Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions has announced the Intergraph Open Interoperability Grant Program, a new international grant program promoting and emphasizing the use of OGC interoperability specifications for accessing and applying geospatial information from a local to a global level. The announcement coincides with the sixth Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Conference being held this week in Budapest, Hungary.
This broad new initiative, with a value of more than $5.5 million (U.S.), supports the GSDI organization’s mission of ready global access to geographic information. The program will emphasize the use worldwide of OpenGIS Specifications from the geospatial industry standards body, the Open GIS Consortium (OGC). The grant program actively promotes interoperability and enables organizations using geospatial information to build open Web services and publish their data using Geography Markup Language (GML), thereby allowing easy and open exchange of data.
Participating organizations in the Intergraph grant program will benefit from expanded interoperability and improved communications throughout their enterprise. The program focuses on the development and deployment of compatible spatial data infrastructures based on internationally accepted best practices, and helps bring the GSDI organization’s goals for worldwide spatial data sharing closer to reality.