Open GIS Consortium (OGC)

(Following from the OGC web site Corporate Brochure Page 1)
The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is a membership organization dedicated to the development of open system approaches to geoprocessing. By means of its consensus building and technology development activities, OGC has had a significant impact on the global geodata and geoprocessing standards community, and has successfully promoted a vision of OpenGIS™ technologies that integrate geoprocessing with the distributed architectures of enterprise and Internet computing.

OGC recognizes that new technologies drive the evolution of new business models. By means of an open and formal consensus process, OGC is creating the OpenGIS™ Specification, an unprecedented software specification which is a necessary prerequisite for geoprocessing interoperability.  Through meetings, promotional activities, publications, and the network it nurtures, OGC also educates the industry and promotes development partnerships, business alliances, and market demand for new geotechnology-based products and services. OGC’s diverse membership reflects its significance to key application markets such as telecommunications, transportation,  environmental management, defense, and urban information systems.

Although OpenGIS specifications are not designed to meet instructional needs in particular, the inclusion of functional geoprocessing components in instructional materials points at the need to ensure that GIS educators who are developing interoperable education materials consider these new geoprocessing specifications during their materials development.

Like IMS, OGC provides a proven model for the development of community-wide specifications.  Certainly an Education SIG in OGC would provide a vehicle for discussions of geoprocessing interoperability as it applies to education, however, the need for such domain specific geoprocessing specifications is not clear.  On the other hand, there are some education needs which relate to OpenGIS.  Merging interoperable educational services (from IMS) with interoperable GI services (from OGC) seems doable NOW. Interoperability in education is pretty much the same across domains, and GIS interoperability is not different for educational purposes. But in order to make products appear, both sides need to be aware of each other, provide input to IMS metadata definitions or OGC topics, and explore/define business models.

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