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OGC names Raj Singh Director Interoperability Programs

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced that Dr. Raj Singh has been appointed Director, Interoperability Programs for OGC. Dr. Singh will report to George Percivall, Executive Director, Interoperability Architecture and lead for OGC’s Interoperability Program. Dr. Singh will begin by playing a key role in the third OGC Web Services (OWS-3) Interoperability Initiative, a major testbed activity to extend the OGC baseline to enable an interoperable, multi-source decision support environment based on geospatial Web services ).

Dr. Singh’s appointment to the OGC’s staff underscores the Consortium’s commitment to maintaining the technology leadership that has made it the preeminent consensus standards organization in geospatial technology. Dr. Singh has made significant business and research contributions to the geospatial industry. Most recently, he served as Information Architect at Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., where he researched spatial technologies and technology areas for integration into the corporate growth strategy.

Dr. Singh holds Doctorate and Masters degrees in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University. The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 270 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS(R) Specifications support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications.