Know your geospatial data services – which one is right for you
WMTS (Web Map Tile Service), WFS (Web Feature Service), and WMS (Web Map Service) are all web-based geospatial data services that allow for the delivery of geographic data over the internet. However, each service serves a different purpose and has a different target audience.
WMTS is designed for the quick and efficient delivery of pre-rendered map tiles. It is used by web mapping applications to display geographic data, such as maps, satellite images, and terrain data, in a fast and responsive manner.
WFS, on the other hand, is designed to serve vector data, such as points, lines, and polyggon features. It allows clients to request specific features, such as buildings, roads, or boundaries, and receive them in a format that can be displayed in a web-based mapping application or GIS software.
WMS is a service that serves pre-rendered map images. It is similar to WMTS, but instead of delivering pre-rendered tiles, it delivers a single, pre-rendered image for a specific geographic area and scale. WMS is often used by GIS professionals and organizations to serve their maps to a broader audience, such as the general public or other organizations.
So, in conclusion, WMTS, WFS, and WMS are all web-based geospatial data services that deliver according to the differing needs of various audiences.
- WMTS is designed for the quick and efficient delivery of pre-rendered map tiles.
- WFS is designed to serve vector data. You can find more about WFS here.
- WMS is a service that serves pre-rendered map images. You can find out more about WMTS & WMS here.
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