US: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invited all geospatial or location technology users, providers and consultants to participate in a survey about the value of standards for interoperability and data sharing.
The survey is a joint effort by two academic researchers who are OGC members and by the OGC Business Value Committee. Dr. Mu Xia at Santa Clara University and Dr. Kexin Zhao at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte developed the survey based on requirements from the OGC Business Value Committee to support their studies on standards effectiveness. The OGC Business Value Committee will use a summary of the results to help the OGC better understand the value of the OGC’s open standards and improve its programs for geospatial standards development, compliance testing and outreach.
The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Individual responses will be seen only by the researchers and OGC staff. The researchers will summarise the data gathered from the survey, removing all references to individual responses and make the summary available to OGC Business Value Committee members. An executive summary will be provided to survey respondents.
The researchers have prepared two versions of the online survey. Technology users can participate in survey at https://uncc.surveyshare.com/s/AQAIJDC. Similarly, technology providers (a vendor or a system integrator or a consultant) can participate at https://uncc.surveyshare.com/s/AQAIZBC.
The survey period is November 1 to December 18, 2011. Prizes will be awarded at random to three individuals who complete the survey. The first person whose name will be randomly picked after the survey will receive an iPad 2(16GB, WiFi), the second will receive an iPod Touch (8GB, 4th Generation) and the third will receive a set of Bose AE2 headphones.