5 December 2013 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) announced a new,simplified compliance fee schedule. The new fee schedule will take effect 1March 2014.
The current fee schedule is here: http://www.opengeospatial.org/compliance#trademark. The new fee schedule is here: http://www.opengeospatial.org/compliance/newfees14.
OGC standards provide a basis forsharing geospatial information and communicating geoprocessing instructions.They are free to download and free to use in software implementations. The OGCCompliance Program provides a free online testing facility to check for proper implementation ofthe standards, and a process for certification of products that implement OGC standards.
Once anorganization has successfully tested an implementation of an OGC standard, theorganization can acquire a license to use the “Certified OGC Compliant” mark to promote their implementation on web pages and othermarketing material. Their implementation is also promoted on the OGCCompliant Products Web page.
The OGC invites organizations to start the process of getting their products certified. Complaint products areeasier to integrate and maintain, and they increase the available market forthose products. Certified compliantproducts increase a customer's confidence in a vendor, which makes thatvendor's products easier to sell.
The OGC is an international consortium of more than 475 companies,government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating ina consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGCStandards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web,wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empowertechnology developers to make geospatial information and services accessibleand useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visitthe OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.