June 26, 2007. Wayland, MA. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC(R)) membership has adopted new test suites, test scripts and reference implementations for OpenGIS(R) Specifications. A new TEAM Engine (Test, Evaluation, And Measurement Engine) and Compliance Test Language were adopted as the OGC's official new compliance testing platform.

These new free tests and testing software enable technology providers to confirm that their products are compliant with OpenGIS standards. Providers can then submit products for certification. Certified products can carry the OGC "Certified Compliant" mark to formally signify adherence to OGC standards.

Test suites were adopted for the following OpenGIS® implementation specifications:
Web Map Service (WMS) 1.3.0
Web Feature Service (WFS) with Filter Encoding 1.1.0
Geography Markup Language (GML) Simple Features SF 1.0
Catalog Services – Web (CS/W) 2.0.1
Web Map Context (WMC) 1.1.0

To assist programmers in developing solutions, open source reference implementations were adopted for:
WMS 1.3.0
CS/W 2.0.1
WFS 1.1.0

Developers can download the TEAM Engine from http://sourceforge.net/projects/teamengine/ to test their implementations of the OGC's OpenGIS® implementation specifications in the developers' own environments.

The TEAM Engine, an open source program developed by Northrop Grumman, and the test suites and reference implementations, contributed by other OGC members, were among the results of the OGC's fourth OGC Web Services test bed activity (OWS-4).

Official OGC Compliance Testing, available only at http://cite.opengeospatial.org/, can be done online for a compliance report and/or for submission of a product or service for certification and OGC Compliance branding. This site provides more information about the test suites. More information about the OGC Compliance Testing Program and trademark licensing is available at http://www.opengeospatial.org/compliance/.

The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 335 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.