Innovation in OGC: The interoperability program

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The OGC Interoperability Program is a source of innovation in the development of open standards. The approach to innovation is based on hands-on; collaborative engineering leading to more mature standards and implementations. The process of the Interoperability Program engages a community of sponsors and participants based on an economic model that benefits all involved. Each initiative begins with an innovative approach to identify interoperability needs followed by agile software development to advance the state of technology to the benefit of society. Over eighty initiatives have been conducted in the Interoperability Program since the breakthrough Web Mapping Testbed began the program in 1999. OGC standards that were initiated in Interoperability Program are the basis of two thirds of the certified compliant products.




Percivall, G., Idol, T., Alameh, N., & Harrison, J. (2015). Innovation in OGC: The interoperability program. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(4), 2362–2378.

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