ISO/TC 211 together with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), supports the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and other related UN activities in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

A Guide to the Role of Standards in Geospatial Information Management.

This guide addresses the role of standards in geospatial information management:

  • Defines what a standard is;
  • Makes a case for open standards;
  • Discusses why such standards are valuable;
  • Describes geospatial standards and related best practices;
  • Introduces a goal-based approach to standards adoption and a multi-tiered standardization Geospatial Levels of Standards Use;
  • Characterizes emerging standards and trends;
  • Gives concrete examples of standards in use; and
  • Concludes with suggestions for next steps.

This guide is accompanied by a “Companion Document on Standards Recommendations by Tier” which details
available standards and their applications.

Joint report to UN-GGIM 9th session (2019) from ISO/TC 211 - OGC - IHO - Implementation and adoption of standards for the global geospatial information community

UN Web TV of ISO/TC 211-IHO-OGC presentation at the UN-GGIM 9th session 2019 

Presentation starts at time 1.03 of the video.

Report, Presentation, Side event, Decisions, Videos (UN-GGIM 9th session 2019)
Chapter 14 Role of Geospatial Information Standards for SDG (UN-GGIM book 2019) (accessible from end of July)

Standards side event incl. questionnaire result (UN-GGIM 8th session 2018).pdf 

Standards-That-Make-Innovation-Possible (UNWGIC 2018)