“Geoservices are networkable applications which simplify the use of electronic services for geodata and make it accessible in structured form.” (Geoinformation Act Art. 3 Para. j).
The Act requires the public administration to make geodata available through web services. Geoservices are defined as follows, in accordance with the Geoinformation Ordinance Art. 2 Paras. h to k.
- Portrayal service: Internet facility enabling graphically representable geographical data-sets to be displayed, enlarged, reduced and shifted; data to be overlaid; the relevant content of metadata to be displayed; and enabling navigation within geodata;
- Download service: Internet facility enabling the download of copies of geographical data-sets or parts of data-sets, and where possible enabling direct access;
- Discovery service: Internet facility enabling searches through geoservices and geographical data-sets on the basis of geographical metadata;
- Transformation service: Internet facility enabling the geometrical transformation of geographical data-sets between different reference systems.