[OGC Press Release] Software Developers Leverage Online OGC Compliance Testing Capability

OGC Press Release announce at opengis.org
Fri Feb 20 13:57:20 EST 2004


For information about this announcement, contact:

Mark Reichardt
Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption
Open GIS Consortium, Inc
tel: +1-301-840-1361

Wayland, Mass., February 20, 2004 - Open GIS Consortium Inc. (OGC)
members have implemented a new, automated compliance testing process to
validate compliance for software products that implement OpenGIS®
Specifications. Since last fall's launch of the Compliance and
Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE) project, dozens of
organizations have used this process, resulting in ten products earning
the use of the "Certified OGC Compliant" mark. OGC compliance
certification is an important milestone for software providers, as it
assures users that products properly implement OpenGIS

The OGC compliance website (http://www.opengis.org/resources/?page=testing)
provides automated tests for Web Map Service
1.1.1 (WMS) and Web Feature Service 1.0 (WFS), and a Geography Markup
Language (GML) validation tool with links to reference implementations.
Developers that successfully test for specification compliance can apply
for formal OGC certification. Once granted, developers can affix the
"Certified OGC Compliant" seal on their products and marketing materials.

Martin Daly, technical director of Cadcorp, a company with 10 compliant
products among its offerings, used the automated testing procedures to
certify that three products comply with WMS and WFS. "As a long-time
advocate of compliance testing, Cadcorp applauds the support of the
sponsors, and the contributions of the members, to the CITE Initiative
in which the tests and other resources were developed. The crowning
glory of the program is that a general online testing framework is now
in place that can be easily extended for each new OGC Web Service
Specification that is adopted, bringing OGC compliance testing and
certification into the mainstream geospatial information arena."

Compliance testing determines the ability of a product to properly
support all mandatory elements of an OpenGIS Implementation
specification. Only products that have successfully passed a test, and
fulfilled administrative requirements for certification can include
"Certified OGC Compliant" mark. Products that have not gone through this
procedure, but include support for a specification, are said to have
"implemented the specification," and cannot claim compliance. To confirm
product compliance, please visit

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 "geo-enable" 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 http://www.opengis.org.

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