Industry Leaders Support Organization's Commitment to Geospatial Interoperability

at the annual Geoint 2007 Symposium, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that Microsoft Corporation has joined the consortium as a Principal Member. Government agencies worldwide are realizing the power of geospatial applications to meet their missions in ways that are unprecedented – from public safety applications to famine and hunger relief.

According to David Schell, Chairman and CEO of OGC, “Microsoft’s support of OGC’s standards process signifies the further maturation of world markets for products and services which require geospatial capabilities. We believe that Microsoft’s participation in the consortium is positioned to make a major contribution to furthering the adoption of geospatial interoperability in key industry and government sectors. This will strengthen OGC’s role in shaping the policies and best practices needed to grow and support development of effective spatial data infrastucture worldwide. As dependency on geospatial information resources for dealing with such global issues as climate change and disaster preparedness continually increases, it is of the greatest importance that the work of the consortium be supported by the deep infrastructure and information resources which Microsoft represents.”

Through its involvement with OGC, Microsoft is able to ensure the geospatial interoperability of its technology, including its flagship geospatial offerings — the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform – and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, which is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of calendar year 2008. Microsoft will submit the SQL Server 2008 geometry datatype for compliance to the Open GIS� Simple Features for SQL standard, a significant move towards ensuring that geospatial data can be seamlessly layered upon and integrated within SQL Server 2008. By making its products OpenGIS compatible Microsoft will support both developers and users who wish to work with the most extensive assortment of the world’s geospatial data resources currently available.

“From XML to geospatial standards, we believe in the benefits of driving cross-industry standards that contribute to both stronger interoperability and business productivity for all,” said Erik Jorgensen, general manager of Virtual Earth and Live Search Maps at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft has long demonstrated both its commitment and leadership in this space and is excited to continue its contribution to the geospatial industry through OGC.”

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About The Open Geospatial Consortium
The OGC� is an international industry consortium of more than 350 companies, government agencies, research organizations, 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. Visit the OGC website at

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