INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.
Mission and Objectives: 
Our Vision: A world in which everyone benefits from geographic information and services made available across any network, application, or platform. Approximately 80% of business and government information has some reference to location, but until recently the power of geographic or spatial information and location has been underutilized as a vital resource for improving economic productivity, decision-making, and delivery of services. We are an increasingly distributed and mobile society. Our technologies, services, and information resources must be able to leverage location, (i.e., my geographic position right now) and the spatial information that helps us visualize and analyze situations geographically. Products and services that comply to OGC's open interface specifications enable users to freely exchange and apply spatial information, applications and services across networks, different platforms and products. Our Mission: Our core mission is to deliver spatial interface specifications that are openly available for global use. Open interface specifications enable content providers, application developers and integrators to focus on delivering more capable products and services to consumers in less time, at less cost, and with more flexibility. Our Approach: Formalize OpenGIS Specifications Through Consensus: Through OGC's structured committee programs and consensus process, OGC members develop, review, and release OpenGIS Specifications. Organize Interoperability Projects: OGC employs testbeds, pilot projects, planning studies etc. to rapidly and efficiently test, validate, and document vendor-neutral specifications based on user requirements. Develop Strategic Business Opportunities: We identify user communities and markets in need of open spatial interfaces and engage those communities in development and adoption of OpenGIS Specifications. Develop Strategic Standards Partnerships: OGC harmonizes its geoprocessing standards with other IT standards through partnerships with international standards efforts. Promote Demand for Interoperable Products: Through our marketing and public relations programs, we work with our members and the public to increase users' awareness and acceptance of OpenGIS Specifications. Our Core Values - We are committed to: • Global Community - meeting the spatial technology interoperability needs of the global community. • Innovation - delivering programs to rapidly develop interfaces to meet the realities of changing technology. • Efficiency, Timeliness, and Quality - meeting market needs at the right time, lowest possible cost, and highest level of utility. • Integrity - working by consensus to agree on interfaces while respecting and protecting the intellectual property of our members. • Leadership maintaining spatial technology leadership in the global standards community
Formal Mandate: 
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 279 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. OpenGIS specifications are developed in a unique consensus process supported by OGC industry, government and academic members to enable geoprocessing technologies to interoperate, or "plug and play". You will also find the OpenGIS® trademark associated with products that implement or comply to our specifications. Make sure that your geoprocessing and location services procurement and technology development programs demand OpenGIS specifications!

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    Societal Sector
    Through our membership, all societal sectors such as central government, regional./local government, public works, private sector, research, education… are represented
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Environmental application domains
    Through our membership, most environmental domains are represented
    Primary Business
    Through our membership, all business segments are represented