Has the US Air Force not heard of OGC?

Andrew Turner pointed to this announcement by USAF Academy of a sole sourcing opt out of competitive tender for GI software here

This bit got my attention. “Software standardization between the 10th CES, DFEG, and the entire USAFA is extremely critical. Compatibility allows GIS data sharing between all agencies on the USAFA will continue to support GIS development in the future. Award of this contract to another contractor would jeopardize the performance of our mission by making all of the existing GIS data non-usable.”

And I thought ESRI were a platinum corporate super supporter of OGC and interoperability standards!

The contract is rated at up to $25m. Vendor lockin can be very profitable.

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