The OGC Technical Committee returns to the UK for the first time in 15 years!

June 13, 2012 -- 1Spatial is proud to announce its participation in the forthcoming Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee (TC) meeting in Exeter from 18th-21st June, followed by the OGC and Association for Geographic Information (AGI) co-hosted Interoperability Day on 22nd June.

The TC meeting is returning to the UK for the first time since 1997, when the first TC held outside of North America was co-hosted by 1Spatial and GE Smallworld and supported by the AGI. This was also the first TC at which specifications were approved and adopted (Simple Features). There is still a press release on the OGC website (see:  http://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/227 ). Next week’s TC is being hosted by the Met Office and 1Spatial’s long-standing involvement in the OGC continues as it co-chairs both the Data Quality and GeoBI Working Groups.

Following the main TC meeting, the AGI and OGC are co-hosting an Interoperability Day on 22nd June, supported by 1Spatial. This will be of interest to anyone in the geocommunity, especially those who want to know more about what Open Government and international geospatial standards can offer them and their organisation.

If you are interested in standards policy and the EC INSPIRE Directive, or the recent UK Government consultation on Open Standards, there will be representation at the event from Central Government, Ordnance Survey Great Britain and the Met Office, amongst others. If you are more technically minded there will be a hands-on workshop where you’ll get the chance to try out OGC compliant web services and data feeds in open source software.

Dr Mike Sanderson, 1Spatial’s Strategy Director said:

“I am really pleased that UK companies have contributed to the standards movement over such a long period. Our involvement stems from the contributions made by Peter Woodsford and Mike Jackson and today 1Spatial is co-chair of the Data Quality and GeoBI domain working groups.  We are pleased to be supporting the Interoperability Day on June 22nd to reinforce the role standards play in movements like INSPIRE.”

For more information about these events, please visit the 1Spatial website at http://www.1spatial.com/events .



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