France: OGC director Philippe Delclaux of EADS/Astrium presented the Gardels Award to Ingo Simonis in Toulouse, France at the OGC’s 12th annual Kenneth D. Gardels Award Ceremony. The Award, a gold medallion, is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to advance OGC’s vision of geographic information fully integrated into the world’s information systems.
Ingo Simonis, co-founder and principal of the International Geospatial Services Institute (iGSI) GmbH, has been an active participant in the OGC Technical Committee since 2001 and has been a key player in the design, development and promotion of the OGC’s Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards. Ingo co-founded and is Community Lead for 52°North, a German open source software company that has developed the primary open source software available for SWE services. This software has contributed significantly to uptake of SWE standards globally.
Vanessa Lawrence, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, said, ” Ingo Simonis exemplifies the kind of results that are possible when open standards are developed in an inclusive international process that involves industry, government and academia. OGC members from the UK, France and Germany have played a leadership role in establishing OGC’s position at the forefront of managing geographic information, not only for sensor webs but also in the fields of Geo Rights Management, urban 3D models (CityGML) and Security. European funded research projects, such as Orchestra, have contributed to this progress.”
François Robida, Deputy Head of Information Systems and Technologies Division at BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières), said, “Monitoring and reporting on the environment in Europe requires the integration of a multitude of data coming from a variety of sensors. Those sensors are part of different networks owned and managed by many stakeholders from all the member states. Without standards for accessing the information for these sensors, much effort is wasted in data conversion and management. The same rule applies to the understanding of climate change, at a global scale. The achievements of European researchers in standardisation are therefore useful for European initiatives (such as INSPIRE or SEIS) but also applied internationally. Ingo has played a major role in these efforts.”
The Gardels Award is given annually in memory of Kenneth Gardels, a founding director of OGC and OGC’s former director of academic programmes. Gardels coined the term “Open GIS,” and devoted his life to the humane and democratic uses of GIS. He died in 1999.