An Introduction to Open Geospatial Standards

Tuesday, 20th September 2016
9:30am - 2:00pm BST
Sir Alwyn Williams Building - Level 5, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK G12 8QN

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to a free training workshop on understanding and using open geospatial data standards.

This is the third of our capacity-building events funded through our ESRC SASNet fellowship programme and will presented by Steven Ramage. Steven is an independent advisor to organisations including Ordnance Survey Great Britain, the United Nations and the World Bank on location strategy, policy, innovation and standards. He has worked in the geospatial sector since 1994 in the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors. 

There are no specific pre-requisites for attending the workshop although a basic understanding of geographic information systems would be beneficial. It is likely to be of most interest to data scientists, policymakers and marketing communicators.

Course summary

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has been operating globally to provide open geospatial standards to enable better access and sharing of location data. As the need for disciplines to work more closely together across the public, private and academic sectors grows interoperability is essential. The same is true for many different types of big data coming from multiple sources.

This short course will outline a number of activities ongoing at the OGC, including collaboration with the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO), to tackle global topics including smart cities, 3D planning, indoor navigation and sensor webs.

Course contents/outcomes

Participants will gain an initial understanding of international geospatial standards, the global standards community and how to contribute/use open geospatial standards.

The topics covered will include: 

  • The problem of interoperability
  • Business value of open standards
  • Technical approach for implementing standards
  • The open standards global community
  • Freely available industry resources

The course will run for approximately 4 hours which will include breaks, lunch and time for questions and networking. A schedule with approximate session timings will be provided closer to the event.

Course presentation

The presentation from the course is available on our Resources page.