Martin Daly, Technical Director, Cadcorp has been awarded with this year’s Kenneth D. Gardels Award by the Open GIS Consortium (OGC).

In recognition of his many contributions to the development of OpenGIS Specifications and to the advancement of the vision of interoperable geoprocessing, Martin Daly, Technical Director, Cadcorp has been awarded with this year’s Kenneth D. Gardels Award by the Open GIS Consortium (OGC).

The solid gold, boxed medal was presented in Southampton, England on 17th June 2004 by Dr Mike Jackson, an OGC Director. The award constitutes the highest recognition of technical achievement, vision and leadership that can be bestowed upon an individual by the OGC. Daly now joins a small, elite group of GIS technical professionals from around the world who have been thus honoured.

Martin Daly, right, receiving the award, (image courtesy of Ordnance Survey)

Notably, this is the first time the Gardels Award has been given to a European. Quoting from the citation written by David Schell, President of OGC: “This award is intended to commend your vision and leadership within the OGC specification process, your remarkable and successful efforts in the area of compliance testing, and your contribution to demonstrating the usability of OGC specifications and architecture concepts to underwrite the capabilities of a comprehensive commercial product offering … your work has been truly exemplary of the creativity and dedication that characterised the spirit on which OGC was founded”.

Since 1997 Cadcorp has been heavily involved in the activity of the OGC, and has contributed to several of the OpenGIS Implementation Specifications that have been developed. At the time of writing, Cadcorp has more implementations of OGC standards than any other vendor, and the highest number of OGC certified-compliant implementations, (10), all of which are built-in as standard across the Cadcorp GIS software range.

Martin was the main author and is the editor of the OpenGIS Coordinate Transformation Services Specification and he participated in developing several other OpenGIS implementation specifications. He wrote the compliance tests for the Grid Coverages and Coordinate Transformation Services specifications. Under his technical direction, he placed high priority on OGC work, and he made sure that Cadcorp rapidly implemented OpenGIS Specifications in products and tested the products for compliance.

David Schell, OGC's President and CEO, stated, "Martin's achievement is particularly important at this time as OGC addresses the next vital phase of its strategic mission, a phase driven and characterized by product implementation, testing and user uptake."

“We are naturally delighted with Martin’s award. It is excellent recognition of the great deal of effort he has made in contributing to the development, testing and commercial implementation of OpenGIS standards. He has a great appreciation of what is important to the user, integrating this into the software, providing the most casual of users access to incredibly powerful tools.

Martin will always help with simple or complex problems, advice is given with good humour and nature, even though he is someone of whom much is demanded” stated Mike O’Neil, Managing Director, Cadcorp. “Cadcorp’s membership of and commitment to the OGC is central to our technical development work. The Gardels Award is a further demonstration of our commitment to interoperability”, he added.

About the Kenneth D. Gardels Award

The award is given annually in memory of Kenneth Gardels, one of the founding Directors 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. He died in 1999.

About the OGC

The OGC is an international industry consortium of more than 250 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geoenable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at

About Cadcorp

Established in 1991, Cadcorp is a leading developer of digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software. With offices in the UK, USA and Australia, Cadcorp's distribution and VAR network stretches worldwide. The company also plays a pivotal technical role in the Open GIS Consortium. Inc®. The Cadcorp SIS - Spatial Information System product range is fully integrated digital mapping and GIS software that uses OpenGIS® certified compliant interfaces. Cadcorp is an ISO9001:2000 certified company, an Ordnance Survey Licenced Partner and also holds an S-CAT agreement for category 15, GIS Software.

Cadcorp SIS applications exist in local government, central government, emergency services, insurance, oil & natural gas, mapping and surveying, commerce, utilities and many other markets.


For further information, contact: Richard Rollins, Tel: (44) 1438 747996.