Geoscience Australia provides web services for public use that allow access to our data without having to store datasets locally. Geoscience Australia supports a variety of web service protocols, including Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services and ESRI mapping and image services.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) developed the Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS) and Web Coverage Services (WCS) specifications to facilitate the interoperability of geospatial data.
- A WMS produces an image (e.g. PNG, JPG) of geospatial data which can be queried to return a simple attribute set.
- A WFS delivers all the geospatial data in XML format and allows more complex querying of a dataset.
- A WCS provides access to coverage data in forms that are useful for client-side rendering, as input into scientific models, and for other clients.
How to use Web Services
To use Geoscience Australia's web services you will need access to software which can communicate with the web services, such as an online web portal or a GIS application. The links below provide instructions for using some commonly available desktop applications (both proprietary and open source) to access the OGC web services and ESRI mapping and image services provided by Geoscience Australia. Not all of the services will work in all of the software systems.