Podcast: Directions OnPoint - A Conversation with Mark Reichardt, President and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

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The Open Geospatial Consortium's president and CEO, Mr. Mark Reichardt is interviewed in this podcast by Directions Media's Editor in Chief, Joe Francica and Executive Editor, Adena Schutzberg. Mr. Reichardt leads this international industry consortium comprised of 417 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.

The OGC is involved with a number of standards bodies that impact the geospatial technology sector. It is because the industry has grown over the past few years to become integrated with so many other technology sectors that the consortium's importance and impact has also grown.

Mr. Reichardt has overall responsibility for Consortium operations, overseeing the development and promotion of OpenGIS® standards and working to ensure that OGC programs foster member success. He works with other standards development organizations and professional associations to establish alliance agreements to assure that OGC standards and other standards work together fluidly. Such coordination is critical, for example, to support standards that enable the full integration of geospatial information with real time sensor data and Building Information Models (BIM) used in architecture, engineering, construction and full life cycle management of buildings and other physical infrastructure. Mr. Reichardt joined the Consortium in November 2000 as Director of Marketing and Public Sector Programs; became the President of OGC and a member of the Board of Directors in September, 2004; and was appointed President and CEO in January 2008.

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