NGA Plugweek

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) conducted a series of tests that examined the interoperability, suitability and performance of National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) Profiles provided by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) of four OGC Standards, Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Coverage Service (WCS), and Catalog Service (CAT).  In the study, vendors, users, and other interested parties conducted Technology Integration Experiments (TIEs) and mutually refined clients, services, interfaces and protocols in the context of a hands-on engineering experience expected to shape the future NGA, NSG and Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) web based distribution.   

The results of the project are documented in the OGC NSG Plugweek Engineering Report



This site is to coordinate the NGA NSG Implementation Profile Testing & Compliance Plugweek for 2009.  The site will be used internally to share links to the compliance tests, access implementation profile documentation, and to record and manage testing issues.


  • NPP Kickoff, 10 August 2009

A kickoff was held to initiative the development portion of the initiative. The kickoff attendees included: NGA, Compusult, Cubwerx, ERDAS, Intergraph, Snowflake, Image Matters and OGC. The agenda of the kickoff included presentations from NGA about the purpose of the initiative, Initiative Overview, Components, Schedule, and specific discussion topics.


  • RFQ/CFP Bidders Clarification Teleconference, July 2009

OGC held a telephonic bidder's conference in the U.S. National  Capital Region on the date indicated in the Master Schedule section 4.6.  

A main outcome of the telecon was a list of clarifications posted to the NSG Profiles Plugweek WWW Site.   Clarifications received to date are posted at the bottom of the RFQ/CFP page.


  • RFQ Issued July 2009


July 13, 2009. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. issued a Request For Quotation and Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) to solicit proposals for the NSG Profiles Plugweek Pilot, which will begin in August and end in October. (NSG is the National System for Geospatial Intelligence.) The sponsor, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), will provide profiles of the OGC Web Map Service, Web Feature Service and Web Coverage Service Interface Standards.

With the help of Plugweek participants, the NGA will examine the suitability and performance of these profiles and corresponding profile compliance tests. The NGA is providing cost-sharing funds and seeks to involve as many participants as possible.

The RFQ/CFP invites prospective participants to submit proposals for providing and deploying hardware and software and contributing to the final technology suite for the test network. The sponsor will decide which submitters will be offered cost-sharing funds. Participants will use the profiles mentioned above and also schemas and data provided by the NGA.

NSG Profiles Plugweek is an opportunity for vendors, users, and other interested parties to mutually refine services, interfaces and protocols in the context of a hands-on engineering experience that is intended to shape the future of the NGA's web based information distribution systems. Another benefit is that this effort has well-defined objectives, while providing a significant opportunity to explore alternatives in a unique hands-on engineering context.

Instructions for submitting proposals are provided in the RFQ/CFP. Proposals are due by August 3, 2009. Non-member proposals will be considered if a completed application for OGC membership accompanies or precedes a letter of intent to submit a proposal.