The Open GIS Consortium, Inc (OGC) has announced a Call for Sponsors for the OGC Conformance Testing and Interoperability Evaluation (CTIE) Initiative. Set to commence in April 2002, CTIE will enable geospatial technology developers to test and validate product conformance to OGC’s Web-based OpenGIS® Specifications. The CTIE Initiative will improve the industry’s ability to assess the interoperability of Standards-based Commercial Off The Shelf (SCOTS) products that implement OpenGIS Specifications.
The CTIE Initiative will focus on the development of a conformance-testing engine, test guidelines, and test scripts for testing and validation of products with interfaces implementing OpenGIS Web Map Server and Web Feature Server Specifications, the Geography Markup Language (GML), and other OpenGIS Implementation Specifications. The CTIE Initiative will support OGC’s successful Interoperability Initiatives, which are helping to establish a core set of OpenGIS Specifications that enable easier discovery and freer access to web services to process and apply geographic information in support of vital government, business, education and research, and consumer needs.