ISO 19168-1

Working Group 4 
Reference Status/Date Name WG

ISO 19168-1:2020

2020-09-14 Geographic information —
Geospatial API for features — Part 1: Core



This document specifies the behaviour of Web APIs that provide access to features in a dataset in a manner independent of the underlying data store. This document defines discovery and query operations.

Discovery operations enable clients to interrogate the API, including the API definition and metadata about the feature collections provided by the API, to determine the capabilities of the API and retrieve information about available distributions of the dataset.

Query operations enable clients to retrieve features from the underlying data store based upon simple selection criteria, defined by the client.


Document Normative References:

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), RFC 2818: HTTP Over TLS [online]. Edited by E. Rescorla. 2000 [viewed 2020-03-16]. Available at

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), RFC 3339:2002: Date and Time on the Internet: Timestamps [online]. Edited by G. Klyne, C. Newman. 2002 [viewed 2020-03-16]. Available at

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), RFC 7230 to RFC 7235: HTTP/1.1 [online]. Edited by R. Fielding, J. Reschke, Y. Lafon, M. Nottingham. 2014 [viewed 2020-04-28]. Available at,,,,, and

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), RFC 8288:2017: Web Linking [online]. Edited by M. Nottingham. 2017 [viewed 2020-03-16]. Available at

OpenAPI Initiative (OAI), OpenAPI Specification 3.0 [online]. 2020 [viewed 2020-03-16]. The latest patch version at the time of publication of this standard was 3.0.3, available at


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