Last week The Carbon Project put out a press release titled Carbon Project Announces New Gaia Support Package in Response to OGC SDI Surge. I wondered about such a surge (a term which alas relates in my mind to events in Iraq not geospatial technology). I asked Jeff Harrison, president and CEO, about the nature of the surge and the reasons for it. I received this reply.
The worldwide surge of activity in developing SDI based on OGC standards is
especially pronounced in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The surge is being caused by three factors -
- The maturity of OGC SDI standards, many of these have become ISO standards
and are now widely accepted
- Implementation of the technologies in standards-based commercial software
has reached a critical mass in the last 18 months - making it possible to do
“real work” instead of testing and piloting
- The public sectors embracing OGC SDI 1.0 interoperability and placing
these requirements into procurements