Standardization Sites

Interesting links to standardization sites

International organizations

ISO/TC 211 "Geographic information / Geomatics" (ISO/TC 211)
International standardization for geographic information

Joint Technical Committee (ISO/IEC JTC1)
Jointly led by ISO and IEC (electrotechnical standards); responsable for all standards in computer science

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Most important industry consortium for geographic information

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites(CEOS)
Civil remote sensing activities

IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
Expert group of remote sensing with a background in electrotechnical engineering

International Cartographic Organization (ICA)

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Industry consortium working on most of the Internet standards

EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset
This group publishes the most comprehensive coding system for coordinate reference systems

Defence Geospatial Information Working Group (DGIWG)
GIS-group of NATO and some other countries (military applications)

International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
Hydrographical charts and safety in navigation

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Air navigation

International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
Surveying and cadastre

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
Mainly commercial group promoting global spatial data infrastructures

UN Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG)
UN-group to promote the use of geographic information


Regional activities

CEN/TC 287 "Geographic information"
European standardization of geographic information (CEN = Comité Européen de Normalisation)

Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Research centre of the European Union with focus on remote sensing and spatial data infrastructures

The Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE)
This projects is steering the development of the European spatial data infrastructure

European Spatial Data Research (EuroSDR)
Expert group representing national governments and universities, mainly in photogrammetry and GIS
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European Geographics (EuroGeographics)
Expert group representing national governments and universities, mainly in cartography and coordinate reference systems

Joint Research Centre (EUROGI)
European umbrella organisation for geographic information


National standardization bodies

Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación (AENOR)

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR)

Austrian Standards Institute (ON)

British Standards Institute (BSI)

Czech Standards Institute (CSI)

Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN)

Hellenic Organization for Standardization (ELOT)

State Committee of the Russian Federation for Standardization (GOST)

Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación (ICONTEC)

Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC)

Korea Agency for Technology and Standards

Hungarian Standards Institute (MSZT)

Nederlands Normalisatie-Instituut (NEN)

Standardization in Norway (NSF)

South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

Standardization Administration of China (SAC)

Standards Australia (SAI)

Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

Finnish Standards Association (SFS)

Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV)

Standards New Zealand (SNZ)

Slovak Standards Institute (SUTN)



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