2005-11-16

WFS, whererfore art thou?

WMS is awesome! This OGC standard is great is its own right. The USGS, GeoSpatial One-Stop, and the FGDC are all publishing data layers by the boatload. The problem is, that WMS published data doesn't let you query the tablular data or change symbology to reflect it.

Enter WFS. WFS allows direct record-level access to the data sets rather than simply displaying them as a pre-symbolized aggregate visual. It's great stuff. But nobody is publishing in it....Why? Something in the back of my head says that the data publishers really don't want to distribute data, just maps. Am I just crazy?

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