Print this page | Close window
geo.admin.ch

Geoservices: making information accessible and networking it

Geoservices are spatially referenced web services which make geodata accessible in structured form. Through geoservices it is possible to network geographical information over the Internet and to view or exchange data.

“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.

Portrayal services

Portrayal services

Here you will find portrayal services such as online mapping or web GIS applications. These are geographical information systems (GIS) or map services providing data on the Internet.

Download services

Download services
Soon, here you will find download services like Web-Feature-Services. These are services providing geodata in GML-format on the Internet.

Discovery Services

Discovery Services

Discovery services can be used to search for geoservices and geographical data-sets over the Internet.

Check services

Check services

Check services enable to verify the compliance of geoservices and geodata versus norms, standards and directives.

Contact: geo.admin.ch
Print this page | Close window