[OpenLayers-Dev] OpenLayers and the OGC?

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at lisasoft.com
Wed Nov 4 18:04:35 EST 2009

I used Openlayers (and Mapbuilder) code for OGC testbeds before working 
at LISAsoft.
In particular, I developed a GML rendering client which part funded the 
development of vector rendering in both applications, and was a major 
step between the migration of some of the Mapbuilder functionality to 
OpenLayers. (Of note, I shared the vector rendering development with 
others, notably Camp2Camp who were also working on the functionality 
too, and the vector rendering was moved from a branch back into trunk by 
others after the testbed).

To date, I'm unaware of an OGC reference implementation for a client. 
The OGC focuses its testing mainly on services (which are much easier to 
write tests for).
I also think that a browser based client is not appropriate for a 
reference implementation because the platform the browser runs on is so 
dynamic. (How many different browser/operating system combinations are 
A desktop client would be more appropriate for a reference implementation.

However, there is a need for clients for OGC services, and the OGC does 
part fund the development of these during testbeds, as we at LISAsoft 
can attest to. So yes, go ahead and propose OpenLayers as part of a 
solution for the next testbed.

Roald de Wit wrote:
> Hi,
> Christopher Schmidt wrote:
>> OpenLayers has been a key part of several testbed efforts, but all made
>> by individual companies. (I'm pretty sure that LISAsoft used OL for testbed
>> work at least once, possibly twice.) 
> That's correct. LISAsoft contributed KML styling support to OL for an 
> OGC testbed (OWS 5.1) for example. And as part of the CGDI Pilot [1] we 
> implemented (and contributed back) GeoRSS support in OpenLayers.
>> I personally have no particular desire to get more deeply involved with OGC,
>> but have no problem with others pushing in that direction.
> It requires a fair bit of effort (and money) to participate in these 
> testbeds and will not be easy for the community as such to do. As an 
> organisation that wants to participate, it pays to keep an eye on what 
> testbeds become available and put in your bid to do your bit!
> Only a week ago OGC announced their CFP for OWS-7 [2] (closing date: 1 
> December 2009).
> [1] http://www.opengeospatial.org/pub/www/cgdi/index.html
> [2] http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/60
> Regards, Roald
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Cameron Shorter
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