The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is excited to announce that the Executable Test Suite (ETS) for version 1.1 of the OGC GeoTIFF Standard has been approved by the OGC Membership. Products that implement the OGC GeoTIFF 1.1 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 OGC GeoTIFF 1.1 file produced by the product being assessed. These tests typically take only 5-10 minutes to complete. Once a product has passed the test, the implementer can submit an application to OGC for use of the OGC Compliant trademark on their product.
The OGC GeoTIFF 1.1 Standard specifies requirements and encoding rules for using the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) for the exchange of georeferenced or geocoded imagery. The OGC GeoTIFF 1.1 Standard formalizes the existing community GeoTIFF specification version 1.0 and aligns it with the continuing addition of data to the EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset. Moving forward within OGC, the standard is evolving using a formal process and supported by a GeoTIFF Tag Register on the OGC Definitions Server.
To support developers of products that implement the OGC GeoTIFF 1.1 Standard, the GDAL/OGR 3.0.0 product of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) 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 OGC GeoTIFF 1.1 Standard – or other OGC standards – can validate their products using the OGC validator tool.