News from ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics

Resolutions from the 51st plenary week

ISO/TC 211 is pleased to announce the accomplishment of the 51st Plenary, with 39 meetings spread over a two-week period. A Standards in Action seminar was held with seven presentations on a broad array of topics from around the world. The result for the national body votes on the committee internal ballot (CIB) resolutions are in, please see the resolutions posted at:

Summary: A set of new preliminary work items on Discrete Global Grid Systems were approved. New work item proposals were presented for Assigning and maintaining addresses for objects in the physical world, as well as for Geospatial API for features. Furthermore, some projects were restarted or extended due to risk of reaching target dates. Ad Hoc Groups are now created for Registers and for Smart Cities, and a new Advisory Group is established on Land Cover and Land Use. More on these topics in coming TC news posts.

Thank you to everyone for adapting to the changes over the past year that were necessary to ensure the best outcomes possible for everyone's health.  We look forward to the time when we can once again leave our home countries to immerse ourselves in the hospitality of our plenary hosts, while enjoying the simple pleasures of work discussions, coffee-break chats, evening meals and walks back to the hotel.


Published 2021-02-13 - Read more News


Seasons greetings and best wishes

This has been a different year in many aspects, but we rose to the challenges and had a very productive year. Thanks for the work and important contributions you made to ISO/TC 211 throughout 2020. 

We are looking forward to continue this excellent collaboration in 2021.

So best wishes for happy holidays and a healthy and successful 2021.

Secretariat and Chair

Published 2020-12-17 - Read more news


Invitation to Open Seminars

ISO/TC 211 is happy to invite all national members and liaisons to these open seminars, and to forward this invitation in your network.

Open Seminar on ISO/TC 211 Standards in Action
Friday November 27th at 10:00-11:30 and 12:00-13:30 UTC (Note time zone)
This seminar will focus on adopted and implemented standards at members and liaison organizations.
Agenda highlights:

  • Standardized Encoding of Sensor Positioning Information
  • Air Quality Data in Near-Real-Time
  • Latin American Metadata Profile LAMPv2
  • National standard for modelling geospatial data and services
  • Canada's ISO Story and future

Agenda and Zoom details

Open Seminar on OGC Activities
Monday November 30th at 14:45-16:15 UTC (Note time zone)
Agenda highlights:

  • Summary of active OGC Standards initiatives 
  • Introduction  to  OGC’s  Product  Management approach  to standards 
  • Highlights from the OGC Innovation Program 
  • Technology Trends of importance to the geospatial community

Agenda and Zoom details

Published 2020-11-16 - Read more News


This committee contributes at over 50 places with standards supporting the following Sustainable Development Goals:







Standardization in the field of digital geographic information.
This work aims to establish a structured set of standards for information concerning objects or phenomena that are directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the Earth.

These standards may specify, for geographic information, methods, tools and services for data management (including definition and description), acquiring, processing, analyzing, accessing, presenting and transferring such data in digital/electronic form between different users, systems and locations.

The work shall link to appropriate standards for information technology and data where possible, and provide a framework for the development of sector-specific applications using geographic data.


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