The OGC produces a wide variety of documents for a wide variety of purposes. These include discussion papers, which are produced from Interoperability Program Initiatives on topics the relevant Working Group feels require discussion in the TC and/or PC. At the TC/PC meetings, discussion papers may be voted upon for release to both encourage discussion regarding that technology area, and to share what information concerning that topic may be at the forefront of discussion within the working group. It is important to note that these papers do not represent an official position of the OGC or its Committees.
OGC also generates and distributes recommendation papers via its TC subgroups. These documents may later become adopted specifications and represent the official OGC position, after having been approved by the working group and forwarded to the TC, and then by the TC to the PC. Once adopted, the Recommendation Paper must be carefully managed under a consensus process, with the responsibility for this management falling to the relevant WG.
The main documents that the OGC develops are Specifications. These specifications mature from Requests for Proposals, Requests for Comment, Requests for Information and Recommendation papers. All have a series of checks and balances to navigate prior to approval by the TC/PC approval process.
After these Specifications are adopted, they become the responsibility of the relevant Working Group who must then perform an initial clean up of the document and create a method to maintain and/or revise the specification as needed. This is typically done by creating a Revision Working Group for that Spec. This RWG is generally made up of individuals representing the organizations who worked on the specification submission. OGC maintains these documents in an archive arranged by year of approval.
Documents: Adopted Document Baseline, OpenGIS® Specifications, Abstract Specifications, Recommendation Papers, Discussion Papers, Requests (RFP`s, RFQ`s), OGC Reference Model, Schemas
The OGC Interoperability Program (IP) is an essential part of OGC`s fast, effective, inclusive user-driven process to develop, test, demonstrate, and promote the use of OpenGIS® Specifications. The functions of the Interoperability Program complement those of the Specification Program.
The OGC Interoperability Program uses member approved processes for organizing and facilitating the following types of Interoperability Initiatives:
Test beds are fast-paced, multi-vendor collaborative efforts to define, design, develop, and test candidate interface and encoding specifications. These draft specifications are then reviewed, revised, and, potentially, approved in the OGC Specification Program.
Pilot Projects apply and test OpenGIS specifications in real world applications using standards based commercial off-the-shelf (SCOTS) products that implement OpenGIS Specifications. Pilot projects help users understand how to best implement interoperable geoprocessing that meets their requirements for application, spatial data, and geoprocessing service sharing. These projects also help identify gaps for further work.
Interoperability Support Services are designed to help organizations with open, standards based architecture.
Interoperability Experiments are brief, low-overhead, formally structured and approved initiatives led and executed by OGC members to achieve specific technical objectives that further the OGC Technical Baseline.
All OGC Interoperability Initiatives are publicly announced through a Request for Proposals (RFP). Any organization - member or non-member - can respond to the RFP. New proposals from public sector and private sector sponsors are welcomed.
- OWS Context Document Schema Interoperability Experiment (Context IE)
- GML in JPEG 2000 Interoperability Experiment (GMLJP2)
- Kentucky Landscape Census (KentuckyLC)
- OGC Web Services, Phase 3 (OWS-3)
- OGC Plugfest (Plugfest)
- Web Processing Service (WPS) IE (WPS IE)
- Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative, Phase 1.1 (CIPI 1.1)
- Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative, Phase 1.2 (CIPI 1.2)
- Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative, Phase 2 (CIPI2)
- Conformance & Interoperability Test & Evaluation, Phase 1 (CITE 1)
- Civil Works Technology Insertion, Phase 1 (CTI 1)
- Emergency Mapping Symbology, Phase 1 (EMS 1)
- Geospatial Fusion Pilot Project (GFSPP)
- Geospatial Fusion Testbed (GFST)
- Geographic Objects (GO-1)
- Geospatial One-Stop - Portal Initiative (GOS-PI)
- Geospatial One-Stop - Transportation Pilot (GOS-TP)
- LandGML Interoperability Experiment (LandGML IE)
- Multihazard Mapping Initiative, Phase 1 (MMI -1)
- Military Pilot Project Testbed, Phase 1 (MPP 1)
- North Rhein Westphalia Pilot (NRWPP)
- Object Domain Modeling Support (ODMS) Initiative (ODMS)
- Open Location Services Testbed (OpenLS 1)
- Open Location Services Testbed, Phase 1.1 (OpenLS-1.1)
- OGC Web Services Initiative, Phase 1.1 (OWS 1.1)
- OGC Web Services Initiative, Phase 1.2 (OWS 1.2)
- OGC Web Services, Phase 2 (OWS-2)
- Web Mapping Testbed, Phase 1 (WMT 1)
- Web Mapping Testbed, Phase 2 (WMT 2)