1Spatial to lead OGC Data Quality Working Group

1Spatial to lead OGC Data Quality Working Group


Cambridge, UK, 5 January 2007 – 1Spatial (formerly known as Laser-Scan) has announced that their Product Director, Graham Stickler, has been chosen to Chair a new Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Working Group on Data Quality.

A motion has been unanimously passed at the OGC Technical Committee Meeting in San Diego, California, to create a Working Group (WG) with specific focus on spatial data quality. Graham Stickler of 1Spatial was elected Chair of this WG, with Patrick Cunningham, President of Blue Marble Geographics as the Vice-Chair.

The Charter of this WG is to attempt to establish how data quality can be both defined and communicated, using standards to help in the reuse of spatial data and in the creation and management of spatial data infrastructures. Full details of the OGC, and of this working group are available on the OGC website at www.opengeospatial.org.

Mike Sanderson, CEO, 1Spatial commented, “I am really excited about this development. In the late 90s we were heavily involved in the OGC Technical Committee that defined topology in the GML specifications. I was delighted that our return to the TC forum with this set of concepts was greeted with such enthusiasm. We have not been inactive in our standards approach in the intervening years either. We have pursued interoperability standards with vigour. This included playing a leading role in text orientation definition with Autodesk, MapInfo, Intergraph and Oracle. We have no doubt that enterprise users require effective, standard, predictable data quality. Those users increasingly want to use spatial data throughout their information systems. As with the interoperability initiative we are seeking practical solutions. There is a lot of work to do to take the relevant ISO standards and make them relevant to spatial data quality. The provision of measures will go a long way to allowing spatial users to apply a rigorous framework to establishing business benefits in repurposing data.”

– About 1Spatial
1Spatial, formerly known as Laser-Scan, has 35 years of experience in providing operational solutions to organisations with large spatial databases. It specialises in enabling spatial data to be part of cooperative infrastructures. For more info visit: www.1spatial.com