Norway: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced a new revised Associate Membership option for local and state/provincial government agencies worldwide. According to it, the new OGC GovFuture membership category reflects its increased emphasis on knowledge transfer as OGC standards become widely accepted in the marketplace.
The OGC GovFuture membership category includes local government and Subnational government membership levels. It offers public sector organisations an opportunity to learn about and benefit from new developments in geospatial technology, and to understand and address legal and policy issues related to these technology developments, said the organisation adding, GovFuture provides an opportunity for government organisations across the globe to discuss common issues related to the new level of interoperability enabled by open standards, and provides a platform for peer-to-peer knowledge transfer among local and sub-national governments to advance wider use of the standards.
“The work going on worldwide around more open and transparent government, including initiatives such as data.gov and data.gov.uk, is building on standards,” explained Steven Ramage, OGC’s Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. “The location element of day-to-day government activity is now as important as other variables like time or money. It’s one of the key decision criteria. As a global, not-for-profit membership organisation embedded in all things geospatial and related to location, OGC is well-placed to offer advice, share knowledge and expertise, and provide a cost-effective platform for public sector administrations. The most important thing to note is that the OGC membership is already active worldwide addressing topics like INSPIRE (infrastructure for spatial information in Europe) and public sector information (PSI) reuse.”
GovFuture members have an opportunity to liaise with other levels of government and with suppliers and universities through OGC meetings and channels for focused discussion. The members also have access to OGC resources such as white papers, international best practice reports, webinars and domain working groups. Like all OGC members, they have the opportunity to attend its quarterly meetings in different locations around the world, where they can meet people or organisations who are adopting standards-based approaches. Public agencies are increasingly leveraging open standards to implement place-based policies and address mandates for ubiquitous access to public and private location-based information.
OGC GovFuture yearly membership fees:
– GovFuture Local Government USD 200
– GovFuture Subnational Government USD 500