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OGC invites input
The OGC encourages transparent and open public input and involvement related to OGC standards activities. The following are the various opportunities for you to participate in OGC activities – even if you are not a Member.
The OGC public forum provides a venue to ask questions about the use of OGC standards and OGC consensus process issues. The Forum is moderated by OGC staff who make sure your questions are answered and that issues needing attention are addressed and communicated into the OGC standards development process. For example, OGC staff might encourage the submitter to enter a Change Request or a Requirement. Staff might also ask for a reply from a Domain Working Group (DWG) Chair or OGC Member familiar with the submitted topic.
The OGC allows and encourages direct entry of change requests (CRs) against existing OGC standards. Anyone can provide a Change Request. A CR is submitted using a standard online form. The CR is then communicated to the OGC Membership and is made publicly available. Anyone may also enter "new requirements" that are not necessarily associated with a current OGC standard. This "CR/Requirement" process is available to both OGC members and the public at large.
Domain Working Group (DWG) Participation
OGC Domain Working Groups routinely invite guests to speak on topics of interest. A number of OGC Working Groups, such as the Mass Market DWG, encourage public participation. If you are interested in presenting on an OGC related standards topic at an OGC meeting and are not a Member, please contact us!
Public Document Review / Comment
Most OGC documents are approved for public release. After any OGC Interoperability testbed activity, the OGC Members discuss and approve release of Public Engineering Reports. Other documents are approved by the Members to be released as Public Discussion Papers. OGC candidate standards are also formally released for public comment prior to an OGC adoption vote (Request for Comment). Public input is also sought for activities of the OGC Interoperability Program (testbeds, pilot projects, interoperability experiments and plugfests) as well as through Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Quotation (RFQ), and Calls for Participation (CFP).
Interoperability Experiments can be chartered to include both OGC Member and non-member organizations. OGC Interoperability Experiments are short term, highly focused, member-driven activities that examine the potential to extend current OGC standards, and/or to evaluate the use of OGC standards in specific policy or domain contexts.
OGC maintains Alliance Partnerships with more than 30 standards bodies and associations, which creates yet another path for direct communication. For instance, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a formal Alliance Partner with OGC and is a co-chair and participant in the Meteorology DWG. Other Alliance Partnerships provide membership in the OGC as well as access to the OGC process for a designated number of staff and members of these organizations. These Alliance arrangements provide a fluid channel for discussion and cooperative activity between organizations.
The OGC Global Advisory Council was convened in 2010 to directly advise the Board of Directors and OGC Planning Committee on strategic issues relevant to the OGC mission. The Council's membership is made up of representatives from around the world. (These representatives need not be employed by OGC member organizations.) The Council is focused on the needs of areas of the world that are under-represented relative to OGC's current membership. Part of the Council's mission is to connect with and include representation from associations that Council members believe should have a voice in this strategic input process.