[OSGeo-Standards] GeoServices REST specification (ESRI)

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Jun 16 19:36:29 EDT 2011

Following on from Bart's comments,
I suggest that when assessing how to incorporate the GeoServices REST 
specification, that it be valued from the "Cost to Implement &Migrate" 
for developers.

In order to encourage take up of standards, we need to ensure the full 
suite of standards are easy to use. Which means should aim to avoid any 
situation where a developer will need to chose between one standard or 
another similar standard, or worse, be expected to support multiple 
versions of the similar things.

On 16/06/2011 11:32 PM, creed at opengeospatial.org wrote:
> Bart -
> Thanks for the email. We are only in the initial steps of the process.
> There will be a Standards Working Group formed in the near term.
> Additional work will be done on the document and then there will be a
> public comment period.
> Currently, the submission team has removed the majority of Esri
> references. The desire is to make sure the that the API is vendor
> technology neutral and that there are no requirements tied to any
> particular software solution. As to the service ontology reflecting the
> Esri services model, I cannot comment as I am not familiar with the Esri
> services model.
> Anyway, I will pass your suggestions onto the submission team.
> Thanks again.
> Carl
>> Hi list,
>> today I started reading / glancing at the GeoServices REST specification
>> from ESRI.
>> My first impression is that it is very closely tied to the ESRI services
>> model (MapService, FeatureService, GeoProcessingService etc.).
>> Would it not be much better to come up with a REST/JSON representation of
>> the current OGC Services (WMS / WFS etc.)?
>> That would make more sense to me.
>> As an additional comment, I think it would make a great document for doing
>> a fit-gap analysis for the current OGC web services, i.e. to find out
>> what's missing in current OGC services.
>> Comments/thoughts welcome.
>> Best regards,
>> Bart
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