The Open GIS Consortium has announced that Autodesk has become the first Principal Plus level OGC member. Autodesk’s decision to participate at this new level underscores its commitment to geospatial interoperability, the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) industry, and the OGC. Autodesk has been an OGC member since 1994 and has been involved in several of its programs, including the recent OGC Web Services Initiative.
Principal Plus members take a more active role in shaping the direction of the Consortium’s technology specification activities and in encouraging the use and acceptance of OpenGISÒ specifications worldwide. In addition to the responsibilities of Principal Members, Principal Plus members dedicate resources directly to OGC programs. Autodesk has committed resources in support of OGC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI), a new approach to helping organizations publish, discover, access, exchange, and maintain vital geospatial information and online geoprocessing services required to support local and national safety.