Aug 27, 2002 – The Open GIS Consortium, Inc.has released a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for the Conformance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE) Initiative. The National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) are sponsoring the initiative to advance conformance testing within the consortium.
The OGC Interoperability Program and the OGC Specification Program have produced several recently published OGC Web service specifications. As consumers in the geospatial industry modernize their systems based on these web services, they will require verifiable proof of conformance to OGC specifications in order to achieve interoperability.
Validating conformance to an OGC specification means verifying that a software product has implemented the specification correctly by testing the software interface for response and behavior that is outlined in the specification. Geospatial application vendors want to provide their potential consumers a means to verify adherence to OGC standards as a measurable discriminator for the interoperability of software products. The Conformance and Interoperability Test and Evaluation (CITE) Initiative is intended to provide the geospatial industry (onsumers and vendors) a methodology and tools which will test conformance to OGC web services specifications and to determine whether products that conform are interoperable with one another.