OGC Plugfest

The First-Ever OGC Plugfest

The First-Ever OGC Plugfest was held on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 in Southampton, UK in connection with the 50th OGC Technical Committee Meeting. This plugfest concentrated on testing interoperability between clients and servers that are intended to comply with Web Map Service 1.1.1 and Web Feature Service 1.0. Only OGC members who are actually testing interoperability wiere able to attend this event. Please read on to learn how to participate in future OGC Plugfests.


Table of Contents

Benefits to Participants
Summary
Results Press Release
Administration and Guidelines
Registration and Fees
Confidentiality Agreement


 

Benefits to Participants

  • Multi-vendor Interoperability
  • Build confidence in OGC specifications
  • Build confidence in your implementation
  • Reinforce market claims with action

 

Summary

  1. The first OGC Plugfest took place Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at the 50th OGC Technical Committee Meeting in Southampton, England at the Ordnance Survey Business Centre.
  2. This event, and all future plugfests, require a signed Confidentiality Agreement in place at the OGC Technology Office prior to the event.
  3. The registration form for the prior event can be found here.
  4. Fees will typically be charged to help offset the cost of the events. OGC considers this first Plugfest a pilot and has made no- and low-cost arrangements and thus will not charge a fee for the event.
  5. You must be an OGC member to participate.
  6. For OGC Members, the registration form must be submitted to the OGC Technology Office by Thursday, June 10, 2004. Any registration form submitted after those dates will be considered late and OGC reserves the right to refuse participation, although every effort will be made to include all registrants.
  7. Each registration form must have the names of those people representing each company at the Plugfest. If the list of names change from the initial submittal of the registration form, please make sure that the OGC Technology Office has the latest additions/deletions prior to the event.
  8. For this first Plugfest, we recommend that you employ engineers back at your company to be part of the event. You should be prepared to modify code to fix problems that arise during testing. These "remote" engineers will not need to be registered.
  9. Each company participating in the Plugfest MUST bring (or be able to access via the Internet):
    • a server product that implements the Web Map Service (WMS) 1.1.1 interface,
    • a product that implements a client to the WMS 1.1.1 interface and can connect to specified WMS 1.1.1 servers,
    • a server product that implements the Web Feature Service (WFS) 1.0 interface, and/or
    • a product that implements a client to the WFS 1.0 interface and can connect to specified WFS 1.0 servers.
  10. The server products must have either passed the Web-based Compliance Test and been certified or must pass it at the event. All products must be identified on the registration form.
  11. If a company needs any type of special equipment, test or otherwise, they should plan on bring that equipment to the Plugfest themselves. Provided equipment is TBD, watch this space for further details.
  12. The Plugfest itself will be conducted in an open environment. Each company will have their own area while testing. All companies will be required to participate in the open environment testing.
  13. Note that the first Plugfest, the testing will be all ad-hoc testing. We are planning to gain an understanding of what a test plan might contain with this pilot event. In general, the test plan will be to connect clients to servers and then to exercise as much functionality as is possible with the client, identifying and documenting issues as we progress.
  14. Tuesday afternoon (June 15) from1PM to 5PM will be reserved for set up and for checking access to Internet accessible servers and clients. Formal OGC testing will begin on Wednesday at 9AM. Testing will continue till 4PM on Wednesday.
  15. There are a limited number of testing areas. If the testing areas become over subscribed, each company will be assigned time slots. Companies are encouraged to do additional testing or side testing on their own with other companies when testing areas are freed up.

 

Results Press Release

OGC has issued a press release regarding the successful completion of this event. Under the terms of the confidentiality agreement, participating organizations will not be allowed to say much and so we request that Press Releases not be individually issued.


 

Administration and Guidelines

This First-Ever OGC Plugfest is a pilot for what is a larger vision. This longer term vision is laid out in terms of an OGC Plugfest Admistration Plan that describes an OGC Plugfest Program. Please download and comment on this longer term vision by sending email to plugfest [at] opengeospatial [dot] org. OGC members will have a chance to discuss this at the CTIE Subcommittee meeting at the 50th OGC Technical Committee meeting in Southampton..


 

Registration and Fees

All Plugfest participants must register under the following scheme:.

  1. The registration form for this event can be found here.
  2. Fees will typically be charged to help offset the cost of the events. OGC considers this first Plugfest a pilot and has made no- and low-cost arrangements and thus will not charge a fee for the event.
  3. You must be an OGC member to participate.
  4. For OGC Members, the registration form must be submitted to the OGC Technology Office by Thursday, June 10, 2004. Registration forms may be sent by facsimile transmission [+1 812 334 0625] or by electronic mail [techdesk [at] opengeospatial [dot] org]. Any registration form submitted after those dates will be considered late and OGC reserves the right to refuse participation, although every effort will be made to include all registrants.
  5. Each registration form must have the names of those people representing each company at the Plugfest. If the list of names change from the initial submittal of the registration form, please make sure that the OGC Technology Office has the latest additions/deletions prior to the event.

 

Confidentiality Agreement

This event requires a completed and signed Confidentiality Agreement in place at the OGC Technology Office prior to the event. The agreement may be sent by facsimile transmission by the deadline (June 10, 2004).

The OGC Technology Office has the following coordinates:

Facsimile: +1 812 334 0625
Telephone: +1 812 961 2053
Electronic Mail: techdesk [at] opengeospatial [dot] org
Postal Mail: 4899 N. Old SR 37, Bloomington, IN 47408 USA