News from ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics

Newsletter August

Do not miss the latest newsletter for August.

Published 2022-08-15 - Read more News



OGC / ISO Metadata Code Sprint, 14-16 September 2022

We’re delighted to have been invited again to collaborate with OGC in their September code sprint. A “code sprint” is a three-day event where dozens of developers come together (usually virtually) to trial a draft specification. These are important parts of ensuring that newly developed implementation standards are ‘developer friendly’. 

This September code sprint focuses on OGC API Records, a standard which they are developing to enable transfer of metadata in a modern web architecture, in the same way that OGC API Features (ISO 19168) does for the data itself. Given that a lot of geospatial metadata uses ISO 19115, we will be contributing expert advice on that standard. 

You or your colleagues can attend the sprint either at the Ordnance Survey Geovation Centre in London (UK) or remotely. Do register your attendance via


Published 2022-08-11 Read more News


UN group on geographic information

The United Nations set up their ‘Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management’ (UN-GGIM) in 2011. Together with OGC and IHO, ISO/TC 211 is recognised as an observer, contributing advice on how open standards can help countries improve their management of geospatial information and use it to address key challenges such as those represented in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

UN-GGIM developed an approach to integrate geospatial information in national and regional governance: the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF). The SDOs contributed a “Standards Guide” to help countries implement IGIF using open standards. 

UN-GGIM has many sub-groups for regions, functions and themes (such as Asia Pacific and Africa; geodesy, land administration & management; professional bodies and the private sector). Once a year they hold a full meeting. For the last two years, these have been virtual, but in August UN-GGIM once again meets in New York. As the three SDOs we will concentrate on showing where our collaboration benefits the UN aims, running a short event on ‘Bringing Land and Sea together – how standardization helps to implement IGIF in Coastal States’.  

A few of us from ISO/TC 211 will describe our work on Land & Marine Administration and other areas that are of particular relevance to the UN and its agencies and members. It should also be a great opportunity to ‘listen and learn’ what is important to countries and organisations that we don’t always get to hear from.


Published 2022-07-22 - Read more News


This committee contributes with over 100 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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