OGC welcomes Microsoft to the OGC community as a Principal Member

The primary aim is make location information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). OGC CEO Nadine Alameh said on the occasion that they are excited to welcome Microsoft back to the OGC Community, and to the OGC Planning Committee, as an OGC Principal Member.

OGC welcomes Microsoft to the OGC community as a Principal Member
OGC welcomes Microsoft to the OGC community as a Principal Member

OGC welcomes Microsoft to the OGC community as a Principal Member

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is pleased to welcome Microsoft to the OGC as a Principal Member. As part of this partnership, Microsoft is going to participate across OGC activities. It will also explore market and technology trends relevant to OGC’s global mission while serving in OGC’s Planning Committee.

The primary aim is make location information more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). OGC CEO Nadine Alameh said on the occasion that they are excited to welcome Microsoft back to the OGC Community, and to the OGC Planning Committee, as an OGC Principal Member.

These are pivotal times in the geospatial industry as OGC collaboratively modernizes their suite of location standards to enable the seamless integration of location information into any application. It’s great to see Microsoft’s commitment to standards and interoperability in creating location-aware applications for the world.

Chris Pendleton, Principal PM Manager for Azure Maps at Microsoft Corp., shared that Microsoft has a myriad of investments in new geospatial technologies. Azure Maps adopted OGC standards from its impetus accommodating broad enterprise support, and Bing Maps continues to leverage OGC standards for our consumer needs. He added that they are in a new era of Geospatial AI and Microsoft wants to contribute back to this exceptional consortium of thought leaders.

OGC Principal Members ensure that OGC’s policies and procedures remain effective and agile in a changing technological environment and participate in final approval decisions for all OGC standards as well as nominations to the Board of Directors.

As an OGC Principal Member, Microsoft will work alongside other world-leading organizations looking to advance the location information industry, including Airbus Defence & Space, the Indian Department of Science and Technology, Esri, Feng Chia University, Google, Hexagon, Leidos, Maxar, Oracle, Trimble Navigation, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).