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September 28, 2015
OGC supports American Geographical Society Geography 2050 Fall Symposium

September 28, 2015 — The OGC is a partner with the American Geographical Society and the Earth Institute in presenting the American Geographical Society (AGS) Fall Symposium, “Geography 2050: Exploring Our Future in an Urbanized World”. The symposium will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 8:00 AM – Friday, November 20, 2015 9:45 PM (Eastern Time). Hosted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the two-day event will take place in the historic Low Library, site of the Pulitzer Prize Award Ceremony, and the Roone Arledge Auditorium.

This Symposium offers an opportunity for professionals in industry, government, academia, and the social sector as well as members of the general public to come together to think collectively about the rapid urbanization of the world’s population. Speakers and attendees will examine how geography, geographic thinking, and geospatial data and technologies will enable us to address this major trend proactively.

Join other thought leaders from academe, industry, government, and the social sector who care about the future geography of our cities. The preliminary program for this year's Urban Habitat theme has been released on the Geography 2050 website.

This year’s speakers include

  • Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN Habitat
  • Ms. Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, New York City Mayor’s Office
  • Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director,  The Earth Institute

The Symposium will address topics including:

  • Populations, Shifting  Identity, and Well Being;
  • Climate, Risk and   Opportunity;
  • The Future Energy Landscape;
  • The Emerging Geography of the  Internet of Things; and
  • Investment, Law and Policy

For more information on the Symposium, including registration options, go to .

"The Open Geospatial Consortium is proud to support this important forward-looking dialog in partnership with the Symposium's other partners and sponsors," said Mark Reichardt, OGC's President and CEO. "Through this exploration of how geography, spatial thinking and geospatial information and technology can help humanity deal with rapid urbanization, scientists and policy makers as well as technology providers and consensus standards organizations like OGC have the opportunity to anticipate and include important requirements into their plans and their development activities."

Since 1851, AGS has been a leading advocate for geography in the United States and around the world. The Society promotes the use of geography in business, government, science, and education. The mission of AGS is to advance geographic knowledge and the recognition of its importance in the contemporary world. The goal is to enhance the nation’s geographic literacy so as to engender sound public policy, national security, and human well-being worldwide. AGS stands for explicit recognition of the geospatial and temporal contexts that shape the real world and influence how it works. The Society maintains its headquarters in New York City, New York. For more information on AGS go to

The OGC® is an international geospatial standards consortium of more than 515 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

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