ISO Technical Committee 211 (ISO TC 211), Geographic information/Geomatics, is the international forum for development of geographic information standards. The ISO TC 211 Secretariat has received the list of U.S. delegates to its 28th plenary and meetings, scheduled for May 25-29, 2009.
The U.S. Delegation includes personnel from the FGDC and FGDC member agencies National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Geological Survey. It also includes personnel from private industry.
Key meetings are:
New work item for Revision of ISO 19115:2003, Geographic information - Metadata
New work item for Data quality
Editing committees for:
- ISO 19144-2, Geographic information - Classification Systems – Part 2: Land Cover Classification System LCCS
- ISO 19103, Geographic information - Conceptual Schema Language (Revision of ISO/TS 19103:2005)
- ISO 19148, Geographic information - Linear Referencing Systems
About ISO TC 211
Office of Management and the Budget (OMB) Circular A-119 directs Federal agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in lieu of government-unique standards and to participate in voluntary consensus standards bodies, whenever possible. OMB Circular A-119 provides Executive Branch guidance to Federal agencies on the implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) of 1996 (P.L. 104-133).
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the U.S. member body of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. ANSI is a non-governmental organization that describes itself as the “voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system.”
Widespread implementation of standards developed through ANSI and ISO promote data sharing at international and national levels. This benefits Federal and non-Federal agencies alike.
ANSI has accredited the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standard (INCITS) to develop standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). INCITS Technical Committee L1, Geographic information systems (INCITS L1 for short), is the means by which the U.S. participates in ANSI and ISO standardization activities in geographic information.
Point of contact
Ms. Julie Binder Maitra, FGDC Secretariat, jmaitra [at] fgdc.gov, (703) 648-4627. Ms. Maitra is the International Representative for INCITS L1.