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Natural Resources Canada becomes OGC principal member

The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has announced that Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), through the GeoConnections national initiative, has upgraded its OGC membership to the Principal level. The change of membership status reflects the organization’s commitment to geospatial interoperability.

NRCan is a Canadian federal government department specializing in building and maintaining the national land and resources knowledge base for sustainable development. GeoConnections, led by NRCan, is a national partnership initiative bringing government, industry and academia together to build the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI). The goal of the CGDI is to make Canada’s geospatial databases, tools and services readily accessible on-line. OGC implementation specifications have been adopted as an integral part of the CGDI.

As a Principal Member, NRCan/GeoConnections will participate and vote in the OGC Technical Committee as well as the OGC Planning Committee. The Planning Committee provides a management structure for the OGC specification process. It also provides direction to the Technical Committee and is responsible for the design and approval of the OGC Business Architecture, Technology Roadmap and the Interface Development Schedule.

NRCan/GeoConnections has been a longtime member of OGC and has sponsored two Interoperability Initiatives, the completed Web Mapping Phase II, and the current OGC Web Services Initiative (OWS-1). OGC activities and standards continue to play a key role in the GeoConnections initiative in Canada.