Directory Structure for Map Services
The GeoServices REST Specification provides a way for Web clients to communicate with geographic information system (GIS) servers through Representational State Transfer (REST) technology.
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Excerpt from ESRI Documentation:
The GeoServices REST Specification provides a standard way for web clients to communicate with geographic information system (GIS) servers through Representational State Transfer (REST) technology. Clients issue requests to the server through structured URLs. The server responds with map images, text-based geographic information, or other resources that satisfy the request. Although the GeoServices REST Specification was originally built to communicate with Esri's ArcGIS® Server product, the specification has been opened such that developers can expose the GeoServices REST Specification request structure from other back-end GIS servers or processes.
To implement the GeoServices REST Specification, developers architect the back-end server to respond to specifically structured REST requests in an expected way. For example, if someone issues a request to the server to export a map image, such as //<mapservice-url>/export?bbox=-127.8,15.4,-63.5,60.5, the server should return a map image with a lower left coordinate of (-127.8, 15.4) and an upper right coordinate of (-63.5, 60.5). How the server generated the image is not so important as the fact that it responded in an expected way when issued a URL whose structure followed the GeoServices REST Specification.
The full GeoServices REST Specification is described in this document. Developers can choose how much or how little to implement. For example, if geocoding or geoprocessing operations are not exposed by the GIS server, developers may not need to implement the Geocode Service or GP Service piece of the specification.
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