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OGC and Columbia Earth Institute Partner to Explore Interoperability

The Open GIS Consortium, Inc.(OGC) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at advancing the
global information infrastructure and supporting multidisciplinary
research in the Earth sciences and sustainability.

OGC and the Earth Institute will work together to develop a Columbia-
OGC Interoperability Laboratory, which will become a node on the
OGC Network and provide a neutral, controlled framework for
collaborative interoperability testing, training, demonstrations and
development for the benefit of scientists and OGC members. Other
areas designated for potential exploration include Earth and
environmental data management and dissemination. To kick off the
new relationship the Earth Institute hosted OGC’s Technical and
Planning Committee Meetings earlier this year at Columbia. The
Earth Institute has previously participated in OGC activities to address
geoprocessing interoperability issues and was involved in the Web
Services Initiative, which focused on post-September 11 emergency
response issues in conjunction with agencies of both the federal
government and the City of New York. It is also involved in the
Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development (GISD) initiative
currently underway in preparation for the September 2002 World
Summit on Sustainable Development to be held in Johannesburg,
South Africa.