Web Services

We deliver catalogs, maps, and data through standard programmatic interfaces, and use the MapServer software platform as part of our backend. Web Services enable machine to machine transfer of database content, and also enable the development of new and innovative Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  A variety of OGC-enabled clients, both freeware and commercial packages, including User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig), GeoMapApp, Gaia, NASA World Wind, and ArcGIS can be used to directly access some of our content.

Our data and metadata holdings can be accessed through a variety of web service protocols:

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) WxS Services

WxS Services can be used for live access to many of our data holdings


REST-type Services

We offer REST-type Services to enable direct queries to our databases:


OpenSearch Services

The MGDL OpenSearch collection-level service provides XML records as an Atom feed. The service URL template (where XXX is typically a cruise ID) is: /api/opensearch/1.1/collection/XXX ,
eg. http://www.marine-geo.org/api/opensearch/1.1/collection/EW9207