Ancestors of today's OGC members consider the geo-systems of their day.

Ancestors of today’s OGC members consider geo-systems.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is forming a new working group to develop open source geospatial systems standards for urban development projects.

Initiators of the OGC’s new group seek comments from stakeholders on its draft working group charter. The comment period closes 6 August 2014.

Here’s the OGC rationale:

A Smart City’ invests in human and social capital, physical infrastructure and information communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to sustain quality of life in the urban environment. Technologies and trends such as Augmented Reality (AR), Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Sensor Webs, the Internet of Things (IoT), LBS (Location Based Services), Facilities Management, navigation (indoor and outdoor) and Big Data Analytics all can play important roles in informing urban planners. Also, these technologies are permanent and rapidly evolving elements of life in modern cities, which makes them subjects for urban studies and urban planning.

In all of those technology domains, open standards can facilitate the development, publication, discovery, assessment, analysis, portrayal and use of information. The OGC Urban Planning Domain Working Group intends to discover requirements for open geospatial standards in information systems involved in the planning, design, use, maintenance and governance of publicly accessible spaces. Requirements presented and discussed in OGC Domain Working Groups are typically addressed in existing or yet-to-be chartered OGC Standards Working Groups and in the OGC’s collaborative activities with other standards development organizations.

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 475 companies, government agencies, research organisations, and universities collaborating to apply standards supporting interoperable solutions to ‘geo-enable’ the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.

Proposed members of the OGC urban planning working group are Martin Ford (GIstandards), John Herring (Oracle), Guiseppe Conti (Trilogis), Jeanne Frost (Esri) and Leif Granholm (Trimble).