Compliance Test Framework

All levels of government have recognized the need to achieve greater integration of data across organizations through the implementation of enterprise-wide information architectures. A baseline of geospatial specifications continues to mature through the work of consensus standards organizations such as the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Such work will enable interoperable geospatial processing and data sharing across distributed multi-vendor computing platforms. Furthermore, an increasing number of agencies have defined their expectations for future geospatial systems to be interoperable, standards conformant and integrated with enterprise-wide technology architectures.


The task for our industry’s future is transforming the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) to a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Today’s geospatial information is pushed out through many different interfaces and products, both non-standard and proprietary. We are headed for a tomorrow where users will use a standards-enabled environment to acquire and contribute information in a net-centric system of collaborative, predictive, actionable intelligence analysis. Users will also employ the fullspectrum of advanced sensors in a multi-intelligence, virtual and physical data environment.

In addition, SOAs are changing how capabilities are deployed. In a SOA, web services are the framework which will enable information sharing in net-centric operations. Web services will be deployed much faster and be used by a broader set of users. A Compliance & Interoperability Test Framework is needed that will not only assure quality and readiness of systems delivered to operations by NSG acquisition organizations, but will also support the movement towards SOA.