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OGC and IAI join forces to advance joint standards

Massachusetts, USA, 13 April 2006 – The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) and the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to strengthen open standards based interoperability between systems used by the building infrastructure community and the broader geospatial, architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) and IT communities.

Initially, the two organizations will assess member interest in advancing the creation, testing, and implementation of open standards to improve the sharing of XML based Industry Foundation Class XML building models and Geography Markup Language (GML) geography models in the AEC and geospatial user communities. A technical report will be prepared and the two organizations will work together on programmes of outreach and education to promote participation in the joint standards effort.