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June 18th, 2008
OGC and WfMC Partner to Advance Standards Goals

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PR – The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) and the Workflow Management
Coalition (WfMC) announced that they have signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) to cooperate in advancing standards-based,
interoperable work flow and Web-enabled geospatial content sharing,
modeling and visualization to address the needs of their members.

Mark Reichardt, President of the OGC, explained, "The OGC is pleased to
have the opportunity to work in partnership with the WfMC to help make
geospatial information and processing a more integral part of workflow
and business process management (BPM)."

Anticipated activities include : coordination between OGC and WfMC
working groups and committees; involvement in interoperability testbeds,
pilot initiatives and experiments; and outreach.

The WfMC is excited for this partnership
between the two respective industry leaders,
explained Nathaniel Palmer, Executive Director of the Workflow
Management Coalition. It took strong
interoperable standards to deliver the geo-enabled Web that is critical
to all business today. The next step is a flow-enabled
web to support both mass market and
enterprise processes. The OGCs track record
of managing large-scale, user-focused activities and the WfMCs
leadership in process and workflow are well matched for success in this
endeavor.

The OGC® is an international consortium of
more than 365 companies, government agencies, research organizations,
and universities participating in a consensus process to develop
publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS®
Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web,
wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards
empower technology developers to make geospatial information and
services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be
geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org.

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