Making the Web of Data Available Via Web Feature Services

  • Jim Jones
  • Werner Kuhn
  • Carsten KeßlerEmail author
  • Simon Scheider
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Interoperability is the main challenge on the way to efficiently find and access spatial data on the web. Significant contributions regarding interoperability have been made by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), where web service standards to publish and download spatial data have been established. The OGCs GeoSPARQL specification targets spatial data on the Web as Linked Open Data (LOD) by providing a comprehensive vocabulary for annotation and querying. While OGC web service standards are widely implemented in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and offer a seamless service infrastructure, the LOD approach offers structured techniques to interlink and semantically describe spatial information. It is currently not possible to use LOD as a data source for OGC web services. In this chapter we make a suggestion for technically linking OGC web services and LOD as a data source, and we explore and discuss its benefits. We describe and test an adapter that enables access to geographic LOD datasets from within OGC Web Feature Service (WFS), enabling most current GIS to access the Web of Data. We discuss performance tests by comparing the proposed adapter to a reference WFS implementation.


Geographic Information System Test Scenario SPARQL Query Link Open Data Open Geospatial Consortium 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



This work is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) through the Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) Project, KU 1368/11-1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Jones
    • 1
  • Werner Kuhn
    • 2
  • Carsten Keßler
    • 3
    Email author
  • Simon Scheider
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for GeoinformaticsUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Center for Spatial Studies University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.CARSI, Department of GeographyHunter College, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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