The Columbia Earth Institute will host the upcoming Meeting of the Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) at the Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, February 4-9, 2002.
OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 225 companies, government agencies, non-government organizations and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing specifications that empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful in all types of applications.
The Earth Institute chose to host the meetings as the two organizations anticipate a close working relationship aimed at advancing the global information infrastructure to support multidisciplinary research for Earth science and sustainability. The Earth Institute is exploring ways of working with OGC over the long-term, including ways to expand the OGC network, as well as to advance geospatial interoperability in support of hazards and risk research, oceans and climate research, interoperability of research data and analytic software, and Earth and environmental data management and dissemination.
The OGC Meeting in New York will bring together a number of programs and institutions that are focused on fostering collaboration among various “communities,” in the scientific, public and private sectors.
The upcoming OGC Technical and Planning Committee proceedings will aim to advance OpenGIS® Specifications for public release. In addition, OGC will address several initiatives including a Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative, a Sustainable Development Initiative focusing on Africa, and the OGC Web Services Test Bed, where OGC members including Columbia’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network are working to address
geospatial interoperability issues identified by New York City officials during their response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.