastructure [http://www.fgdc.gov/nsdi/nsdi.html]  (NSDI). The NSDI
is a physical, organizational, and virtual network designed to enable
the development and sharing of this nation's digital geographic
information resources. FGDC activities are administered through the
FGDC Secretariat, hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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 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/contact.

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