Web Map Service

1) Overview
2) Downloads
3) Official Schemas
4) Revision Working Group
5) Related News

1) Overview

The OpenGIS® Web Map Service Interface Standard (WMS) provides a simple HTTP interface for requesting geo-registered map images from one or more distributed geospatial databases. A WMS request defines the geographic layer(s) and area of interest to be processed. The response to the request is one or more geo-registered map images (returned as JPEG, PNG, etc) that can be displayed in a browser application. The interface also supports the ability to specify whether the returned images should be transparent so that layers from multiple servers can be combined or not.

NOTE: WMS 1.3 and ISO 19128 are the same documents.

2) Downloads

Version Document Title (click to download) Document # Type
 1.3.0 OpenGIS Web Map Service (WMS) Implementation Specification  06-042 IS
  Web Map Services - Application Profile for EO Products (0.3.3) 07-063r1 BP
  Web Map Services - Application Profile for EO Products (0.2.0) 07-063 D-BP
  OpenGIS Web Map Services - Application Profile for EO Products (0.1.0) 06-093 D-DP
  DGIWG WMS 1.3 Profile and systems requirements for interoperability for use within a military environment (0.9.0) 09-102 BP
  OpenGIS Tiled WMS Discussion Paper (0.3.0) 07-057r2 D-DP
  OGC Best Practice for using Web Map Services (WMS) with Time-Dependent or Elevation-Dependent Data (1.0) 12-111r1 BP
 1.3.0 Web Map Service  03-109r1 D-RP
 1.3.0 OpenGIS Web Map Service Client (WMS) Implementation Specification  06-042 CC
 1.1.1 Web Map Service  01-068r3 D-IS
 1.1 Web Map Service  01-047r2 D-IS
 1.0 Web Map Service  00-028 D-IS
 0.9 WMS - Proposed Animation Service Extension  06-045r1 DP
 0.1.0 WMS Change Request: Support for WSDL & SOAP  04-050r1 DP
 0.0.3 WMS Part 2: XML for Requests using HTTP Post  02-017r1 DP


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3) Official Schemas


Note: You may also download All Official OGC Schemas in a single zip file.

4) Revision Working Groups

This specification is currently stable, however, Working Groups are put in place to actively address future changes.

5) Related News

OGC Requests Web Map Service Clients (WMS) Reference Implementations  2012-11-16 
The Open Geospatial Consortium's Web Map Service (WMS) Approved as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standard  2006-04-12 
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