OGC Standards an Overview Tutorial

A tutorial by George Percivall, OGC Chief Architect

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  • Monday,November 8, 2010. 09:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Hosted by the Center of Earth Observationand Digital Earth (CEODE), Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Location: National Astronomical Observatories, 20A Datun Road (CAS Olympic Campus), Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
  • CEODE information page for the tutorial

This tutorial provides an overview of standards from the Open GeospatialConsortium (OGC) and their use in the multiple application domains. The OGC is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization. 

The core mission of the OGC is to develop standards that enable interoperability and seamless integration of geospatial information, geoprocessing software, andgeospatial services. Geospatial information, software and services encompass geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, surveying and mapping,navigation, location based services, access to geospatial databases, sensorwebs, and other geospatial technologies and information sources.

Geospatial technologies play an important role in business, government, and researchapplications and workflows. However, the benefits of using these technologiesare often limited by the inability to effectively share information. To addressthis problem, more than 400 government, private sector, and academicorganizations use the OGC consensus process to cooperatively define, develop,test, document, validate and approve interface and encoding standards and bestpractices that solve interoperability problems.

George Percivall is OGC's Chief Architect and Executive Director of the OGCInteroperability Program. Prior tojoining OGC, he was Principal Engineer in NASA's Digital Earth Office,represented NASA in CEOS and was Chief Engineer of the Earth Observing SystemData and Information System (EOSDIS) for the Landsat/Terra release. He has been editor and contributor to standards from ISO TC211 and the OGC.