OGC’s 95th Technical Committee/Planning Committee Meetings to be held 1-5 June in Boulder, CO

14 May 2015 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) invites attendance at the  June 2015 OGC Technical Committee Meeting be held at UCAR/NCAR Center Green in Boulder, Colorado 1 June to 5 June, 2015. In addition to a rich agenda of Working Group meetings and special events, there will be a dinner reception and  Gardels Award announcement on Wednesday evening at the NCAR/UCAR Mesa Laboratory. 

The week’s special events include the final OGC Testbed 11 Demonstration plus: a Point Cloud Ad Hoc meeting, a Geospatial/BIM/Indoor Location Workshop (“GIS BIM” in the  TC agenda), a Water Data Summit, and a GeoSemantics Summit. 

  • Monday, 1 June – Point Cloud ad hoc meeting: In recent months there has been a growing interest from the OGC membership and the global geospatial community in the  interoperability of point cloud data, including LIDAR. In response, the OGC has scheduled a Point Cloud ad hoc meeting on this topic.  The meeting will take place on 1 June from 1300-1445 Mountain / 1900-2045 UTC, and is open to the public. Remote access to the ad hoc meeting will be provided. An initial agenda for this meeting and remote access details are posted at:   https://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/63241.

  • Tuesday, 2 June – Geospatial/BIM/Indoor Workshop: This workshop will focus on developing a work programme to bridge gaps between geospatial, BIM (building information model) and Indoor Location technologies. Work from standards bodies such as OGC, ISO/TC 59 (Buildings and civil engineering works) and buildingSMART International will be presented. Following these presentations, there will be discussion about how the organizations might  work together to demonstrate data flows and use cases connecting these domains. This topic will also be discussed in the OGC CityGML Standards Work Group (SWG), 3DIM Domain Working Group (DWG), LandInfra DWG and in a planned Indoor/Infrastructure/City ad hoc DWG.

  • Wednesday, 3 June –  OGC Water Data Summit: This summit is intended to stimulate engagement in development of tools and policies for the U.S.  Open Water Data Initiative (OWDI). The Open Water Data Initiative will integrate currently fragmented water information into a connected, national water data framework and leverage existing systems, infrastructure and tools to underpin innovation, modeling, data sharing, and solution development.

  • Wednesday, 3 June – GeoSemantics Summit: The  GeoSemantics: Standards Intersect Ontologies summit, hosted by the OGC GeoSemantics Domain Working Group, is focused on bringing the informal linked data and formal ontology worlds closer together in the geospatial standards development process. Participants will share knowledge, present examples, and address issues involving geospatial ontologies.

  • Thursday, 4 June 2015 – Testbed 11 Demonstration: The OGC will demonstrate the results of the  eleventh OGC Interoperability Testbed. Testbed 11 supports national climate-change preparedness by focusing on ways in which open standards support cross-community interoperability, urban-climate resilience (preparation for impacts of climate change), and secure exchange of spatial information in the context of the US National Information Exchange Model NIEM.

OGC  Domain Working Groups and  Standards Working Groups will meet to discuss exciting work in areas such as Agriculture (see the recently announced Soil Data Interoperability Experiment), GeoSemantics, sensor integration (see recently announced  IMIS IoT Pilot Project), and hydrological informatics (see OGC WaterML2.0 part 2 - Ratings Gaugings & Sections Standard). 

Those seeking to attend special events (except the GeoSemantics summit) must register for the OGC Technical Committee Meeting and pay the registration fee. Then they must also register for each of the special events they want to attend, so that we know how many attendees to accommodate. There is, however, no additional fee for any of the special events. The GeoSemantics: Standards Intersect Ontologies Summit requires special event registration, but a Technical Committee Meeting registration is not required and there is no fee for attending this Summit. (Registration for this or any of the other special events does not authorize attendance at other Technical Committee sessions.) 

For agenda, details and registration, see the  June 2015 OGC TC/PC meetings page. 

The OGC is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

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