The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australia’a Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA). The MoU will further the missions of both organisations by collaborating as partners in the development and conduct of outreach and education program activities to advance standards-based, interoperable modelling approaches to address the needs of each organisation’s membership.
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 515 companies, government agencies, research organisations, and universities devoted to developing publicly available geospatial standards.
The MoU will see SIBA further assist with local promotion and education regarding OGC standards in the Asia Pacific region, including advocating the use of OGC standards by the various levels and departments of Australian and New Zealand’s governments.
“OGC’s success in advancing our mission is greatly enhanced through the many alliances and partnerships we have forged with leading standards organisations and associations worldwide,” said Mark Reichardt, President and CEO of OGC.
“We are excited about our alliance with Spatial Industries Business Association, which will enable OGC to further extend our reach and impact in Australia and New Zealand while providing SIBA an international platform for articulating and advancing its industry association mission.”
Kellee Ireland, Executive Director of SIBA, highlighted the significance of tying the Asia-Pacific region into the international standards network: “We are excited to be working with the OGC to establish broader international relationships and raise awareness and understanding of international standards throughout the Asia Pacific region.”
“SIBA is pleased to be working together with the OGC to contribute to supporting and unifying the industry on an international platform where there is common ground and cause to do so,” she said.
The collaboration will build upon the significant and successful relationship seen in the mid 2000s between OGC and SIBA’s previous incarnation, ASIBA.