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OGC Update - December 2019


OGC Update

December 20 · Issue #9 · View online
The quarterly update from OGC concerning the latest happenings from the organization and its members.

Hi everyone,
As I look back at 2019, I can’t help but be impressed by how much our OGC community has done to advance our mission of making Location Information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). I can’t help but be humbled by how enthusiastic our members are about connecting and partnering to solve interoperability issues that have direct impact in more domains than I can list! And I remain in awe with how our amazing staff can do all the juggling they do to keep our members happy (and focused!) while driving thought leadership, standards development, and innovation on a global scale. Thank you to everyone for an amazing year. 
To give you a hint of our upcoming Year in Review (to be published in the new year), in 2019, we:  
  • welcomed 60 new members to our community; 
  • approved 18 standards (including the first OGC API for Features!);
  • kicked off a few new domain working groups including the AI and Blockchain ones;
  • pushed out new compliance tests including for GeoPackage and CDB;
  • published quarterly Tech Trends to help you get a pulse on the Trends impacting location;
  • held 4 member meetings, 5 summits, 6 regional forum meetings and supported countless member, alliance partner, and outreach events; and
  • engaged in a diverse mix of Innovation Program activities, supported by our generous and forward-looking sponsors, from our annual Testbed (number 15!), to multiple pilot projects, to a CityGML challenge.
The best part is, and you know as well as I do, that together we will make 2020 an even more productive and impactful year. Stay tuned for a new OGC website, for more energy towards the OGC APIs, new events building on the success of Location Powers, new alliance partners, as well as world-class member meetings – connecting people, communities, technology, and decision making for the greater good. 
Thank you for being part of our community, and Happy Holidays. 
Nadine Alameh, OGC CEO

Toulouse or not Toulouse? Our recent TC in France.
Capitole de Toulouse: location of the TC Dinner and Gardels Award Ceremony.
Capitole de Toulouse: location of the TC Dinner and Gardels Award Ceremony.
Athina Trakas offers her summary of the November 2019 Technical Committee meetings, held in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
Special sessions were held for the Europe Forum, an Augmented Reality Summit, an ad hoc meeting with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on transportation topics, an “OGC Value” working session, meetings of the joint OGC-W3C Spatial Data on the Web Subcommittee, as well as the joint OGC-ISO/TC 211 work on Observations and Measurements. Finally, there was also the presentation of the CityGML v3 visualization tool developed by the winners of the 2019 CityGML Challenge, Claus Nagel and Thomas Adolphi of virtualcitySYSTEMS.
Q4 2020 Tech Trends Update
OGC's Tech Trends Mindmap
OGC's Tech Trends Mindmap
Back in August OGC CTO George Percivall published a Q2 2019 update on OGC’s Tech Trends status. This post serves to update what’s changed in the months since its publication.
For the 4th quarter of 2019, these emerging trends were the focus of more attention: Commodity remote sensing and Smallsats; 3D Model Creation; Precise Positioning, and; Spatial Analytics in Python & R. 
Read on to find out how these trends (and more) are impacting the geospatial industry, and how OGC is handling their emergence:
Luis Bermudez, all the best and muchas gracias!
Luis Bermudez, our Executive Director of the Innovation Program, will be leaving OGC staff on December 31, 2019. After 10 years of fantastic service to the company, our members, and the wider geospatial community, Luis is moving to a leadership role with a respected OGC member.
Interesting Finds From Around The Web
About the OGC Definitions Server
Join the GEOINT 2020 Innovative Tradecraft Competition!
More developer friendly and agile geospatial standards — exciting developments from the 113th OGC Technical Committee meeting in Toulouse, France
Technical Specification D3.2 - SensorThings API - Sensing
The many meanings of ‘Open’: Open Data, Open Source, and Open Standards
Latest Press Releases
OGC Calls for Participation in its Next Major Innovation Testbed (Testbed-16); Funding Available for Participants
Linda van den Brink receives OGC’s 2019 Gardels Award
OGC announces virtualcitySYSTEMS as the winner of the 2019 OGC CityGML Challenge
ESIP and OGC invite you to the Coverage Processing and Analysis API Sprint
OGC Renews Memorandum Of Understanding With FrontierSI
Upcoming Events
ESIP and OGC Coverage Processing and Analysis Sprint
GeoBuiz Summit
DGI 2020
Esri Federal GIS Conference 2020
March 2020 TC/PC Meetings - Hong Kong
Oceanology International 2020
Click for the full-size infographic outlining our recent Toulouse TC!
Click for the full-size infographic outlining our recent Toulouse TC!
OGC members at the Reception Hall "Les Illustres" at the Capitole de Toulouse
OGC members at the Reception Hall "Les Illustres" at the Capitole de Toulouse
From all the staff at OGC, thank you for reading and subscribing - and all the best for 2020!
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