Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced it has awarded the first 20 among 100 available grants to qualifying organizations through the international Intergraph Open Interoperability Program, established to promote and emphasize the use of OpenGIS specifications from the geospatial industry standards body, the Open GIS Consortium. The program, valued at more than $5.5 million (U.S.), enables organizations to leverage disparate data from multiple sources – regardless of vendor brand, format or platform – to easily and dynamically publish data in open, industry-standard formats to the Web. Organizations maximize the reuse of spatial data while eliminating time-consuming data translation and reducing integration requirements and associated costs.. With the help of Intergraph’s technology, unlimited access through an open standards-based Web portal is provided, which saves time and cost delays. The program focuses on development and deployment of open standard spatial data infrastructures based on internationally accepted best practices. Grants awarded to organizations that want to increase public access to geospatial information, provide a national center for mapping excellence, develop a national spatial data infrastructure and increase access to critical spatial data help bring the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure organization’s goals for worldwide spatial data sharing closer to reality. Focusing on the development and deployment of compatible spatial data infrastructures based on internationally accepted best practices, grant recipients will benefit from expanded interoperability and improved communication enterprise wide. Organizations from all over the world are among the initial grant recipients, including:– National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, Philippines — Cartographic Institute of Catalonia, Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain– Multnomah County, USA — Matanuska-Susitna Borough, USA– Dallas County, USA — Jo Daviess County Government, USA– The National Coordinating Agency for Surveys and Mapping (BAKOSURTANAL),Indonesia– Royal Thai National Survey Department, Thailand — Geographic Information Management, Belgium for the European Space Agency — Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, Thailand — Forest Management Institute, Czech Republic — East Midlands Development Agency, United Kingdom — Stadt Bochum Vermessungs- und Katasteramt, Germany.