ISO 19142

Working Group 
Reference Status/Date Name WG

ISO/CD 19142

Geographic information — Web Feature Service 4

ISO 19142:2010

2010-12-06 Geographic information — Web Feature Service 4



his International Standard specifies the behaviour of a web feature service that provides transactions on and access to geographic features in a manner independent of the underlying data store. It specifies discovery operations, query operations, locking operations, transaction operations and operations to manage stored parameterized query expressions.

Discovery operations allow the service to be interrogated to determine its capabilities and to retrieve the application schema that defines the feature types that the service offers.

Query operations allow features or values of feature properties to be retrieved from the underlying data store based upon constraints, defined by the client, on feature properties.

Locking operations allow exclusive access to features for the purpose of modifying or deleting features.

Transaction operations allow features to be created, changed, replaced and deleted from the underlying data store.

Stored query operations allow clients to create, drop, list and describe parameterized query expressions that are stored by the server and can be repeatedly invoked using different parameter values.

NOTE This International Standard does not address the access control issues.

This International Standard defines 11 operations:

  • GetCapabilities (discovery operation);
  • DescribeFeatureType (discovery operation);
  • GetPropertyValue (query operation);
  • GetFeature (query operation);
  • LockFeature (locking operation);
  • GetFeatureWithLock (query and locking operation);
  • Transaction (transaction operation);
  • CreateStoredQuery (stored query operation);
  • DropStoredQuery (stored query operation);
  • ListStoredQueries (stored query operation);
  • DescribeStoredQueries (stored query operation). 


Document Normative References:

ISO/TS 19103:2005, Geographic information — Conceptual schema language

ISO 19136:2007, Geographic information — Geography Markup Language (GML)

ISO 19143:2010, Geographic information — Filter encoding

IETF RFC 2616, Hypertext Transfer Protocol — HTTP/1.1 (June 1999)

IETF RFC 4646, Tags for Identifying Languages (September 2006)

OGC 06-121r3, OGC Web Services Common Specification, OGC® Implementation Specification (9 February 2009)

OGC 07-092r3, Definition identifier URNs in OGC namespace, OGC® Best Practices (15 January 2009)

W3C SOAP, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) 1.2, W3C Note (27 April 2007)

W3C WSDL, Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 1.1, W3C Note (15 March 2001)

W3C XML Namespaces, Namespaces in XML, W3C Recommendation (14 January 1999)

W3C XML Path Language, XML Path Language (XPath) 2.0, W3C Recommendation (23 January 2007)

W3C XML Schema Part 1, XML Schema Part 1: Structures, W3C Recommendation (2 May 2001)

W3C XML Schema Part 2, XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes, W3C Recommendation (2 May 2001)


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