Active working groups


Working group 4 Geospatial services

WG 4 was established during the first work program from 1994. WG4 had from the beginning a tight cooperation with OGC, standards developed in OGC was submitted to ISO later in the process and standards developed in ISO was approved as OGC standards.  WG4 requested OGC to submit standards that we considered to be vital to ISO/TC 211. This work is now on the agenda for AG 4 JAG. 

WG4 has its main focus on geospatial services, but due to distribution of work between the WG’s, also covers other topics like registers, conformance and testing, encoding, portrayal, etc.

Convenor: Mr. Morten Borrebæk, Norway (1995-08 - Reappointed 2017-06)‚Äč


Working group 6 Imagery

WG6 addresses standardization in the field of Geographic Information with respect to Imagery, Gridded and Coverage data and related metadata.  The working group standardized aspects of remote sensing and earth observation related to remote sensing sensors including geopositioning of the sensors, calibration and validation of the sensors and validation of the remote sensing data production stream from information capture to data encoding. Standardization includes the structure of grids and the definition of coverage geometry and functions including the encoding of Imagery, Gridded and Coverage data and metadata in various encoding formats.

Convenor: Mr. Doug O'Brien, Canada (2002-05 - Reappointed 2017-06)


Working group 7 Information communities

WG 7 on information communities focuses on standardization issues related to conceptual modeling of geographic features including the documentation of geographic features in feature catalogues, dictionaries, and registers. The work includes standardization of applications schemas in specific domain (e.g. land administration domain model, land cover, etc.). The working group also addresses issues about metadata for the description of geographic information resources (data and services), ontologies in order to support the Semantic Web, and addressing as a mechanism for georeferencing geographic feature.

Convenor: Dr. Jean Brodeur, Canada (2017-10 -)


Working group 9 Information management

"Information Management" is "that man behind the curtain", pivotal for everything but seen by few. Information management covers any process that controls the structure or transport of information, in its storage and organization for analysis and distribution to geospatial applications of data (information) to support any geographic information application in the storage, structural or retrieval action, including the control of data format, storage (importation) or retrieval by content (query). This includes the storage, retrieval, distribution and structure of data in support of any and all geospatial applications.

Convenor: Mr. John Herring, USA (2011-05 - Reappointed 2017-06)


Working group 10 Ubiquitous public access

The concept of “Ubiquitous Public Access to Geographic Information (UPA-to-GI)“ means providing users seamless access from anywhere and at any time to geographic information and services.  The scope of ISO TC211/WG10 is to develop and maintain a set of standards that deal with UPA-to-GI.  The goal of this work is to make the user experience of any “smart” device intuitive to understand, along with being easy to use. To achieve this goal, contextual information that is gathered from varied sources should be managed efficiently within the UPA architecture.

Convenor: Professor SangKi Hong, Korea (2008-01 - Reappointed 2017-06)


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