This is the main page for OGC GovFuture public content.

View  Die OGC Mitgliedschaft für die öffentliche Verwaltung, a German language document describing GovFuture.

Partly through technical interoperability enabled by OGC standards, location and geospatial information have become an integral part of the information environment for people working in local and subnational (county, province, district etc.) governments worldwide. Ubiquitous location and geospatial information offer governments unprecedented capabilities, but this progress also poses new challenges in areas such as privacy, security and data rights management, and in readjusting workflows and institutional arrangements.

The OGC created GovFuture to help decision-makers in local and subnational governments understand and benefit from the application and use of open standards. This membership level is focused on applying and using OGC standards, not developing them. It is affordable: $200 for local governments, $500 for subnational governments, with discounts for local and subnational governments in countries with lower per capita income.

This special OGC program provides:

  • Forums for peer-to-peer networking
  • Quarterly webinars with technology providers and advanced technology users
  • Access to members-only OGC documents, some prepared specifically for GovFuture members
  • Attendance at OGC meetings, networking with a global community of users and providers

GovFuture membership can help local and subnational governments:

  • Address fiscal constraints, sustainability, and the need for improved communication across government jurisdictions.
  • See how location technologies are converging – through open standards – with other digital technologies to help cities manage transportation, water supply, sanitation, public safety, public health, zoning, energy, growth and economic development.
  • Learn how other localities deal with procurement policies, data quality, privacy, public release of information, information reuse and calls for more open, efficient and effective governance.  
  • Access vendor resources, guidance from peers, and open source options. 
  • Learn how to explain the value of standards to get support. 

The value of SDIs (spatial data infrastructures) is evident in everything from disaster and risk management to emergency response and municipal operations. SDIs depend on interoperability, which is what standards provide. OGC standards help maximize the return on past, present and future technology and information investments. Elected and appointed officials who understand the business value of interoperability need to be able to articulate this value to gain budget support and cooperation. Geospatial information has different values for citizens, consumers, governments and businesses. GovFuture helps SDI advocates describe the multiple values of spatial awareness and geospatial data to these different constituencies. 

The resources listed below, plus participation in OGC meetings and forums, offer a uniquely efficient and effective way to anticipate technical advances and discover new best practices and policy guidance for government use and management of geospatial technologies and information.
Getting started: OGC GovFuture members are encouraged to skim through The Tao of OGC and Our process and your input. While skimming, keep in mind that less technical member representatives, representing important user communities, have always played a key role in the OGC by providing user requirements and real world perspectives. GovFuture is more about planning and policy than it is about technical nuts and bolts. The US National Geospatial Advisory Council recently published a short document, "Best Practices for Local Government Geospatial Programs," that provides a good introduction to geospatial planning and policy at the local and subnational level.     

Join the OGC GovFuture mailing list. (OGC members only)
Visit the OGC GovFuture member portal page. (OGC members only) 
OGC Network "Learn" pages and the OGC Press page. These pages provide a rich library of articles, columns, news, slide presentations, videos, OGC documents and forum discussions.
OGC's Alliance Partners. The OGC serves many stakeholder groups whose shared interests in geospatial interoperability are served by our liaisons with Alliance Partner organizations. Also, the OGC collaborates with other standards organizations to ensure that global information and communication technology standards use common geospatial service interfaces and data encodings.
OGC government initiatives. Most of the OGC Interoperability Program's testbeds, pilot projects and interoperability experiments are sponsored by government organizations with an interest in cross-boundary communication of geospatial information.
Endorsements. We invite you to offer a testimonial explaining how OGC standards have benefited the work of your organization.
   OGC Global Advisory Council
   OGC Government Special Interest Group (Gov SIG)
   OGC Spatial Law & Policy Committee
   OGC Business Value Committee
   OGC Domain Working Groups
   OGC World Region forums
Market domain summaries
   Web pages
   Printable pamphlets
OGC Compliant Products and "OGC Implementing Products". Governments have much to gain from specifying "OGC certified" compliance to particular standards in their information technology procurements. 
Events. Watch OGC's Events list for GovFuture Webinars.