The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has recently announced that OGC Australasia (OGC-A), an OGC subsidiary, sponsored the award winning Spatial Interoperability Demonstration Project (SIDP), a collaborative initiative between the public and private sectors of the Australian Spatial Information Industry. The effort received the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) Research and Innovation Award at the APSEA dinner. The APSEA Awards celebrate the finest achievements of spatial information enterprise and professionalism in that region of the world.
SIDP was a collaborative initiative between the Australian Spatial Information Business Association (ASIBA) and OGC-A. The project was funded under the AusIndustry Innovation Access Program, with additional in-kind support provided by private sector companies and government agencies. The project brought together thirty government
and non-government organizations to agree on and implement a common architecture for spatial interoperability based on open, international standards. It presented live demonstrations based on real scenarios in a nation-wide workshop series. By showing how spatial technology adds value in the emergency management, insurance and utilities sectors, it demonstrated the importance of providing on-demand geospatial services
based on standards-implementing commercial products. Rob Starling from OGC-A received the highly prized ASIBA Chairman’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the Australian Spatial Information Industry.