OGC Web Services Context Document (OWS Context)


This standard describes the use cases, requirements and conceptual model for the OWS Context encoding standard. The goal of this standard is to provide a core model, which is extended and encoded as defined in extensions to this standard. A ‘context document’ specifies a fully configured service set which can be exchanged (with a consistent interpretation) among clients supporting the standard. The OGC Web Services Context Document (OWS Context) was created to allow a set of configured information resources (service set) to be passed between applications primarily as a collection of services. OWS Context is developed to support in-line content as well. The goal is to support use cases such as the distribution of search results, the exchange of a set of resources such as OGC Web Feature Service (WFS), Web Map Service (WMS), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), Web Coverage Service (WCS) and others in a ‘common operating picture’. Additionally OWS Context can deliver a set of configured processing services (Web Processing Service (WPS)) parameters to allow the processing to be reproduced on different nodes.

Additional Resources – Public Site

For more information on OWS Context including developer resources and information on in-progress work, please visit http://www.owscontext.org/ . For the official OGC member approved versions of the standard, see the Download information below.


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Document title Version OGC Doc No. Type
OGC OWS Context Conceptual Model 1.0 12-080r2 IS
OGC OWS Context Atom Encoding Standard 1.0 12-084r2 IS
OGC® Testbed-10 Rules for JSON and GeoJSON Adoption: Focus on OWS-Context 14-009r1 PER
OGC OWS Context GeoJSON Encoding Standard 1.0 14-055r2 IS

Official model files and encoding schemas

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