On-demand geospatial data access via standard webservices | Tutorial

This tutorial gives an introduction to the standard data-access protocols Web Coverage Service (WCS) 2.0 and its extension Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS) 1.0. Both standards are defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

In the framework of the H2020-funded EarthServer-2 project, the European Centre of Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is setting up a WCS server in order to study the feasibility and to demonstrate the potential of efficient web-based data access via WCS and WCPS interfaces. You can find more information about ECMWF's role within EarthServer here.

This tutorial provides (i) a general introduction to web standards for geospatial data and (ii) practical hands-on exercises how to access, retrieve and process data served with a WCS server.

After working through the tutorial, you should have a clearer idea of

  • OGC standards for geospatial data in general,
  • the purpose and importance of the WCS and WCPS standards,
  • how data can be accessed, processed and retrieved with the help of a WC(P)S, and
  • how WC(P)S requests can easily be integrated into processing routines or used to build custom web-applications.

We are very interested in your feedback. Please let us know your experiences working with a WCS service and furthermore, your individual requirements of a web-service like this. We also appreciate any constructive feedback to this tutorial.

Enjoy exploring WCS and WCPS!

Tutorial Notebooks

The following notebooks contain the tutorial materials.


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