ESRI Canada, announced client support for OGC-compliant data sources that will allow users of ESRI software to leverage the capabilities of Web Map Servers (WMS), Web Feature Servers (WFS), and data stored as Geographic Markup Language (GML) files. This client support is available now as free extensions to ESRI products (ArcGIS
Desktop and ArcExplorer Java Edition 4.01) and is included in ArcExplorer Web Services Edition, an online application that may be accessed through a web browser.
The OGC Interoperability Add-on delivers support for OpenGIS Web Map Services (WMS versions 1.0.0, 1.1.0, and 1.1.1) and Web Feature Services (WFS 1.0.0) to the ArcGIS Desktop 8.3 products (ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo). Using the OGC Interoperability Add-on, ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo can also write out any feature layer as a GML document that are compliant with a specific profile and add those GML documents to any map view.
The Interoperability Extension for ArcExplorer – Java Edition 4.0.1 includes the same level of support as the ArcGIS OGC Interoperability Add-on. Using this extension, ArcExplorer Java Edition users can connect to WMS and WFS data sources, and write out feature layers as GML documents.
Both the OGC Interoperability Add-on for ArcGIS and the Interoperability Extension for ArcExplorer – Java Edition 4.0.1 are available now and can be downloaded from the ESRI Canada Interoperability Download Centre: .
ArcExplorer Web is a custom mapping application that lets you view one or multiple map services in a Web browser. Users can save the maps they create and include links to these maps on their website. ArcExplorer Web supports WMS and ArcIMS services allowing users to access hundreds of map services available through Internet mapping sites such as the Geography Network, and view these services individually or together. ArcExplorer Web can be accessed from the ESRI Canada Interoperability Download Center: