Web Map Services ‘cookbook’

The Open GIS Consortium has just published a cookbook for designers and implementers of its Web Map Services set of specifications.

The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) has published a Web Map Service (WMS) Cookbook - the first in a planned series of books detailing the implementation and use of OpenGIS specifications. WMS defines interfaces for web-based software to learn about, retrieve, merge and query maps. The Cookbook provides the basic understanding and steps needed for implementing and exploiting the WMS interface and related technologies. Cookbook contributors include software vendors, universities, and local government users of the WMS interface from around the world. The variety of contributions highlights the different software being used and insures widespread applicability.


The book covers WMS client and server development technologies (XML, XSL/XSLT, ASP/JSP, etc.) before addressing the design of systems that implement the WMS interface along with illustrations of DTD/XML documents and XSL/XSLT style sheet usage. A final section explores implementations of WMS in existing software on both the server and client side. Detailed recipes for implementing WMS in popular commercial, open source and freeware products are provided. Download the Cookbook from www.ogcnetwork.org.

This article originally appeared in Oil IT Journal 2003 Issue # 5.

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