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OGC and EuroGeographics join hands to advance European SDI

UK: In their quest to promote compatible, standards-based Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) from the local to global level, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and EuroGeographics recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote interoperability through open standards to benefit the European geospatial community.
According to the agreement, both organizations will work cooperatively on outreach and communications to raise the awareness, acceptance, and implementation of open standards and related educational programs and best practices. This will include activities such as participation in international webinars; publishing papers on implementations; documenting Return on Investment; and examination and discussion of legal and policy issues associated with the use of spatial information and associated technologies. The two organizations will also work to identify, plan and convene joint workshops, conference sessions and symposia. In addition, EuroGeographics and the OGC will seek funding and in-kind resources to advance joint OGC testbeds, pilot projects, and interoperability experiments, with a focus on advancing the   European Location Framework.
“As an international standards organization, OGC recognizes the importance of regional requirements for interoperability. This partnership will help OGC better understand and address the interoperability challenges facing leading mapping, land registry and cadastre organizations across Europe as they work to provide timely, accurate and useful geospatial information in support of a range of local to international challenges,” said Mark Reichardt, President and CEO of the OGC.
“With technology driving geographical information into the mainstream, the development of SDIs to underpin services is crucial and this partnership will play an important role in maximising the use and benefits of the authoritative, definitive and high quality data provided by our members,” commented EuroGeographics’ Secretary General and Executive Director, Dave Lovell.
EuroGeographics is a not-for-profit organization and the membership association for the European national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies. It currently brings together 56 members from 44 countries.
Source: Directionsmag