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12. Accessing Maps Through Web Services > 12.2. What Do Web Services for Mappin...

What Do Web Services for Mapping Do?

Mapping web services has been developed independently of the Web. They use similar approaches and follow some common communication protocols, but the web services for mapping are maintained independent of web services in general.

Web services for mapping are the future of web mapping. Computing and network resources have reached the level of sophistication to make this possible. As data sources continue to expand, the demand to have access to them increases. Meeting this demand will only be possible using mapping web services.

Web services for mapping essentially fill two roles: accessing remote data sources as a consumer and serving up or sharing data as a provider for others. Web services for mapping are all about sharing information.


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