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July 30th, 2008
Sparx Systems Modeling Tools Adopted by ISO Geospatial Community

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PR — At its 26th Plenary Meeting held at Copenhagen in May 2008, the
ISO/TC 211 Technical Committee decided to maintain its geospatial
reference models using Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect – an
industry leading modeling tool for UML and related standards. ISO/TC
211’s decision was based upon recommendation of its Harmonized Model
Maintenance Group (HMMG), following an earlier decision to develop
future reference models using the latest UML 2 specification.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s
largest developer and publisher of International Standards. The
ISO/TC 211 technical committee "aims to establish a structured set of
standards for information concerning objects or phenomena that are
directly or indirectly associated with a location relative to the
Earth". The HMMG was created to maintain all ISO19100 family models
for use by the members of the ISO/TC 211 community in the creation of
"In choosing Enterprise Architect, the HMMG considered the cost to
users, the need to interact within the Technical Committee across
development project boundaries, and the ability to support and
interact with implementors of the standards. In the end and based on
functionality and cost, Enterprise Architect was the only feasible
choice," said John Herring, Chair of the HMMG.
An active participant in key standards forums such as the Object
Management Group (OMG), Sparx Systems was one of the first modeling
tool vendors to provide UML 2 support. The company’s continued
responsiveness to its growing customer base and aggressive product
development cycle in support of open standards, has positioned Sparx
Systems as a leading vendor in the modeling tools space.
"It has been a pleasure working with the HMMG in realizing this
outcome," said Ken Harkin of Sparx Systems. "It reflects a strong
trend by standards bodies, including UN/CEFACT, the ASC X12, OGC and
many others, to use Enterprise Architect as a preferred tool for
building and storing reference models."
Enterprise Architect version 7.1 is available for download and
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About ISO
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s
largest developer and publisher of International Standards.
ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157
countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in
Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.
ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between
the public and private sectors. On the one hand, many of its member
institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries,
or are mandated by their government. On the other hand, other members
have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up
by national partnerships of industry associations.
Therefore, ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that
meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of
About Sparx Systems
Sparx Systems ( specializes in high performance
and scalable visual modeling tools for the planning, design and
construction of software intensive systems.
With customers in industries ranging from aerospace and automotive
engineering to finance, defense, government, entertainment and
telecommunications, Sparx Systems is a leading vendor of innovative
solutions based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and its
related specifications. A Contributing Member of the Object
Management Group (OMG), Sparx Systems is committed to realizing the
potential of model-driven development based on open standards.
The company’s flagship product, Enterprise Architect, has received
numerous accolades since its commercial release in August, 2000. Now
at version 7.1, Enterprise Architect is the design tool of choice for
over 150,000 registered users world-wide.


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