The OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) Interface Standard is an open standard widely implemented in geospatial applications around the world. The standard’s main function up until now has been to support retrieval of geospatial "coverages" data such as spatio-temporal sensor, image, simulation, and statistics data. With the new Transaction extension, the standard will support not only retrieval but also transactions such as create, update, and delete. When geographic information systems (GIS), scientific models and other geospatial systems and services implement the standard, users of those systems and services gain versatile access to geospatial information from a wide variety of sources. Such access will be useful generally in geospatial information management and use, and also in “big data” applications that involve geospatial data.
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