Service definition by the Open Geospatial Consortium that defines exchange of bitmap tiles for map display

AuthorOGC

Goals

Goal is to unify the exchange of bitmap tiles for web-mapping.

Definition

The Service has the following operations (for full details check the specification)

  • GetCapabilities (Advertises supported layers, projections, grids, formats, etc)
  • GetTile (Returns the requested tile)
  • GetFeatureInfo (provides details about a selected feature)
  • GetLegendGraphic (renders a map legend)

Implementations

Servers * GeoServer (GeoWebCache) * MapCache * Mapproxy

Clients * Leaflet * OpenLayers * ArcBrutile (popular tile layers in ArcGIS) * QGIS

Note

There are a couple of competing alternatives for this standard; TMS and WMS-c. MapCache and GeoServer support all of these protocols. Mapnik is a typical tool that supports these only. Some new vector protocols introduced the tiling concept for Vector Data.

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