The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services. Through our member-driven consensus programs, OGC works with government, private industry, and academia to create open and  extensible software application programming interfaces for geographic  information systems (GIS) and other mainstream technologies.

OGCE meets Europe's interoperability challenges by addressing the following general business objectives:

  • Drive take up & adoption of interoperable geoprocessing in Europe based on user driven requirements that can be addressed with OGC's adopted principles and practices for architecture, OpenGIS Specifications, and standards-based, commercial-off-the-shelf (SCOTS) software engineering development processes;
  • Assist European organisations in supporting, monitoring and managing programs where interoperability is a focus or an inherent requirement; and
  • Facilitate enhancement of OpenGIS specifications via the identification of requirements, initiative sponsors and participants from Europe for OGC activities including global test beds and pilots and specification working groups.


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