Consortium tests products to ensure interoperability

Consortium tests products to ensure interoperability

The Open GIS Consortium is composed of vendors and users with an interest in assuring the interoperability of proprietary GIS programs. It has designed a program to test whether cooperating GIS vendors' products conform to its OpenGIS Implementation Specifications, with a view toward ultimately testing for interoperability among conformant products.

Once conformance testing occurs and is successfully completed, OGC will license vendors of such systems to use OGC trademarks or certification marks that will identify them as conformant with the OpenGIS specifications. But a product must be conformant, not merely interoperable with other GIS programs, to win the OGC seal.

For more information about the conformance testing procedures and requirements, check the OGC Web site, at www.opengis.org.

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