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Fall 2009
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OGC Recognizes Esri's Commitment to Standards and Interoperability

The power of the Web to reach anywhere in the world for content rests on standard protocols that enable diverse computer technologies to form a single community. Because of this, Esri has a long-standing commitment to standards and interoperability in the geospatial realm. Esri has maintained a leadership role as a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), Board of Directors and the Planning and Technical committees and has been a participant in numerous test processes, pilot projects, and specification products published by OGC.

Esri's commitment to standards and interoperability was recognized at the June meeting of OGC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, David Danko, Esri's manager of GIS standards, received OGC's 11th annual Kenneth D. Gardels Award. The Gardels Award is given to individuals who have advanced OGC's vision of complete integration of geospatial information and services into the world's information systems.

Danko helped draft the OGC abstract specification for metadata that played a key role in developing and maintaining a working relationship between OGC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/TC 211. Since 1996, he has made important contributions in numerous other key technical committee activities, including the Documentation Subcommittee; the OGC Review Board; and the Mass Market, Defense and Intelligence, and Catalog working groups.

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