Open Geospatial Consortium and Open Design Alliance create strategic partnership

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international consortium driving the creation and adoption of open geospatial standards, and Open Design Alliance (ODA), a leading provider of CAD and BIM interoperability solutions, have announced a strategic partnership designed to “promote and strengthen the use of open standards for the location and geospatial industries,” according to a prepared statement.

According to the statement from the two organizations, “OGC’s leadership in creating open standards forms a natural synergy with ODA’s expertise in standards implementation. The partnership between OGC and ODA is intended to develop and strengthen this synergy to the benefit of both organizations, and to the broader community.”

More about Open Geospatial Consortium 

The OGC is a not-for-profit international standards organization founded in 1994, composed of industry, government and academic members dedicated to advancing interoperability among IT systems that process geo-referenced information. The consortium has more than 500 members drawn from businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven. The mission is to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR — Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. OGC has become known as a progressive, member-driven organization which actively analyzes and anticipates emerging tech trends. It runs an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) lab that builds and tests innovative prototype solutions to members’ use cases.

More about Open Design Alliance

ODA is a not-for-profit technology consortium that builds Software Development Kits (SDKs) for popular CAD and BIM standards including IFC, .dwg, and Autodesk Revit  and Navisworks files. ODA software is used by more than 1,000 companies worldwide. 

“OGC and ODA have complementary efforts to achieve data interoperability,” said Nadine Alameh, OGC CEO. “OGC is excited to work with ODA to help our respective members and the larger user community do more with BIM, CAD, and Geospatial data.”

“ODA is very pleased to be partnering with OGC,” said Neil Peterson, ODA President. “ODA and OGC have a significant number of common members, and this cooperation will help to fast-track projects that are of key interest to both organizations.”

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