ISO 19128

Working Group 
Reference Status/Date Name WG

ISO/PWI 19128

Geographic information — Web map server interface 4

ISO 19128:2005

2005-11-23 Geographic information — Web map server interface 4



This International Standard specifies the behaviour of a service that produces spatially referenced maps dynamically from geographic information. It specifies operations to retrieve a description of the maps offered by a server to retrieve a map, and to query a server about features displayed on a map. This International Standard is applicable to pictorial renderings of maps in a graphical format; it is not applicable to retrieval of actual feature data or coverage data values. 


Document Normative References:

ISO 8601:2004, Data elements and interchange formats — Information interchange — Representation of dates and times

ISO 19111, Geographic information — Spatial referencing by coordinates

ISO 19115:2003, Geographic information — Metadata

EPSG (February 2003), European Petroleum Survey Group Geodesy Parameters, Lott, R., Ravanas, B., Cain, J., Simonson, G, and Nicolai, R., eds., available at <>

IETF RFC 2045 (November 1996), Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies, Freed, N. and Borenstein, N., eds., available at <>

IETF RFC 2396 (August 1998), Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax, Berners-Lee, T., Fielding, N., and Masinter, L., eds., available at <>

IETF RFC 2616 (June 1999), Hypertext Transfer Protocol – HTTP/1.1, Gettys, J., Mogul, J., Frystyk, H., Masinter, L., Leach, P., and Berners-Lee, T., eds., available at <>

UCUM, Unified Code for Units of Measure, Schadow, G. and McDonald, C.J. (eds.), version 1.5 <>

XML 1.0, Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0, World Wide Web Consortium Recommendation, Bray, T., Paoli, J., Sperberg-McQueen, C.M., and Maler, E., eds., available at <>

XML Schema, XML Schema Part 1: Structures, World Wide Web Consortium Recommendation, Thompson, H.S., Beech, D., Maloney, M., and Mendelsohn, N., eds., available at <>


Referenced from active ISO/TC 211 standard:


Model References:


User Stories

Austria - – The Open Data Map of Austrian Administrations

Canada - Canada’s ISO story, and our future

China - A web application for visualizing spatial data

China - Coupling ISO Standards in SDI of Hainan: Disaster Emergency Response and Impact Assessment

China - Distribution of georeferenced maps over intranet - Jiangsu Transport GIS Service Platform

China - National Platform for Common Geospatial Information Services

ECJRC - The European INSPIRE Directive

Norway - National standard for modelling geospatial data and services

Sweden - Distribution of georeferenced maps over internet


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