[OSGeo-Discuss] Options for sharing geodata symbology along with WFS?

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 20:33:20 PDT 2009

Register your SymbologyEncoding documents in an OGC catalog and search  
for them by FeatureType name (make sure to use the FeatureType  
hierarchy so your styles can be arranged from general to specific). Or  
go low tech and set up an ftp site with a directory of styles for each  

Finally you can publish out styles using WMS; and the layer  
description for a wms layer can tell you which wfs service has the  
same data in raw form...


On 15/08/2009, at 1:58 AM, Alexandre Leroux wrote:

> Hi all,
> My team is starting to play with WFS and a colleague had the  
> following question: what are the options we have for sharing the  
> symbology of geodata served via WFS?
> If I'm not mistaken, symbology isn't part of the WFS service. I know  
> there's the OGC Symbology Encoding standard, but is this the best  
> way to share symbology of WFS-served data? Can't the geodata be  
> styled directly by the GML styles of the WFS-served data? If that's  
> an option, what tool (open source ideally, of course) should we use  
> to create those styles?
> To be honest, no one of my team knows a lot about WFS yet (or much  
> on the other OGC standards). I thought of asking the WFS forum (http://feature.opengeospatial.org/forumbb/viewforum.php?f=17 
>  ) but activity is pretty low. I'm confident this list will provide  
> insightful answers! :-) To my defense for this OSGeo-unrelated  
> question, we do process and serve all the related geodata using  
> OSGeo software! ;-)
> Thanks for any replies!
> Alex
> -- 
> Alexandre Leroux, M.Sc., Ing.
> Environnement Canada / Environment Canada
> Centre météorologique canadien / Canadian Meteorological Centre
> Section de la réponse aux urgences environnementales /
> Environmental Emergency Response Section
> alexandre.leroux at ec.gc.ca
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