ESRI is pleased to announce that David M. Danko, manager of GIS standards, was recently honored by the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) with its Merit Award for his work in developing spatial data standards.
Established in 1992, INCITS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop standards for information technology; the L1 committee develops standards for geographic information. The U.S. national standard for geographic information, the Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS), became an ANSI-INCITS standard through INCITS/L1. In presenting the award, Lynn Barra, associate director, Standards Operations, said of Danko, âINCITS would like to recognize your excellent work on the INCITS/L1 technical committee.Your leadership, broad knowledge of standards, and dedication are keys to the success of the geographic standards both nationally and internationally in ISO/TC 211. Most notable are your contributions to the development of ISO/IEC 19115:2003, IS/CD 19115-2, and ISO/DTS 19139. Your input and guidance on important issues reflect your tremendous skills and commitment to the committeeâs program of work.âDanko's longtime involvement in developing spatial data standards allows input from ESRI in the development and adoption of U.S. national standards as well as participation in the ISO/ TC 211 standards development. ESRI has been a member of INCITS/L1 for about 10 years.Commenting on his work, Danko said, âIâm currently the cochair of the group developing the North American Profile for Geospatial Metadata. We're working with the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), Natural Resources Canada, and others to develop a replacement for the existing FGDC Metadata Standard.This will ultimately become both a U.S. and Canadian national standard that will be based on the ISO standard. It will help promote interoperability globally, specifically between the United States and Canada and, hopefully, someday Mexico."
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