ISO 19128:2005 Geographic information - Web Map Server interface

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Full name 19128:2005, Geographic information – Web Map Server interface (also published as OpenGIS Web Map Service Implementation Specification)
Version ISO: Edition 1
OGC: V1.3.0
Amendments None
Corrigenda None
Published by ISO/TC 211 and OGC
Languages English, French
Online overview
Type of standard ISO International Standard and OpenGIS Implementation Specification
Application level
Related standard(s) ISO 19119:2016, Geographic information – Services
ISO 19142:2010, Geographic information – Web Feature Service
OpenGIS Catalogue Services Specification
Application ISO 19128 describes the interface for a Web Map Server (WMS). WMS allows a client to request a map image, for example, a JPEG file, from a web service. OpenGIS Web Map Tile Service Implementation Specification is a similar standard.
Conformance classes Basic WMS
Queryable WMS
Implementation benefits Through implementing a WMS interface, data can be exposed in a standardized way so that any client familiar with the WMS interface can request a map image of available data. The client specifies parameters, such as the data source, bounding box, and symbology, for the map, through the interface. WMS does not generate map elements, such as a legend. The service can be reused by different clients and is more cost effective than developing a custom service.
Products deegree 3.3 is an example of an OGC compliant open source implementation of the WMS interface. GeoServer 2.5.2 is an example of an open source implementation of the WMS interface. These implementations are generally easy to use, and libraries, such as OpenLayers, have integrated support for WMS calls.