52° North GmbH is an SME that forms the back office and service centre of an international research and development network aiming at fostering the process of innovation in the field of geoinformatics. This network is driven by leading research organizations and individuals of the international GIS community. Partners participate in the development of innovative technologies and their transformation into practical solutions.
Principal participants and shareholders of the 52° North GmbH are: con terra - Gesellschaft für Angewandte Informationstechnologie mbH, Münster (Germany), International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede (The Netherlands), Institute for Geoinformatics in University of Muenster (Germany), and Environmental Systems Research Institute, ESRI Inc., Redlands (California, USA). The participants have a long and outstanding record in the domain of geoinformatics, spatio-temporal modelling, spatial data infrastructures, software architectures, and stan dardisation processes. 52° North and its participants are actively involved and leading the OGC standardisation process for web based geoprocessing (Chair of the OGC WPS 2.0 Standards Working Group), sensor web enablement (Chair of the SOS 2.0 OGC Standards Working Group) and digital rights management (Chair of the OGC GeoRM 1.0 Standards Working Group) as well as in INSPIRE drafting teams.
The 52° North GmbH is a company limited by shares, which acts as a non-profit organization manifested in its statutes. The company's annual surplus is invested in the promotion of science and research, education and training in the field of geoinformatics, the promotion of mutual transfer of knowledge between research and practical application, and the improvement of the availability of geoinformation technology and technology competence in developing and transformation countries. Currently, 52N has 9 employees. Being a small enterprise itself, 52N makes use of (personnel) resources provided by its participant organizations in order to form an optimal team of highly specialized experts for any given project.
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52° North will work on design of integrated quality enable systems for GEOSS and on smart search and quality visualisation.
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Simon Jirka works as community leader for the sensor web group of 52° North. He is employed as a research associate at the Institute for Geoinformatics (IfGI) of the University of Muenster and holds a master degree in geoinformatics. He is currently working on his Ph.D. His research activities focus on discovery mechanisms for sensor networks and on the simulation of autonomous sensor behaviour. At IfGI Simon Jirka is the internal project manager of the EU-funded project GENESIS, in which IfGI deals with the development of an interoperable architecture for sensor networks; he is the work package leader for the technology research activities. He was the internal project manager at IfGI of the FP6 project OSIRIS. In addition, he is also involved in the Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) initiative in OGC.
Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma is professor at the institute for geoinformatics (IfGI) at the University of Muenster , one of the principal participants of 52° North, and is in that role part of the steering and advisory board of 52° North. He is leading the geostatistics community, an emerging community in 52° North that focuses on the modelling and statistical analysis of spatio-temporal data, and quantitative expression and visualisation of data accuracy, control of data quality, error propagation, and integration of in situ sensing data from fixed or mobile sensors with earth observation (remote sensing) data.
Daniel Nüst is a research consultant and senior developer at 52°North. Daniel is actively participating in the development of SWE standards. He designed and implemented client and server components for the Sensor Web and participated in the EC projects OSIRIS and GENESIS. His research interests include sensor networks, sensor catalogues and geographic visualization.
Arne de Wall, Holger Hopmann, and Christian Autermann are student assistants respectively interns at 52°North. They work on the implementation of quality-aware visualisation clients and server components.