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January 14, 2015
Scott Serich Appointed OGC Director, Interoperability Programs

Jan. 14, 2015—The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announces that it has appointed Dr. Scott Serich as Director, Interoperability Programs. Dr. Serich will support OGC’s participation in the Project Interoperability initiative sponsored by the U.S. Government Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), an OGC member.

Project Interoperability develops recommendations and guidance on an interoperability framework to improve interoperability at all levels of government in the US. The ISE Interoperability Framework (I2F) includes several cross-cutting or “inherent” threads including cybersecurity, integrated credentials and access management, device independence and geospatial.  OGC is working with many partner Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and professional associations involved in this effort including the IJIS Institute, the Object Management Group (OMG®), Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and others. The OGC brings geospatial expertise and proven interoperability processes to the overall effort.

“Dr. Serich brings tremendous perspectives to the OGC,” explained OGC’s Chief Engineer, George Percivall. “Not only does Scott have a sustained passion for open interoperability but he also adds a new perspective on OGC staff for the justice and law enforcement domains where geography is often a key determinant.”

Before joining OGC, Dr. Serich was the Lead Technical Architect at the IJIS Institute, where he led the Prescription Drug Monitoring Information eXchange (PMIX) interoperability project, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Serich became a member of the broader OGC community in 2011, when he used knowledge gained from the OGC Interoperability Program Testbed 8 effort to lay a foundation for the nascent IJIS Institute Springboard Program. He led the development of the Springboard conformance testing and certification program capabilities for PMIX and the OASIS LegalXML Electronic Court Filing standard.

Dr. Serich earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Michigan and a JD from Concord Law School. He is a registered patent agent and holds certifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Health Level 7 (HL7). He also holds a faculty appointment at Drexel University.

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.

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