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Looking at Five September OGC Events in Boulder OPENGEOSPATIAL CONNECTION O BY STEVEN RAMAGE pen Geospatial Consortium (OGC) meetings increasingly attract other co-located events. A week after the FOSS4G 2011 Conference in Denver, for example, the OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings in nearby Boulder, Colo., will take place Sept. 19-23, 2011, alongside the follow- ing four free, one-day public events: GML 4.0 Workshop Many communities and organizations use the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) Standard, of which GML 3.2 is the current approved version (identical to ISO 19136:2007). GML 3.3, which will be fully backwards compatible with GML 3.2, will be released later in 2011. Before starting work on GML 4.0, the GML Working Group wants to have a clear idea about the demand and requirements for this new version. The GML Working Group invites representatives from other OGC Working Groups, existing user communities, OSGeo, developers and ISO/TC 211 members to attend a GML 4.0 Workshop on Monday, September 19. 3D Summit 2011 On Tuesday, September 20, the OGC 3D Information Management Working Group is hosting its second 3D Summit focused on open standards to support 3D geospatial practices. Building on the success of the 2009 3D Summit at MIT, this industry gathering is open to anyone interested in 3D applications and standards that enhance interoperability and integration. Steven Ramage is executive director, Marketing and Communications, Open Geospatial Consortium; e-mail: sramage@ 30 Oceans/Meteorology/Hydrology Water Cycle Summit The OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group, and OGC Meteorology and Oceanography Domain Working Group, both of which are Joint Working Groups of the World Meteorological Organisation and OGC, will hold an Oceans/Meteorology/Hydrology Water Cycle Summit ( on Wednesday, September 21. The ability to easily exchange hydrological, oceanographic, meteorological and climatological information in a timely and useful fashion is becoming GEO W ORLD / SEPTEMBE R 2O11 increasingly important for operational purposes as well as research. This summit will focus narrowly on information-system interoperability as it relates to understanding the water cycle. Participants will learn what has been accomplished so far by the two work- ing groups and will discuss what remains to be done. GEOSS Workshop on "Sharing Climate Information and Knowledge" The GEOSS Workshop XLIII, "Sharing Climate Informa- tion and Knowledge," will be held Friday, September 23. The Global Earth Observation System of Systems ( is a complex international system of sensors, communication devices, storage systems, models, processes and devices used to observe Earth. At this workshop, representatives from industry, academia and government will provide invited talks focused on tools and techniques now available to improve interdisciplinary discovery and use of climate-modeling results. This workshop is being organized by OGC, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Committee on Earth Observation, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and Unidata. OGC TC and PC Meetings The OGC Technical Committee (TC) meetings are "meetings within meetings." Groups of domain experts and technology experts worldwide convene in working groups to advance OGC standards. The working groups report at Thursday's plenary session, where votes are taken regarding standards and TC administrative issues. The Planning Committee meets a day later to finalize votes and review consortium issues. Occasionally, as will hap- pen in September, the OGC Board of Directors meets during this week to enable directors to meet with members and staff and observe the proceedings. In September, an ad hoc meeting will be held to discuss whether to form an Augmented Reality Modeling Language domain working group. And on Thursday, September 21, at UCAR/NCAR, there will be a demonstration of progress made in this year's OGC Web Services Testbed 8 in the areas of obser- vation fusion, geosynchronization, cross-community interoperability and aviation information management and delivery. Also, the 15th annual Gardels Award will be presented to a Technical Committee representa- tive who has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the development of international standards for geospatial interoperability. For more details, see

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