US: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced new membership options for organisations based in emerging economies. Now, it offers discounts to certain categories of organisations based on their country of registration.
These categories include government, academic, research, not-for-profit, individuals, and some for-profit organisations. Discounts are based on world economic indicator data compiled and published by the World Bank.
The OGC is building global representation through new members in regions including Africa, India and South America, as well as through support from the OGC Global Advisory Council. The need for information integration and the ability to share geospatial information within organisations, across organisations and across borders has increased dramatically in recent years. This has been driven by a large number of factors, including the large number of emergencies and disasters worldwide where data sharing is key.
Another element of OGC’s flexible membership pricing approach is GovFuture, a new kind of membership available for government agencies operating at the local, state or provincial levels in all countries. GovFuture membership focuses on helping local and sub-national governments implement and use OGC standards to achieve government mission objectives.