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Overview of Compliance Program
- Importance of Compliance Testing
- List of registered and OGC compliant products
- Program Overview
- Trademark Licensing Fees
- Maximum Annual Trademark License Fees for Members
- Adding Products to a Trademark License during a Licensee's Trademark License Year
- Compliance Logos
- Go to the CITE Portal (online testing site)
- FAQ about the difference between "comply," "conform" and "implement".
The Importance of Compliance Testing
The purpose of the OGC Compliance & Interoperability Testing & Evaluation (CITE) program, also known as the OGC Compliance Testing Program, is to increase systems interoperability while reducing technology risks. It accomplishes this by providing a process whereby compliance for OGC standards can be tested. This program provides a mechanism by which users and buyers of software that implements OGC standards can be certain that the software follows the mandatory rules of implementation as specified in the standard. Vendors gain confidence that they are providing a product compliant with OGC standards, which will be easier to integrate and easier to market. Buyers gain confidence that a compliant product will work with another compliant product based on the same OGC standard, regardless of which company developed the product.Top
Compliance Testing Program Overview
As buyers and users of geospatial software products and online services come to understand the value of interoperability and the means to achieve it, they learn to ask vendors and solution providers for proof of compliance with OGC standards. The OGC Compliance Testing Program enables technology providers that implement an OGC standard to first test whether their implementation is compliant with that standard and then gain the right to use OGC trademarks and certification marks to prove that their implementation is compliant.
The Compliance Testing Program Policies & Procedures (OGC document 08-134r9) provides a well-documented process for testing compliance of implementations of OGC standards. OGC compliance tests are available for some OGC standards which are listed in the CITE wiki. The wiki also contains resource for software developers.
When an organization has completed, to their satisfaction, compliance testing for one or more standards, the following occurs:
- OGC staff confirms successful completion of the compliance test;
- The implementing organization agrees to the terms of the OGC Trademark License Agreement;
- The organization pays the required trademark license fees.
Organizations that successfully follow these steps may use OGC marks (trademarks or certification marks) in product literature, on their web site, and in other sales and marketing materials to indicate that they have achieved compliance for one or more OGC Standards.
After an implementation has been verified as passing the compliance tests for a standard, OGC staff generally take from 1-2 weeks to process the paperwork and issue a certificate of compliance, not including the time for the applicant to submit paperwork and license fees.
Trademark Licensing Fees
An organization that has a version of a product that has passed an OGC Compliance Testing Evaluation for a particular standard revision is required a license to use the “Certified OGC Compliant” Mark (“Certification Mark”) in association with a specific product version and standard revision. This will allow, the organization to display in a web page the Certified OGC Compliant logo associated with an OGC specification.
OGC will not charge a fee for compliance testing under the Testing Procedure.
OGC will charge a fee for trademark licensing for Candidate Products that successfully pass a compliance test under the Testing Procedure; this fee is termed the Trademark Licensing Fee. This fee must be paid by organizations that wish to claim compliance with OGC Implementation Specifications. This fee is not required to initiate and complete a test. The current fee structure is found in the table below and in Appendix G-Trademark Licensing Fees of the Compliance Policies and Procedures Document.
OGC will invoice a Candidate Organization that has submitted a Test Summary Report for the Trademark License Fee. This invoice must be paid before OGC will issue a Compliance Certificate and before OGC will deliver a countersigned Trademark License Agreement.
The organization that is granted the license to use the Certification Mark (or Licensee) pays an annual Trademark License Fee per product version per implemented standard. The License Fee depends on the Total Gross Annual Revenue (TGAR) of the Licensee and the type of membership the Licensee has with OGC, if any. The TGAR of the licensee refers to the TGAR of the parent corporation. The TGAR is not based on the following: the annual gross revenue of an operating division or a wholly owned subsidiary, the geospatial related revenues, or the software-related revenues of a corporation.
The governing information for Trademark Licensing Fees is contained in Appendix G-Trademark Licensing Fees of the Compliance Testing Program document, from which the information below is taken.
The following schedule defines the annual fees that an organization must pay in order to use the OGC Certification Mark in connection with any of its product that has successfully passed a compliance test under OGC's Compliance Testing Program. The fees described below are subject to change without notice.
Each Licensee pays an annual Trademark License Fee per Product Version, per Implementation Specification tested, and based on the TLA date on which the first Product/Implementation Specification was certified compliant-the "Trademark License Year". The amount of the Trademark License Fee is based upon the Total Gross Annual Revenue ("TGAR") of the parent corporation. The Trademark License Fee is not based on the annual gross revenues of an operating division, a wholly owned subsidiary, or the GIS, geospatial, or software-related revenues of a corporation.
Annual Fee per Product Version per Implemented Standard Version
|LicenseeTotal Gross Annual Revenue(in millions of US Dollars)||Non-Member||Member|
For example, assume Company “The Company” has a product “The Product” which version 5.0 has successfully completed an OGC Compliance Testing Evaluation for the OGC standard “WFS 3.0”. The Company is not an OGC member and its TGAR is $2 M. The Fee to allow The Company to use the Certification Mark for stating that The Product version 5.0 is OGC compliant is $250 per year.Top
Maximum Annual Trademark License Fees for Members
The OGC Annual Trademark License fee structure includes a maximum ceiling on the payments for Trademark License fees for members at the Technical, Planning, and Strategic levels. Many of our members have multiple products and multiple implementations that could enjoy the benefits of OGC branding. This ceiling rewards those members who participate at the higher levels.
Individual Member: The maximum annual Trademark License Fees that an Individual Member licensee will pay per Trademark License Year is equal to the total number of Product Version/Implementation Specification combinations being trademarked multiplied by the Associate Member fee from the table below.
Associate Member: The maximum annual Trademark License Fees that an Associate Member licensee will pay per Trademark License Year is equal to the total number of Product Version/Implementation Specification combinations being trademarked multiplied by the Associate Member fee from the table below.
Technical Member: The maximum annual Trademark License Fees a Technical Member licensee will pay per Trademark License Year is equal to four times (4X) the Trademark License Fee for its TGAR, even if the Technical Member licensee wishes the Trademark License to cover more than four Product Version/Implementation Specification combinations that have successfully passed compliance testing.
Principal Member: The maximum annual Trademark License Fees a Principal Member licensee will pay is equal to two times (2X) the Trademark License Fee for its TGAR, even if the Principal Member licensee wishes the Trademark License to cover more than two Product Version/Implementation Specification combinations that have successfully passed compliance testing.
Strategic Member: The maximum annual Trademark License Fees a Strategic Member licensee will pay is equal to one time (1X) the Trademark License Fee for its TGAR, even if the Strategic Member licensee wishes the Trademark License to cover more than one Product Version/Implementation Specification combination that has successfully passed compliance testing.
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|Maximum Annual License Fee Payments
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For example, assume that The Company is now a Technical OGC Member. The Company, based on the TGAR of $2M, will pay a maximum License Fee of $800 per year. The $800 per year is equivalent to 4 times (4x Cap) the Annual Fee for members per product per standard in Table G-1. Any additional products, which successfully complete OGC Compliance Testing Evaluation for any standards, will not require additional license fees to be paid.
Adding Products to a Trademark License during a Licensee's Trademark License Year
When an existing licensee adds a Product that has successfully passed compliance testing during the Trademark License Year, the appropriate Trademark License Fee for each such Product is pro-rated for the balance of the Trademark License Year on a whole month basis. When the number of Products licensed during a licensee's Trademark License Year exceeds the cap for a licensee's OGC membership level, if applicable, no additional Trademark License Fee is assessed.
Please contact the OGC Director of Interoperability Certification via compliance [at] opengeospatial [dot] org (email )if you have specific questions concerning the Testing Program.