August 6, 2010

Blue Marble’s Minor Appointed Chair of the CRS Working Group for OGC

Gardiner, Maine — Blue Marble Geographics ( is pleased to announce that Victor Minor, Chief Technology Officer has been appointed chair of the Coordinate Reference System Working Group of the Open Geospatial Consortium. The annual meetings of the OGC were held in Silver Springs, Maryland the week of June 14th, 2010.

The Coordinate Reference System (CRS) Domain Working Group develops strategies for encoding earth coordinate reference systems and transformations between those coordinate reference systems. This group also addresses units of measure. The group has worked consistently on the joint OGC-ISO Document 19111 – Spatial Referencing by Coordinates. Domain Working Groups (DWG or WG) provide a forum for discussion of key interoperability requirements and issues, discussion and review of implementation specifications, and presentations on key technology areas relevant to solving geospatial interoperability issues. Minor’s focus is to address issues of data quality specifications and meta data issues and to foster a working relationship with the OGC, 1Spatial and other organizations. Minor also has held the position of Chair of the Open Geospatial’s Consortium’s Data Quality Working Group in 2009.

“Blue Marble is pleased to donate our time to assist with this important working group,” stated Blue Marble President Patrick Cunningham. “Geospatial data is fundamentally flawed if it is not accurately referenced; maintaining a high level of positioning integrity is a challenge for many users and providers of geospatial data. The OGC is a resource for correctly addressing these issues.”

About Blue Marble Geographics: Blue Marble Geographics of Gardiner, Maine is a leading developer and provider of geographic software products that provide sensible solutions for users and developers of geographic data. Blue Marble has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for over 17 years and currently serves hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. Learn more at

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Kris Berglund
Blue Marble Geographics

Gardiner, ME, USA

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