Standards and Interoperability
Standards contribute not only to interoperating information and systems, but also to efficiency of work and reduction of costs. They have to be open that everybody can access them and work with them.
Open Source software, in most cases, has the reputation to be fully compliant to open standards, contrary to proprietary software.
URSIT is investing in standards and their dissemination since we are convinced of the value of open standards. Therefore, we have become a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and work with them in South-East Europe. We are contributing to the European initiative INSPIRE. We provide training courses both on OGC standards and on INSPIRE and have published much information about INSPIRE in our web pages.
OGC, the Open Geospatial Consortium
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.® (OGC) is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services.
The OGC® is an international consortium of over 460 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.