Standards adoption is not a sexy topic. Sure, interoperability cures a lot of ills but really, isn't interoperability just too big of a word? I actually saw it on a billboard once and wondered just how many people understood exactly what it meant.
But that's the business of the Open Geospatial Consortium. I sat down for a long conversation with Steven Ramage the director of communications for the OGC. Let's review some of the recent initiatives that the OGC has built. The GovFuture initiative kicks off a program to get small municipalities involved with the standards organization. It's a lower cost entry fee model to encourage interoperability standards adoption and to get them involved with the OGC specification process. Watch our webinar with the OGC that goes into greater depth on this program. The Business Value Working Group is tasked with demonstrating the return on investment by standards adoption. The relationship with the Building Smart Alliance is driven by the increased recognition that 3D building models and the interior space therein is inherently geospatial. As such the two standards organizations are working together to make sure there is a synergistic approach to specification cooperation.
Likewise, the OGC has been making a huge impact in operations management. Take the recently announced pilot project in aviation safety. The OGC is involved in a project whereby the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is working with industry stakeholders to utilize international standards to improve the awareness of Special Activity Airspace (SAA) usage, that airspace used for military missions. Both Lufthansa and Boeing as well as others are engaged in the project. The pilot is part of the OGC's interoperability initiatives. Information release by the OGC indicates that "SAA dissemination involves the access, filtering and graphical portrayal of airspace information, as well as the ability for subscribed users to receive notifications of SAA updates and reservation schedule changes."
The organization is making great strides at outreach while not taking its foot off the gas pedal in driving technical specifications for sensors, SMS, and many other initiatives. You need to be aware of their activities. Here are some links that are useful: