OGC API overview and Implementation

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Noon (12PM) US Eastern Time
George Percivall, CTO, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Nadine Alameh, CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Sponsored by GRSS


OGC API overview and Implementation

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In this session, OGC’s CTO, George Percivall, will share how the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is evolving its standards baseline for accessing geospatial/location information via OGC APIs. The OGC API family of standards is being developed to make it easy to provide geospatial data to the web. They build on the OGC Web Service standards (WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS, etc) but define resource-centric APIs that take advantage of modern web development practices.

If you have an application or a use case that requires integration of geospatial information including remote sensed data, this is your opportunity to learn about the latest, simplest and most interoperable way to do that! Learn how the APIs enable multiple location technologies to function seamlessly to reduce development time, accelerate integration of heterogeneous resources and improve cross-system or resource interoperability. OGC is making location information Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) for agency and industry benefits.

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George Percivall serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Engineer of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

As CTO he is responsible for working with OGC members to ensure a strategic technology focus across OGC Programs in support of the strategic vision set forth by the OGC Board of Directors. He leads the OGC Technology Forecasting activity and its coordination with the Geospatial CTO Roundtable. As Chief Engineer, he promotes consistent and sound architectures including an emphasis on innovation and emerging technology and chairs the OGC Architecture Board.

Prior to joining OGC, Mr. Percivall was Chief Engineer with Hughes Aircraft for NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) – Landsat/Terra release; Principal engineer for NASA’s Digital Earth Office; and represented NASA in OGC, ISO and CEOS. He was Director of the GST’s Geospatial Interoperability Group. Previously, he led developments in Intelligent Transportation Systems with the US Automated Highway Consortium and General Motors Systems Engineering including the EV1 program. He began his career with Hughes as a Control System Engineer on GOES/GMS satellites. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana.


Dr. Nadine Alameh serves as OGC’s Chief Executive Office (CEO), and is responsible for creating and integrating the strategic direction and business plans of the Consortium in partnership with the OGC Board, members and staff.

Dr. Alameh is a seasoned technical and business professional with a contagious passion for interoperable information exchange, technology & process innovation, and working with diverse motivated teams! Dr. Alameh is no stranger to OGC. From 2009 to 2014, she was Director, then Executive Director of OGC’s Interoperability Program, leading initiatives in various domains including earth observation, aviation, public safety and defense.

Prior to rejoining OGC in 2019, Dr. Alameh was Northrop Grumman’s Chief Architect for Innovation Strategy – Civil Solutions Division. And before that, she ran a couple of small businesses: an international business delivering information management solutions in the Aviation sector; and a consulting business focusing on addressing geospatial interoperability issues for the US federal government.

Dr. Alameh is a graduate of MIT with a PhD in Computer and Information Systems Engineering, a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Masters in City Planning – all with specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).