Open Geospatial Consortium

Open Geospatial Consortium



The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a worldwide community committed to improving access to geospatial, or location information. We connect people, communities, and technology to solve global challenges and address everyday needs. The organization represents over 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities united with a desire to make location information FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. Our community creates free, publicly available geospatial standards that enable new technologies. These standards are made through a consensus process and are freely available for anyone to use to improve sharing of the world’s geospatial data. OGC standards are used in a wide variety of domains including: Geosciences & Environment; Defense & Intelligence; Smart Cities, including IoT & Sensor Webs, mobile tech, and the 3D & Built Environment; Emergency Response & Disaster Management; Aviation; Energy & Utilities; and many more. OGC also manages an agile and collaborative research & development process – the OGC Innovation Program – that anticipates and solves real-world geospatial challenges experienced by our members.


Belem statement areas
Climate Variability
Emerging Pollutants
Ocean Observation
Ocean Resources
Ocean Technology
Polar Research
Time frame
n/a - Ongoing


Open Geospatial Consortium