UK Interoperability Assessment Plugfest – call for participation

We’re working with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), with the support of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), to lead the first of a series of events called the United Kingdom Interoperability Assessment Plugfest (UKIAP) 2013.

What exactly is a Plugfest?

According to Wikipedia, a Plugfest (sometimes written as PlugFest) is an event around a certain standard where the designers of software test the interoperability of their products to other vendors.

The purpose of this Plugfest is to advance the interoperability of geospatial products and services based on OGC standards within the UK geospatial information (GI) community.  Specifically, four OGC standards will be tested, namely Geography Markup Language (GML), Web Map Service (WMS), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) and Web Feature Service (WFS).

The results of the Plugfest will allow us to provide best practice guidance to those who want to consume or implement geospatial web services or products based on OGC standards.  UKIAP 2013 is open to commercial and open source vendors and to all GI organisations in the UK.

UKIAP will be held at Ordnance Survey’s headquarters in Southampton.  The key dates you need to know are:

  • Pre-response clarification teleconference: 25 September 2013 at 10.45 BST (UTC + 1)
  • Responses to call for participation: 2 October 2013
  • Pre-sprint clarification teleconference: 9 October 2013 (open to registered participants)
  • Sprint 1: 9 December 2013
  • Sprint 2: 3 March 2014
  • Results presentation: 4 March 2014

More information on how to participate can be found in the call for participation paper.

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