Helping to Standardize the Geospatial Community with the OGC

Have you ever gone to another country and needed a plug adapter for your electronics? It can be frustrating when things don’t fit properly. Standards play a vital role in our world today and this also holds true in the domain of geospatial data. As we continue to realize how location plays a part in almost all aspects of our lives, the need to be able to share vital data becomes more apparent. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) was founded on this foundation.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of over 515 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.

In 1994, Intergraph became a founding member of the OGC and Hexagon Geospatial continues that tradition. Proud of our role as the first commercial Principal member, we are committed to active involvement in the OGC. We serve in the Planning Committee, Technical Committee, and Ideas4OGC Leadership team. In the past, we served on the Board of Directors.

OGC, at its core, is made up of Working Groups – some discuss domain requirements (Domain Working Groups) and some work on the actual creation/maintenance of standards (Standards Working Groups). Hexagon Geospatial continues to be involved in (and chairing) several of these groups including:

  • 20160621_094036Defense and Intelligence DWG
  • Law Enforcement & Public Safety DWG
  • Point Cloud DWG (Chair)
  • Energy and Utilities DWG
  • Web Map Service (WMS) SWG
  • Web Feature Service (WFS) SWG
  • Web Processing Service (WPS) SWG (Co-Chair)
  • Energy & Utilities DWG
  • Mobile Location Services DWG
  • Workflow DWG (Chair)
  • GeoPackage SWG
  • OWS Context SWG
  • Architecture DWG
  • Many others

In particular, Stan Tillman (the OGC representative for Intergraph/Hexagon Geospatial), is actively working to bring a RESTful interface to the Web Processing Standard (WPS) 2.0 standard to promote analytic processing through open standards. He is also chairing Point Cloud DWG and the effort to bring the LAS point cloud format into the OGC as a community standard.

The OGC conducts business through teleconferences throughout the year. They also hold 4 meetings a year hosted by members in various areas of the world to discuss issues and work face-to-face on standards activities. These meetings are very busy, lasting all day and containing 4 concurrent sessions. Stan recently attended the Technical Committee meetings in Dublin Ireland.

In September, the 100th meeting of the Technical Committee meets in Orlando, Florida, with a full agenda. As a founding member and the first Commercial member, this milestone is one in which Intergraph and the Hexagon family can be proud of as we continue our tradition as innovators and forward thinkers in the geospatial industry.

What is the OGC?

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