Friday, June 05, 2009

GEOINT TECH DAYS touts Interoperability & Implementation

Now a staple in the DC geospatial scene USGIF TECH DAYS offers a look at technology industry and government partners are developing for GEOINT – and the event this week did not disappoint. However, along with ‘gee-whiz’ tools like spinning globes another theme popped out – that standards and interoperability are vital for implementation of GEOINT tools and systems.

Held in the Hyatt Regency Reston on June 4, presentations in the emerging technologies segments hit this theme – familiar over the last few years but the focus has now shifted from demos to how standards-based tech can support implementation of new services and applications. Standards suites from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) like Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) were discussed.

It will be interesting to see how growing acceptance of policies endorsing standards and interoperability can foster a revolution in distributing and consuming digital geospatial information.

- Jeff


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