Thank you for the feedbacks.
I am actually an Open Source Software enthusiast, while a friend of mine is working on shipping
Nowadays, the ECDIS equipment
becomes mandatory to be used on the ships; so my friend would need to equip his ships which also means extra cost and vendor lock-in. Looking at this situation so we are trying to see whether any Open Source software available.
I also had asked these questions directly in a private email
to OpenCPN creators, but there is still no reply; that's why I tried to ask on the forum.
Actually, this condition is similar to the Aviation Industry, please check at Albatross, The ATM open source community
Open Source software is known in the I.T. industry for its better quality, higher reliability
, interoperability, lower entry cost, and its ability to end predatory vendor lock-in. The Albatross project
will bring the same advantages to the aviation industry. “Vendor lock-in is becoming a significant problem for customers of surveillance technologies in the Aviation industry. The Open Source Albatross project
now brings an open base for improved opportunities for customization, user optimization, and significant cost savings”.
I am thinking that OpenCPN may get inspiration from the above projects. Or there may be some parties are interested to support sponsored project which make OpenCPN to be in compliance with ECDIS Standards.