September 27, 2002 – The Open GIS Consortium, has announced that three new OpenGIS Specifications were approved at the recent meeting in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The Web Feature Service Interface Specification (WFS), the Filter Encoding Implementation Specification and the Style Layer Descriptor (SLD) Implementation Specification are significant contributions to the Spatial Web – moving the global community closer to the OGC vision of ubiquitous geospatial integration on the Web, regardless of hardware platform, device or software.
Each specification solves significant interoperability issues for mapping data and service integration on the Web. Vendor products that implement the Web Feature Service Specification can support distributed, Web-based geospatial feature data operations critical to government, commercial, academic and other applications. In particular,
software that implements WFS can access, query, create, update or delete data from servers that adhere to the specification, no matter the vendor, data storage format or location. For example, for a given situation there are no roadblocks to updating, sharing and using mapping information at the most detailed level. The Filter Encoding Specification enables any client to specify a query for information from WFS enabled server. The Style Layer Descriptor Implementation Specification provides the ability to describe rules for symbolizing maps.