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OGC Compliance Certification Available for v2.0 of the Observations and Measurements XML Encoding Standard

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info [at] ogc.org

Release Date: 
16 March 2021

The OGC Compliance Program is a certification process that ensures organizations' solutions are compliant with OGC Standards.

Banner announcing OGC Compliance Certification Availability for v2.0 of the Observations and Measurements XML Encoding Standard

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is excited to announce that the Executable Test Suite (ETS) for version 2.0 of the Observations and Measurements (O&M) XML Encoding Standard has been approved by the OGC Membership. Products that implement the O&M XML 2.0 Standard and pass the tests in the ETS can now be certified as OGC Compliant.

Implementers are invited to validate their products using the new test suite, which is available on the OGC validator tool. Testing involves submitting an O&M XML 2.0 file produced by the product being assessed. These tests typically take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Once a product has passed the test, implementers can submit an application to OGC for use of the OGC Compliant trademark on their product. 

The O&M XML 2.0 standard specifies an XML encoding of the OGC and ISO Observations and Measurements (O&M) conceptual model (also known as ISO 19156). The encoding is an essential dependency for the OGC Sensor Observation Service (SOS) Interface Standard, which is used extensively across areas such as air quality monitoring, hydrology, agriculture, environmental protection, land management, geology, defense, security, and public safety. 

The O&M XML 2.0 standard defines XML schemas for observations, and for features involved in sampling when making observations. These provide document models for the exchange of information describing observation acts and their results, both within and between different scientific and technical communities. 

To support developers of the O&M XML 2.0 standard, OpenSensorHub 1.4.0 has been designated a reference implementation of the standard after the software successfully passed the compliance tests. 

The OGC Compliance Program is a certification process that ensures organizations' solutions are compliant with OGC Standards. It is a universal credential that allows agencies, industry, and academia to better integrate their solutions. OGC compliance provides confidence that a product will seamlessly integrate with other compliant solutions regardless of the vendor that created them. 

More information about the OGC compliance process is available at ogc.org/compliance. Implementers of the O&M XML 2.0 encoding standard - or other OGC standards - can validate their products using the OGC validator tool.


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