The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that OGC’s organizational processes and technical approaches will be key elements in a new joint project of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US Geological Survey (USGS).
This project, focused on removing technical obstacles to sharing earth observation data, is a direct result of the 1997 US and European Science and Technology Agreement concerning Earth Observation Technology Development and Application Research, and a subsequent 1999 cooperative arrangement between JRC and USGS.
The project, outlined in a Work Sheet listing the objectives and tasks involved, addresses the need to improve Internet-based earth observation data sharing within and between nations, states, regions, and municipalities throughout the world who rely on such information for maintaining spatial data infrastructure, agriculture, environmental and land use missions. USGS and JRC wish to develop methods for testing information exchange which will be useful to them and other organizations they cooperate with.
They will also develop interoperability guidelines that can be applied in procurement decisions. They have brought OGC into their activities because their technical interoperability issues are the kind that OGC works with, and a main function of OGC is to facilitate “Interoperability Initiatives” — multi-vendor testbeds, pilots, feasibility studies, etc. — that bring public and private sector organizations together to address such issues.