The Hungarian RSO, Károly Róbert College, Gyöngyös became the first institution from Hungary having membership in OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium). HUNAGI (the Hungarian Association for Geo- Information) will provide assistance in dissemination and related joint actions. The membership became effective in May 2012.
The U.A.E. Ministry of the Interior, represented by Abu Dhabi Police GIS Center for Security, has become a Principal Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to chair a new, planned international OGC Law Enforcement and Public Safety Working Group.
To support the current trend toward more global participation in the OGC’s open standards process, the OGC has responded to requests for a fee structure that gives certain categories of organizations discounts based on their country of registration. These categories include government, academic, research, not-for-profit, individuals, and some for-profit organizations. Discounts are based on world economic indicator data compiled and published by the World Bank.
Geospatial science has carved a niche for itself within not only the technology circle and decision makers, but with a number of new user segments as well. In fact, it would be apt to call it as Geospatial Industry, as it has evolved its own ecosystem and has been spreading its reach to contribute to other technologies and application sectors.