Open Geospatial Consortium
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) and OSGeo are distinctive organizations with individual goals and visions. This page describes the OGC, an organization dedicated to developing Standards for the geospatial realm.
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 346 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.
Realization of the full societal, economic and scientific benefits of integrating electronic location resources into commercial and institutional processes worldwide.
To serve as a global forum for the collaboration of developers and users of spatial data products and services, and to advance the development of international standards for geospatial interoperability. Strategic Goals:
- Goal 1 - Provide free and openly available standards to the market, tangible value to Members, and measurable benefits to users.
- Goal 2 - Lead worldwide in the creation and establishment of standards that allow geospatial content and services to be seamlessly integrated into business and civic processes, the spatial web and enterprise computing.
- Goal 3 - Facilitate the adoption of open, spatially enabled reference architectures in enterprise environments worldwide.
- Goal 4 - Advance standards in support of the formation of new and innovative markets and applications for geospatial technologies.
- Goal 5 - Accelerate market assimilation of interoperability research through collaborative consortium processes.
The OGC operates several web sites, portals and Wikis, each with specific access regulations:
- The main web site gives access to all public standards.
- Internal documents can be accessed through the portal
- On the inside the OGC is structured into Standard Working Groups (SWG). Members of the OGC can opt into SWG to contribute to the work. Due to patent regulations the work in the SWG is limited to members of the group. All standards are publicly published for a period of comments.