OGC’S New Board Reflects Consortium’s Expanding Global Role
23, 2005, the OGC Planning Committee completed its biennial election of
directors.In expanding the board and selecting the new slate of
directors, the officers and board have made a concerted effort to
provide the leadership and breadth of perspective required to expand
into more diverse regional and application markets.The diversity of
international representation has broadened, with new directors
representing both technology users and technology providers.There is
better representation of technologies other than traditional GIS -
imaging and web services, in particular.And there are more directors,
with a higher percentage representing the public sector.
Besides becoming more global in its composition and expanding the
application focus of the organization, the new, expanded board is
positioned to become a more active force within the Consortium.The
directors have committed to provide, through individual advocacy and
committee work, active support for OGC business and outreach programs,
and for resource planning and creation of strategic relationships.They
are also well aware that OGC is a consensus based organization, and
they are all experienced executives accustomed to pushing for consensus
that leads to effective action.
By expanding the Board with additional talent and world wide
representation, a strategic focus is now in place to emphasize global
outreach and significantly increase the Consortium's awareness and
uptake potential.With these additional resources the OGC board will be
organizing to address such issues as business development, strategic
planning, globalization and finance more actively than has been
possible in the past, to implement more effective leadership for the
The intention is to create a dynamic structure that passes considerable
leadership to the individual directors and better integrates planning
at the Board level with the operational processes of the Consortium.
Those familiar with OGC's current technical activities know that the
membership is moving beyond GIS and imaging into areas such as: service
chaining; vehicle information, telematics and location services;
information interoperability and the Spatial Semantic Web; management
of geospatial digital rights, lineage, and online ordering; enterprise
architecture; CAD/AEC/GIS integration; and Sensor Web Enablement (SWE).
Never have we had more content-full and well attended Technical
Committee and Planning Committee meetings than we had last week at the
United Nations in New York City.
As experienced executives, all the OGC directors can appreciate the
value of this high level of technical activity but they also understand
that "going to the next level" doesn't happen through technology alone.
We are at the critical stage of "crossing the chasm" from scattered
early adoption of our interoperability technologies to widespread
adoption of them.This transition is even more critical for a standards
consortium than for a product company.The most well-crafted open
specifications in the world are useless if no one uses them.That's why
outreach and uptake are so important.I am confident that we can, with
the leadership of our new directors, meet this challenge.