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Intergraph Supports OGC Web Services Phase 2 Initiative (OWS-2)

Intergraph Continues Interoperability Advancement through Participation in Interop Initiative

Development Begins for OGC Web Services Phase 2 (OWS-2) Initiative Aimed to Extend Enterprise Interoperability

Huntsville, AL, USA. March 22, 2004.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions today announced it has been selected by the Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) to participate in the OGC Web Services Phase 2 Initiative (OWS-2). Intergraph, along with OGC and other selected technology providers, will develop and enhance OGC Web Services standards that enable the easy discovery, access and use of geographic data and geoprocessing services.

The OWS-2 builds on previous OGC initiatives and extends OpenGIS Specifications for interfaces, schemas and encodings into a complete interoperability framework to facilitate data exchange and data sharing within multi-vendor enterprises and among organizations. The initiative is intended to further enhance collaboration and communication for geoprocessing solutions in government and business.

"We continue to make major investments in supporting enterprisewide interoperability and the OGC standards that propel data sharing and data exchange," said Fiona Hopkinson, Interoperability Program Manager, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions. "We are pleased to promote this new OGC-sponsored initiative as Web services can bring immediate tangible benefits to our customers, including making spatial data available to a broader community and protecting an organization's investment in existing spatial data."

Kurt Buehler, OGC CTO and Lead for the OWS-2 initiative, notes, "I am pleased to have Intergraph and the other OWS-2 participants on board for this very important initiative. Intergraph has been a long-time and active member of the Consortium, and I look forward to their leadership and contributions toward the goals and objectives of OWS-2."

For the OWS-2 testbed, Intergraph will aid in development efforts for nearly all of the OWS-2 threads. Specifically, Intergraph will engineer efforts for the development of GML 2.1 and GML 3 application schemas and maturing standards for location-based services interfaces. Additional testbed development activities will include the extension of Intergraph software to support the latest approved versions of OGC Web Service specifications and demonstrating the interoperability of Intergraph's client and server software components with other testbed participants.

As a founding and Strategic member of OGC, Intergraph currently supports the organization's existing standards - Web Map Services (WMS), Web Feature Services (WFS), Web Registry Server (WRS), Geography Markup Language (GML), Image Archive and OGC Catalog (V1.1) services - through integrated interfaces available in its solutions based on GeoMedia(r) technology. The company also provides a stand-alone WMS Viewer component ( with integrated WMS, WRS and OGC Catalog Service interfaces. Intergraph also provides free GeoMedia Viewer (, which can view WFS and GML sources by using add-on WFS and GML data servers available on Intergraph's free interoperability extensions page (

Intergraph has participated in previous OGC testbeds, including GeoSpatial One-Stop Portal Initiative (GOS-PI), GeoSpatial One-Stop Transportation Pilot (GOS-TP), Open Web Services, Military Pilot Project (MPP), Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI), Open Location Services (OpenLS), Conformance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE) and the original Web Mapping Testbed (WMT). For more information on the OWS-2 initiative, visit Information about Intergraph's interoperability initiatives can be found at

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions is a leading geospatial solutions provider for the following markets: local, state and federal government; transportation; utilities; communications; location-based services; photogrammetry; remote sensing; cartography; and military and intelligence. For more information, visit


Rita Roberts
Media Relations
Tel: +1-256-730-1430


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also the announcement for the OWS-2 launch and references to previous OGC Web Services Initiatives. General references in "Geography Markup Language (GML)."

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