In recognition of their commitment towards upgrading the levels of services and the quality of statistical information, the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has become the first Omani Government organization to join The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as a Technical Member.
Commenting on the membership, En. Hassan bin Alawy Al-Gazaly – Acting Director General of the Directorate of Spatial Geographical Information said, “Gaining membership with the OGC reflects the successes of Oman on international level in regards to open spatial data. It is also an international recognition of the developments the Sultanate has achieved in this field. NCSI provides statistical services to all sectors of society in Oman as well as international organizations, and provides economic, social and environmental statistics of the highest quality by adhering to global standards of excellence.”
“The membership with OGC allows for spatial data sharing among government organizations, as well as the establishment of the National Geographic Information Infrastructure Program in Oman, which will be implemented according to agreed global standards. The membership will also allow NCSI to benefit from the experiences of the other member organizations in OGC, especially in the areas of enhancing quality standards, consultation when preparing new standards related to spatial data, and most importantly developing the skills of Omanis. This will be achieved by NCSI participation in training courses, as well as NCSI representing Oman in regular meetings of the technical committees.” He added.
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 500 members from all around the world representing government agencies, research organizations, private companies and universities, participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.