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AGI and OGC Revitalize Strategic Partnership Agreement on Geospatial Standards and Innovation

Hyderabad, 18 October, 2023 (Wednesday): The Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) signed and exchanged a revisited Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on advancing the Indian Geospatial technology landscape.

The key objectives of this strategic partnership encompass the joint promotion of open standards, innovation, and the overall enhancement of the Geospatial landscape in India. The collaboration will focus on the following areas:

1. Events and Workshops: Identification and organization of events, workshops, and webinars on standards and best practices, co-hosted by OGC and AGI India. These initiatives aim to foster knowledge exchange and skill development within the geospatial community.

2. Advocacy and Joint Statements: Issuing joint statements to the government and the wider community on matters related to standards and innovation. OGC and AGI India will align their efforts to advocate for policies and practices that promote the adoption of open standards.

3. Content Contribution: Contributing material on standards and innovation to AGI’s content activities, including articles, blogs, and interviews. This collaboration seeks to enrich the geospatial discourse and share insights with the broader community.

4. Promotion of OGC Initiatives: Promoting and inviting AGI members to participate in OGC international initiatives, including working groups, committee activities, Testbed and Pilot initiatives, regional forums, and workshops. This cross-engagement aims to leverage collective expertise for global geospatial advancements.

5. Open Initiatives in India: Encouraging AGI members and the broader network to join and contribute to OGC open initiatives in India, such as the OGC India Forum and related events, education and training programs, sprints, and other activities. This localized engagement aims to address region-specific challenges and opportunities.

6. Membership Exchange: Implementing a membership exchange on a barter basis. OGC will provide AGI with a Community Membership, while AGI will reciprocate with a regular Associate Membership for OGC. This reciprocal arrangement will facilitate seamless collaboration and resource sharing.

This strategic partnership signifies a significant step forward in advancing the Geospatial ecosystem in India with increased involvement of the private sector. By combining the strengths of OGC’s global expertise with AGI India’s deep understanding of the national landscape, this collaboration is poised to drive innovation, promote open standards, and contribute to the sustainable growth of the geospatial sector in the country.

About AGI India

The Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) is an industry-led non-profit non-government professional organization that represents the interests of geospatial industry in India and works towards the advancement of geospatial technologies and their applications. 

AGI serves as a forum for exchange of ideas, techniques, approaches, and experiences by those who design, implement, and use geospatial technology solutions. Our members represent various aspects of Geospatial technologies, including satellite-based remote sensing, aerial and drone-based survey, LiDAR, ground-based survey, GIS, Cloud computing, services, and solutions.

About OGC

For more than 28 years, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has operated as a neutral forum where government, industry, nonprofits, and academia come together to engage in collective problem-solving around the critical issues of the day. As the global leader in location solutions and related data, OGC is the largest formal community of geospatial experts with a mission to make location information FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable – for an inclusive and sustainable future.

OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty free, publicly available, open geospatial standards. Existing at the cutting edge, OGC actively analyzes and anticipates emerging trends, and runs an agile Research and Development (R&D) lab – the OGC Collaborative Solutions and Innovation Program – that builds and tests innovative prototype solutions to members’ use cases.

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