At the OGC’s 50th Technical Committee meeting this month in Southampton, UK, two new Technical Committee working groups were formed: the Geospatial Digital Rights Management Working Group (GeoDRM WG) and the University Working Group (University WG).
GeoDRM Working Group
The GeoDRM WG will develop a system of operating agreements and interoperable technologies to enable broader use of geodata while protecting the rights of producers and users. In particular, the group will identify, develop, and validate a standards environment for the protection of spatial data ownership rights. There has been a debate in the geospatial community on the topic of rights, and the GeoDRM WG aims to provide a forum for discussion and a framework for technical solutions.
University Working Group
Academic institutions from 26 nations constitute approximately one third of the OGC’s 260 members. The new University Working Group will work to increase participation of universities in the Consortium and strengthen their role by forming an academic advisory group, expanding universities’ role in advancing spatial data infrastructures globally, and working to make geoprocessing interoperability a part of the research agenda, methods and curricula of university GIScience and computer science departments globally.
The OGC is an international voluntary consensus standards organization of 260 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing interface specifications.