IPE and OGC collaborate on the development and delivery of GIS-related educational materials and classes focused on the advancement of interoperability in the geospatial community.

The joint work of the Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC) and the Institute for Professional Education (IPE) has already impacted the geospatial interoperability landscape. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier this year, IPE and OGC agreed to collaborate on the development and delivery of GIS-related educational materials and classes focused on the advancement of interoperability in the geospatial community.

Global Science & Technology (GST) Inc. is an OGC member and partner with IPE in the delivery of the Geospatial Interoperability training. GST developed and conducted the courses, which are offered several times throughout the year. One class introduces technical managers to the value and utility of open source standards in technology program development and acquisition. The other addresses the needs of software engineers in implementing OGC-based solutions.

Lee Meeks of General Dynamics, who attended the Geospatial Interoperability for Managers class, described the class as an "outstanding seminar." He appreciated the instructors' "knowledge, focus, demeanor and interaction " Terri Betancourt of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), who attended the Geospatial Interoperability for Software Engineers class, noted, "We couldn't have had a more informed and more expert set of instructors and the level of knowledge shared was of the highest degree."

To register or find out more about either course, visit www.ipeseminars.org, or call IPE at 703.527.8700.

The Institute for Professional Education, (IPE), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1975 by a group of senior technical and managerial professionals, provides advanced, post graduate level professional development seminars in the fields of statistics, research, simulation, forecasting and management.

Source: OGC, Nov. 19, 2003

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