Deriving Business Value from Geospatial Standards

In November 2007, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) asked editors from a number of online publications to help with an industry survey on data quality. This was possibly one of the largest industry surveys of its kind, eliciting more than 750 responses from across the world. The information provided was subsequently used for a conference white paper (INSPIRE Conference 2008) and to feed into the activities of the OGC Data Quality Working Group. Once again the OGC asks for your help, this time to help encourage government officials, policy makers, senior managers, as well as sales and marketing professionals from across the industry to attend a series of business meetings.

The invitation: In my new role as the Executive Director for Marketing and Communications at the OGC, I would like to invite professionals to attend a one-day business session at a TC/PC meeting. This invitation is open to OGC members and non-OGC members who want to learn more about the business value of geospatial technology. Silver Spring is the first such meeting and more one-day business sessions are planned for the OGC meetings in Toulouse, France in September and in Sydney, Australia in December 2010.

This OGC event, “Deriving business value from geospatial standards,” will take place on Thursday 17th June from 10am-1pm at the NOAA Silver Spring offices in Maryland. The event is part of the OGC’s quarterly Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings. You are invited to attend and learn more about the benefits of participating in this unique forum for independent, practical and forward thinking action in the field of international geospatial and location standards.

Here are some reasons why you should consider attendance at this meeting:
1. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss the drivers and issues in the geospatial sector, notably where standards play a role.
2. You can help drive and shape the inclusion of standards in policy.
3. You can contribute to industry-wide issues that span all continents.
4. You’ll contribute to the standards process and help determine business approaches for solving problems.
5. You need to consider the bottom line impact of not addressing standards within your own organization/community or for your customers.

There is no charge for attending this meeting. Please register here:

About OGC
The OGC® is a global, not-for-profit organization comprised of more than 395 companies, government agencies, research organizations and universities. They all participate in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards enable interoperability that provides business and societal value in disaster management, defense and intelligence, environment and natural resources, mass market services, sensor webs and many other domains of activity and technology. For an initial overview of the OGC please go here: