What does interoperability look like? Fortunately, interoperability is far more about what it enables, than what it looks like. Open GIS Consortium, Inc. members are preparing to show off their interoperable solutions as part of a real-time demonstration of standards-based commercial off-the-shelf geoprocessing software at the upcoming GITA conference in Tampa, March 17-20, 2002. The demonstration will be presented on the exhibition floor and will include live demonstrations from nearly a dozen OGC members illustrating how, by using OGC Interoperability Specifications, software products can work together, or plug and play, across different vendor brands and computing platforms.
In addition to the demonstration, OGC will be active in several panels. On Tuesday, March 19, 2002, 3:13-5:00pm, Bruce Cahan of Urban Logic, Inc. will moderate a panel on the rescue and
recovery that followed the disaster at New York’s World Trade Center, with a major focus on how information consortia serving the needs of government, utility and other infrastructure operators can align investments in spatial information to help mitigate and respond to future disasters. On Wednesday March 20 at 1:00 pm the OGC will join the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) for a roundtable, moderated by Milo Robinson of the FGDC, focusing on the capabilities and challenges of spatial data infrastructures to support collaborating communities. At the same time, OGC’s Cliff Kottman will moderate a panel on Web Mapping,highlighting the functionality and use of OGC interfaces.