Archive for the ‘OGC SERVICES’ Category

[ USA ] – THE NATIONAL MAP – Service Endpoints (WMS / WFS / WCS)

July 15, 2014




May 9, 2014


Tool for testing Web Map Services. It allows to run general random tests of WMS and test based on user-like behaviour.

North Carolina County GIS Data

April 8, 2014

North Carolina County GIS Data

The NCSU Libraries has acquired a considerable amount of GIS data from North Carolina county governments. Key data resources from counties include orthophotography, land parcels, street centerlines and other infrastructure or cultural data layers.

If you can’t find the local GIS data you are looking for by county, try searching the NC City GIS Data page.

Not sure which counties you need? This Clickable image map (popup) may help.

Other Sources for information about county GIS services:

Alert Important Notes:

  • Web Map Service (WMS) links for many counties are available and maintained by NC OneMap: Description | Catalog
  • Please report all corrections and updates to Data Services.
  • Last modified: March 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm.


April 1, 2014


LibreWMS is an open source Geography application built on top of SpatiaLite and RasterLite2. It’s basically simple and really light-weight, but it’s an almost complete WMS 1.3.0 interactive GUI client.

Strictly related projects:

Sources: available from the Fossil repository.
(current development snapshot: Unstable / Experimental)
Documentation about LibreWMS


W3C OGC – Linking Geospatial Data

February 13, 2014

W3C OGC – Linking Geospatial Data

What are best examples of data-driven Web applications you’ve ever seen? The updates to Open Street Map after the Haiti earthquake? The mapping of all 9,966,539 buildings in the Netherlands? The NHS Prescription data? Things like SF Park that help you ‘park your car smarter’ in San Francisco using real time data? Bing maps and Google Earth?

All these and many, many more data-driven applications have geospatial information at their core. Very often the common factor across multiple data sets is the location data, and maps are crucial in visualizing correlations between data sets that may otherwise be hidden.

It’s this desire to work with multiple data sets in different formats about different topics and link those with the powerful technologies used in geospatial information systems that is behind the linking geospatial data workshop.

How can geographic information best be integrated with other data on the Web? How can we discover that different facts in different data sets relate to the same place, especially when ‘place’ can be expressed in different ways and at different levels of granularity?

On behalf of the Smart Open Data project, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), in partnership with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the OGC GeoSPARQL Standards Working Group, the UK Government Linked Data Working Group, Google and Ordnance Survey, invite you to share your experiences, successes and frustrations in using GI.

The workshop is open to all and will take place at Campus London on Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th March, 2014.

ArcGIS – WMS – Piedmont Region – Mosaic of Piedmont city-plans (PRG zoning)

December 10, 2013

ArcGIS – WMS – Piedmont Region – Mosaic of Piedmont city-plans (PRG zoning)

WMS service loadable into ArcGIS Client or ArcGIS Map Viewer

Map Viewers Elsewhere: Europe

December 2, 2013

Map Viewers Elsewhere: Europe

  1. Topo maps
  2. Satellite/remote-sensing imagery: the Integrated CEOS European Data Server at University College London has a viewer to explore various free services


December 2, 2013



  • Bei passwortgeschützten WebMapServices erfolgt keine direkte Darstellung der Legenden in der HTML-Ansicht.
  • Bei passwortgeschützten WebMapServices ist die Funktion “URL zu dieser Seite” nicht vorhanden.
  • Der Capabilities-Viewer unterstützt ausschließlich Standard-HTTP-Authentifizierung.
  • Es handelt sich um eine Beta-Version, die evtl. noch Fehler aufweist.
  • Wir freuen uns über Ihr Feedback (siehe Kontakt).

European Soil Data Center > Applications – Services > Web Mapping Services WMS

December 2, 2013

Applications – Services > Web Mapping Services WMS”>European Soil Data Center > Applications – Services > Web Mapping Services WMS

What is WMS?

A Web Map Service (WMS) produces maps of georeferenced data. We define a “map” as a visual representation of geodata; a map is not the data itself. WMS is the production of spatially referenced data dynamically from geographic information. The map itself is an actual portrayal of geographic information presented as a digital image file for display on a computer. WMS maps are in picture formats such as PNG, GIF or JPEG . The OGC WMS specification standardizes the way in which maps are requested by clients and the way that servers describe their data holdings. For more detailed information the follow the links:

A WMS Viewer is either a standalone application or a web interface or can be a part of ESRI ArcGIS and allows the user to combine layers coming from different Map Servers. In Soils portal case, this means that the Soil layers (European Soil Database data layers , Organic Carbon, Soil Erosion, Compaction, Salinization, etc…..) can be viewed through any Web Map Service Client in combination with other layers coming from other Map Servers. In the following sections, there would be described the 2 methods to use the WMS services (In addition example strings will be provided for any of the services provided):

Geospatial Data Service Centre ( GDSC) – WMS viewers

December 2, 2013

Geospatial Data Service Centre ( GDSC) – WMS viewers

Some free available WMS viewers:

ArcGIS Explorer ArcGIS Explorer
ArcGIS Explorer is a free 3D GIS viewer produced by ESR Inc. Once you have downloaded ArcGIS Explorer, you can start using a variety of maps and layers. These maps and layers are provided by ESRI free of charge and include imagery, topographic maps, physical features, shaded relief, historical maps, street maps, and more. Layers can be combined with local data or with other services to create your own custom maps.
BeeldBlad BeeldBlad
BeeldBlad is a client to be used on web pages. BeeldBlad is written in Adobe Flash and can therefore be used by all kind of browsers.
CARIS Easy View CARIS Easy View
View your spatial data from a wide range of file types, connect to a WMS server, load ENCs and VPF libraries, visualize BASE, BAG or LOTS grids in interactive 3D, export 3D flight paths to XML or to an AVI digital video file. Easy View lets you do it without 3rd Party software or libraries— for free.
Dapple Dapple
Dapple is a global data explorer designed to provide an open and optimal environment for visualizing, presenting and sharing massive quantities of geoscientific data on desktop computers. Dapple lets you browse, discover and display graphically rich data from global and corporate spatial servers – Geosoft DAP servers, NASA servers, USGS servers, and the many, many WMS servers currently available. The Dapple project is an open source activity sponsored by Geosoft and derived from the NASA World Wind open source project.
Falconview FalconView
FalconView is a mapping tool for Windows which was developed for the US government. It supports the display of aeronautical charts, satellite images and elevation maps. FalconView also supports a large number of overlay types that can be displayed over any map background. The current overlay set is targeted toward military mission planning users and is oriented towards aviators and aviation support personnel.
Flamingo Flamingo
Flamingo is a simple interactive mapviewer, no more no less. But this limitation is also the strongest point of Flamingo. With only a handful of toolbuttons users can easily use a map. Flamingo offers only the basic tools as zoom in and out, pan, identify and search. Flamingo is developed in Flash and requires Flash Player version 8 or higher.
Gaia Gaia
Gaia 3 is the Windows application for accessing, visualizing and sharing location content. Gaia 3 lets you seamlessly access and use a vast array of location content and services from your Windows desktop – including Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo! Maps, Google Earth KML/KMZ, OGC GML, ESRI Shapefiles, OGC WMS, WFS, WCS services and more.
Geozilla is an open source WMS client, based on Worldwind and allowing
multi-screens views. Geozilla manages transparency, provides legend display
and saves displayed layers state.
Geozilla also supports earth shapes : areas, paths, placemarks and
GRASS is an open source GIS used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS supports raster and vector data in two and three dimensions. It’s designed as an environment in which tools that perform specific GIS computations are executed. GRASS is one of the projects of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.
Google Earth Google Earth
Google Earth is a virtual globe program. It maps the earth by the superposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe.How to add the GDSC WMS as a dataprovider to Google Earth is explained on theWMS and Google Earth page.
OpenLayers OpenLayers
OpenLayers makes it easy to put a dynamic map in any web page. It can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source. OpenLayers is completely free, Open Source JavaScript, released under a BSD-style License. OpenLayers implements industry-standard methods for geographic data access, such as the Web Mapping Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS) protocols.
uDig uDig
uDig is an open source desktop GIS applications framework. It provides an out-of-the-box application, with the ability to view, edit and print files, from database (Oracle, SDE, PostGIS), Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Feature Servers (WFS).
World Wind World Wind
Open Source: World Wind provides geospatial visualization technology via extensible and modular components that can be incorporated into any application. Open Standards: World Wind components implement the retrieval (client) and delivery (server) of geospatial data via open standards that are embraced by the international community. World Wind is developed by NASA and open source community and is for use on personal computers running Windows.