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GIM International: A New Age (I)

01/01/2008

GIM International Interviews David Schell, Chairman and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium

On 23rd October 2007, at the annual Geoint Symposium, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) announced that Microsoft Corporation had joined the organisation as a Principal Member. This important milestone was reason for us to approach David Schell, OGC chairman and CEO, and to ask him about the background to, benefits and consequences of Microsoft membership. Mr Schell touched on so many interesting issues that we are publishing this extended interview in two parts, this first focusing on the new Microsoft membership. The second part, to be published in GIM February, will focus on topics including benefits of standards implementation, public-private partnership, and the future.
By Mathias Lemmens, editor-in-chief, GIM International

Excerpt from the article

Standards are shipped in volume. Could the membership of Microsoft not result in pushing proprietary standards into becoming international standards?

Your premise is less valid than it was a decade ago, when a standard was indeed usually "a product shipped in volume." Standards have come of age. People are thinking ahead and working together in formal processes to set open standards for the future. Recent examples show that major corporations have failed to get their proposed standards, based on market-leading products, accepted by standards groups whose decisions will affect very large product volumes. Many of the most significant OGC innovations have come from small companies such as CubeWerx, Cadcorp, Galdos Systems and Ionic. Microsoft does bring tremendous influence but at the same time there are so many small companies doing remarkable things with web services in the plug-and-play environment. A major corporation like Microsoft is at the same time able to benefit from this diversity.

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Download the PDF file: GIM International – A New Age January 2008.pdf