David Danko Receives OGC’s Gardels Award

ogcAt the June meeting of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, David Danko received the OGC’s 11th annual Kenneth D. Gardels Award. The Gardels Award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the OGC vision of complete integration of geospatial information and services into the world’s information systems. Danko helped draft the OGC abstract specification for metadata and has long chaired the Metadata Working Group. He has played a key role in developing and maintaining a working relationship between the OGC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC 211. Since 1996 he has made important contributions in numerous other key Technical Committee activities, including the Documentation Subcommittee, the OGC Review Board, and the Mass Market, Defense and Intelligence, and Catalog working groups. He also represents ESRI in the Planning Committee. In all committees and working groups, Danko has consistently set a high standard for serious, mature and professional input.

Mark Reichardt, president and CEO of OGC, said, “Dave is never afraid to ask the tough questions and he consistently provides good and unbiased judgment of others’ ideas. He can be counted on to challenge conventional wisdom and lead groups in searching for new and creative solutions to difficult or complex issues. Dave is a valued participant in the vigorous and open-minded dialog that is critical to the OGC consensus process.”

The Gardels Award is given annually in memory of Kenneth Gardels, a founding director of OGC and OGC’s former director of academic
programs. Mr. Gardels coined the term “Open GIS,” and devoted his life to the humane and democratic uses of geographic information systems until he died in 1999.

OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 385 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and
universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS Specifications support
interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location services, and mainstream IT. They empower developers to make
complex spatial information and services useful with all kinds of applications.

WeatherBug: Enhanced Weather Data Feed for Comprehensive Real-Time GIS Intelligence

weatherbugIntegration of Lightning Data from the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network Enables Advanced Prediction and Forecasting of Severe Weather Events

WeatherBug, the leading provider of live, local weather information and services for consumer and professional users, announced today the integration of lightning data from the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network into its GIS Data Services product. WeatherBug GIS Data Services enables clients to integrate live weather data into an existing geographical decision platform to create a comprehensive real-time GIS environment and common operating picture. WeatherBug GIS Data Services is easily integrated into ESRI platforms such as ArcGIS, ArcExplorer and ArcIMS, in addition to Google Earth, WebEOC and other OGC standard products.

The WeatherBug Total Lightning Network (WTLN) is the first and only nationwide network designed specifically to detect and deliver comprehensive intracloud (IC) and cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning. IC detection is critical for the advanced prediction and forecasting of severe weather phenomena such as tornadoes, damaging downburst winds, and deadly CG lightning that often occurs within 5 to 30 minutes of IC flash initiation. The WeatherBug Total Lightning Network of broadband high frequency lightning sensors is currently the largest lightning sensor network in existence today, providing unparalleled density and system redundancies for detection accuracy.

“The integration of the total lightning data layer into the weather feed for GIS Data Services provides clients with the true, real-time weather visibility necessary to make critical emergency and operational decisions,” said Chris Sloop, Chief Technology Officer of WeatherBug. “During a severe weather event, variables can change every second so it is extremely important that professionals have access to real-time weather from an integrated network when making decisions that safeguard lives and protect assets. The availability of both IC and CG lightning data within a GIS environment provides an enhanced weather layer with granular visibility into a severe weather event.”

In addition to the lightning data, WeatherBug GIS Data Services includes:

  • Current Surface Weather Plots and Contours
  • Forecast Surface Weather
  • Radar and Satellite
  • Tropical Weather
  • Severe Weather Alerts

Integrating live weather data into GIS-based platforms centralizes the information necessary to improve command center operations and provide the intelligence necessary for quick and confident decisions. WeatherBug, an ESRI Business Partner and recipient of the 2007 ESRI New Business Partner Award, will be present at the 2009 ESRI International User Conference at the San Diego Convention Center, July 14-17, 2009, located in the Public Safety Showcase, Booth #P1840. Additional information for WeatherBug GIS Data Services and WTLN can be found at weatherbugprofessional.com.