The OGC: International Location Standards
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What is the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) ?
The OGC is a not for profit, international voluntary consensus standards organization. The core mission of the OGC is to develop standards that enable interoperability and seamless integration of spatial information, processing software, and spatial services. Spatial information and processing encompass geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, surveying and mapping, navigation, location based services, access to spatial databases, sensor webs, and other spatial technologies and information sources.
Geospatial information and processing play an important role in business, government, research applications and workflows. However, the benefits of using spatial information and services are often limited by the inability to effectively share information between different vendors' solutions and different types of systems. In the OGC's consensus process, about 410 government, private sector, and academic organizations cooperatively define, develop, test, document, validate and approve interface and encoding standards that overcome the interoperability problems.
Specific interoperability requirements are brought into the OGC process by government agencies, vendors, universities, and integrators working on behalf of their customers. Organizations pool their interoperability requirements and arrange incentives for technology providers to work together to make their systems work together. Sometimes technology developers submit interoperability requirements to meet anticipated needs in the marketplace.
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