Conformance Interoperability & Testing Evaluation SC
The OGC Business Value Committee (BVC) will directly engage senior managers, commercial, sales and marketing professionals from the OGC membership in activities to identify, organize and promote the business value of OGC standards. These activities include a long-term vision to develop (through case studies and reference implementations) a pervasive value platform for using OGC and complementary standards; as well as defining a business model to address a Standards Value Model, incorporating both costs and benefits. The BVC will also provide a website in which OGC members may quickly and easily find business value data for use in their own domains and presentations.
The mission of the BVC is to
1) Assess the effort (costs) and outcomes (benefits) required to successfully use geospatial standards
2) Understand and articulate the advantages of developing and using OGC standards
3) Enable the wider community of stakeholders to leverage business value as a tool to foster investment and implementation
The BVC will assess the return on investment requirements in line with the value of geospatial standards and highlight how using OGC® standards can offer value across the community in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
The Business Value Committee email list is open to both members and non-members. Subscribe to the list here.
The OGC Planning Committee is granted authority to operate by the OGC Bylaws. Principal Membership is provided for organizations that wish to participate in the planning and management of the Consortium's technology development process.
The Planning Committee has ultimate responsibility for approving Technical Committee recommendations for the adoption and release of OGC standards, and for Specification Program planning.The Planning Committee:
- Is involved in strategic technology planning regarding the Consortium’s development of open geoprocessing standards that have the greatest possible chance of being adopted in the market.Work on development of the Consortium's message and strategic positioning within the IT community and formulation of the Consortium's Information Community and market outreach strategies
- Recommends prospective Directors and to votes to ratify the Board of Directors’ approved slate of candidate directors of the Consortium;
- Discusses and votes on recommendations from the Technical Committee;
- Discusses and provides guidance on relationships with other standards bodies;
- Discusses and provides guidance on the OGC Business Plan. This includes guidance on market focus and strategic direction;
- Reviews and comments on key PR materials;
- Discusses, provides guidance, and vote on any OGC Policies and Procedures documents;
- Conducts discussions and provide recommendations regarding issues that effect the achievement of the mission and objectives of the OGC.
The work of the Planning Committee is guided by the PC policies and Procedures.
The OGC membership process is operationally organized into groups and subgroups, each group having a specified role and level of responsibility. There are three major groups, called Committees: The Technical, the Planning and the Strategic Management Advisory Committees.
The Technical Committee is responsible for all aspects of the formal consensus OGC specification process. This includes:
- Coordinate development of and modifications to the OpenGIS Abstract Specification;
- Coordinate development and adoption of OpenGIS Implementation Specifications;
- Act on specification change proposals (acceptance, rejection, and conditional acceptance);
- Many responsibilities concerning evaluation, approval and recommendations of various documents and proposals.
Above all, the Technical Committee provides an open forum for professional discussion of issues and items related to the consensus development and/or evaluation and approval of specifications that provide the ability to build and deploy interoperable geospatial solutions in the larger IT domain. The TC also has methodology in place to govern its composition, its meetings and meeting agendas, and voting procedures.
In order to carry out the business of the TC in a timely manner, three types of subgroups of the TC may be formed. These groups address the four major needs for activity within the TC:
- To deal with procedural and definitional tasks (subcommittees, SC);
- To work on new OpenGIS Specification or Abstract Specifications that have been proposed through the OGC RFC or RFP process; (Working Group)
- To discuss specific technology or user domain requirements for interoperability (Working Group);
- Single-purpose groups to work on revision of Adopted Specifications (revision working groups, RWG);
There are two Technical Committee Representatives to the Planning Committee. Currently those Representatives are:
An election is now required.
For more information regarding the roles, responsibilities and processes of the OGC Technical Committee, visit the Technical Committee Policies and Procedures.
The CITE Subcommittee provides guidance to and advise the OGC staff on the operation of the Compliance and Interoperability Testing and Evaluation Program (CITE) of the Consortium. The Sub committee provides a forum for an open, consensus discussion regarding approaches and issues related to conformance and interoperability testing becoming an integral component in the OGC standards process. Further, the Subcommittee works with members and OGC staff to insure there is a well understood process in place to insure that vendors can achieve OGC compliance certification in a timely, cost effective manner. The SC also serves as the portal for members to provide support directly to the CITE process. The CITE SC is a subgroup of the OGC Technical Committee.