Foursquare joins Open Geospatial Consortium

As a Technical Member, Foursquare will help advance the development of best practices in data quality, data privacy, and data visualization.

Foursquare is excited to announce that we have joined the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as a Technical Member. 

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that ‘geo-enable’ the Web, mainstream IT, wireless and location-based services. The standards also empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible within any application that needs geo-enhanced features. 

As a Technical Member, Foursquare will help advance the development of standards and best practices for data quality, data privacy, and data visualization. Another area of collaboration that the team is particularly excited about is around next generation geospatial data formats, such as GeoParquet, which will enable users to work more efficiently with ever larger geospatial datasets.

Foursquare continues to invest in standards that drive innovation for geospatial analytics technologies, as well as open source software. Foursquare engineers work as leading contributors on a wide range of geospatial open source projects, notably including industry-spanning analytics and visualization projects such as H3, deck.gl, and kepler.gl

In addition, Foursquare is a main contributor to the loaders.gl framework, which implements web-based loaders for dozens of geospatial data formats, including many formats already standardized by the OGC, such as WKB, WKT, KML, GeoPackage, I3S, 3D Tiles etc.

In short, Foursquare’s geospatial platform supports a number of formats standardized by the OGC, and we hope to continue to grow this list in the future. 

Foursquare is proud to announce our engagement with OGC, which nicely complements our open source work with the Linux Foundation and the OpenJS foundation.