Issue 19 – August 2010
Two key organisations driving the development of international geospatial Standards will hold back-to-back technical meetings in Australia later this year.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee on Geographic Information/Geomatics (ISO/TC211) will meet in Sydney and Canberra respectively in November and December 2010.
ISO/TC211 and OGC have developed a range of Standards to advance geospatial interoperability. In Australia and New Zealand application of these Standards is important in developing capabilities such as national environment accounting, the Australian and New Zealand Spatial Marketplace concept, and numerous other government and commercial capabilities.
Spatial information describes the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features and boundaries on the Earth. Almost every sector of the economy now uses and benefits from spatial data in some way, including property and business services, mining, energy, and agriculture.
According to a study commissioned by Land Information New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, and the Ministry of Economic Development, Spatial Information in the New Zealand Economy – Realising Productivity Gains, the use and re-use of spatial information is estimated to have added $1.2 billion in productivity related benefits to the New Zealand economy in 2008. This value is the result of increasing adoption of modern spatial information technologies over the period 1995 to 2008, and is equivalent to slightly more than 0.6 per cent of GDP or GNP in 2008.
New Zealand participates on ISO/TC211 and has Standards New Zealand has recently refreshed the international review group providing New Zealand’s input into these Standards and technical specifications. Organisations represented on this review group include Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute NZ (SSINZ), New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG), Ministry for the Environment, Local Government New Zealand, Association of Crown Research Institutes, New Zealand Transport Agency, and a representative from the Emergency Services.