OGC requests implementations for compliance testing, offers free licenses

December 20, 2013 -- The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) requests implementations of the following OGC standardsto be used in validating beta compliance tests: 

OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) 3.2.1
OGC OWS Context (OWC) 1.0 (pending)
OGC Sensor Model Language (SensorML) 1.0.1
OGC Sensor Observation Service (SOS) 2.0
OGC Sensor Planning Service (SPS) 2.0
OGC Web Coverage Service - Earth Observation Profile 1.0 (pending)
OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) 2.0.1
OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) 2.0
OGC Web Map Service (WMS) - Client 1.3.0
OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) 1.0.0
OGC Web Processing Service (WPS) 1.0.0

The OGC Compliance Program provides an online free  testing facility, a process for certification and branding of OGC  compliant products, and coordination of a vibrant  community that develops and supports test scripts. Organizations that want to verify their implementations of OGC standards or that are seeking OGC certification use the compliance tests available in the testing facility. Before the tests are made available to the public, however, they must be validated against implementations. The  beta testing web site and the CITE Roadmap provide more details about the tests that are currently in beta. 

Submitters of the first three implementations to pass the test for a particular standard, while the test is in beta, will have their trademark license fees waived for one year. This applies to both proprietary and open source implementations. Organizations are encouraged to offer their implementations as  reference implementations. A reference implementation is software that exemplifies proper implementation of a standard and is free and publicly available for testing via a web service or download.

Developers must register their intent to submit implementations by  16 April 2013. OGC expects the implementations and new revisions of the tests to be ready by May 2013.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact: Luis Bermudez, OGC Director of Interoperability Certification, lbermudez AT opengeospatial.org.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 480 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at  http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact/

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