The OGC API family of standards are being developed to make it easy for anyone to provide geospatial data to the web. These standards build upon the legacy of the OGC Web Service standards (WMS, WFS, WCS, WPS, etc.), but define resource-centric APIs that take advantage of modern web development practices. This web page provides information on these standards in a consolidated location.

These standards are being constructed as "building blocks" that can be used to assemble novel APIs for web access to geospatial content. The building blocks are defined not only by the requirements of the specific standards, but also through interoperability prototyping and testing in OGC's Innovation Program.
To learn more about using the OGC APIs please view our guidelines here.

The OGC API Roadmap highlights the current and planned standards efforts as well as related extensions to those standards and Innovation Program and other projects influencing and refining the process of standardization.

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OGC Routing Pilot Sprint

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has released a Call for Participation (CFP) to solicit proposals for the OGC Routing Pilot Sprint, running November 22-December 3, 2021. Funding is available for participants. Submission proposals close November 5, 2021.

OGC Routing Pilot Sprint will help finalize the candidate standards for OGC API - Routes - Part 1: Core and the OGC Route Exchange Model.

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API Prospectus
OGC APIs prospectus available

Are you interested in supporting OGC APIs, or would like to learn more about them? Be a part of OGC's evolution of standards. Download our prospectus now.

OGC API Virtual Code Sprint November 2021

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and ISO / TC 211 invite software developers to the November 2021 Geospatial API Virtual Code Sprint, to be held from November 15th to November 17th, 2021. The event begins at 7:00am EST on the first day, and ends at 05:30pm EST on the last day.

A pre-event webinar will also take place on November 9th at 09:00am EST, and will outline the scope of work for the code sprint, and provide an overview of the candidate standards..

The code sprint will focus on all parts of OGC API Features and the related ISO Standard - 19168-1:2020.

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Approved Standard

OGC API - Features - Part 1: Core and Part 2: Coordinate Reference Systems by Reference are both publicly available.


OGC API - Common provides those elements shared by most or all of the OGC API standards to ensure consistency across the family. The candidate standard will soon be released for public review.


OGC API - Maps offers a modern approach to the OGC Web Map Service (WMS) standard for provision map and raster content.


OGC API - Records updates OGC’s Catalog Services for the Web by building on the simple access to content in OGC API - Features.


OGC API - Processes allows for processing tools to be called and combined from many sources and applied to data in other OGC API resources though a simple API.


OGC API - Coverages allows discovery, visualization and query of complex raster stacks and data cubes.


OGC API - Tiles provides extended functionality to other OGC API standards to deliver tiled data, such as Map Tiles.


The OGC API - Styles defines a Web API that enables map servers, clients as well as visual style editors, to manage and fetch styles...


Approved Standard

Environmental Data Retrieval (EDR) API provides a family of lightweight interfaces to access Environmental Data resources. Each resource addressed by an EDR API maps to a defined query pattern.


Enables applications to organise and access data arranged according to a Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS).


Enables applications to request routes in a manner independent of the underlying routing data set, routing engine or algorithm.


Compliance Testing and Certification

The executable test suite for Parts 1 and 2 of the OGC API - Features Standard is now available in the OGC Validation beta environment. More information about Compliance certification is on the OGC website.


OGC continues to use special events, hackathons, and sprints to validate the OGC API draft candidate standards as those standards evolve. By including the broadest possible selection of stakeholders, OGC can be confident that when the standards are published, those standards have already withstood testing and suitability evaluation.

  • November 2021

    November 2021 OGC API Virtual Code Sprint

    Find out more about this event taking place on November 15-17.
    The event begins at 7:00am EST on the first day, and ends at 05:30pm EST on the last day.

    Register Here

  • OGC Routing Pilot Sprint

    Find out more about this event taking place November 22-December 3, 2021. Read the call for participation (CFP) here.

OGC Web API guidelines

The OGC Architecture Board (OAB) considers architecture consistency and life cycle management of the OGC standards baseline. The OAB has developed OGC Web API Guidelines to be followed when building Web API standards. These guidelines are not mandatory or policy, rather their purpose is to assist standards developers to use common patterns and better align their efforts.

OGC API Videos

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OGC APIs: The Building Blocks for Location
OGC API Overview and Implementation
OGC API update - presented to the ESIP - November 2020
FOSS4G 2021 - OGC APIs: background, current state, what's next?
Apidays LIVE interface 2021 - Spatially enabling Web APIs through OGC Standards By Gobe Hobona
ApacheCon 2021 - OGC APIs: Web API Standards for Handling and Exchanging Location Data - Gobe Hobona, Scott Simmons
OGC’s WaterML 2.0 Quenches New Zealand’s Thirst for Information Integration
Bringing STAC into OGC

Since their beginning, the SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC) specification and OGC API - Features have been evolving together and continually aligning. This post explains the relationship between STAC, OGC API - Features, and OGC itself.

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OGC’s WaterML 2.0 Quenches New Zealand’s Thirst for Information Integration
A New Look for the Portrayal of Geospatial Information

Together, the Open Portrayal Framework and the SymCore standard define a modern and modular approach to portrayal based on the intent to have many extensions from a common conceptual model and many encodings of those extensions.

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OGC’s WaterML 2.0 Quenches New Zealand’s Thirst for Information Integration
Swimming in Data: OGC’s WaterML 2.0 Quenches New Zealand’s Thirst for Information Integration

By exploiting one of their most precious resources — water — OGC standards helped Kiwis conquer one of their most vexing challenges: disparate data sources. Like so many nations, New Zealand is engaged in a contentious game of environmental tug-of-war.

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OGC API - Maps Virtual Code Sprint
Revolutionizing Location data through accessibility: The OGC APIs Maps Virtual Code Sprint

On July 28 and 29, 2020, OGC hosted a virtual sprint to advance the OGC API - Maps candidate standard, one of many APIs being rolled out by the organization to revolutionize how location information is accessed and shared across the industry.

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Building an Interoperable Routing Engine (Part 1)
Building an Interoperable Routing Engine (Parts 1 & 2)

The goal of the Open Routing API Pilot was to develop an API that allowed requests for routes from different users in an interoperable and standardized way via Web protocols.

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OGC API - Tiles and its refinement at the 2020 Sprint
OGC API - Tiles and its refinement at the 2020 Sprint

Further testing and refinement to the OGC API - Tiles candidate standard - the spiritual successor to one of OGC’s most popular standards, the Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) - has occurred during another successful OGC Sprint. The candidate standard is just one of several efforts forming OGC’s move towards modular, resource-oriented, OpenAPI-based standards.

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The OGC Environmental Data Retrieval API: simple access to big data
The OGC Environmental Data Retrieval API: simple access to big data

Another step towards the creation of the OGC Environmental Data Retrieval (EDR) API Standard has been completed: the successful testing of some of the API’s capabilities during the OGC Environmental Data Retrieval API Sprint.

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OPF Hands
Open Portrayal Framework

Sharing Styles and Updating Tiles for a New Generation of Maps

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OGC APIs blog
OGC APIs and the evolution of OGC standards
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Supporting Documents

OGC and other documents supporting OGC API efforts.

The OGC API standards rely heavily upon fundamental concepts expressed in OGC White Papers and research and testing performed in Innovation Program activities and documented in Engineering Reports. OGC members are also specifying best practices for the use of web APIs and often share that guidance. The documents below provide some background to OGC API efforts.

Joint OGC OSGeo ASF Code Sprint 2021 Summary Engineering Report OGC API – Common and OGC API – Features Sprint 2020: Summary Engineering Report OGC API – Maps Sprint 2020: Summary Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: OpenAPI Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: Data Centric Security Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: OpenAPI Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: DGGS and DGGS API Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: Data Access and Processing Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: Data Access and Processing API Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: Machine Learning Training Data ER OGC Testbed-16: Aviation Engineering Report OGC Testbed-16: Earth Observation Application Packages with Jupyter Notebooks OGC Vector Tiles Pilot 2: Summary Engineering Report OGC Vector Tiles Pilot 2: Tile Set Metadata Engineering Report OGC Vector Tiles Pilot 2: Vector Tiles Filtering Language Engineering Report FGDC OGC Application Programming Interface Interoperability Assessment OGC API Prospectus Testbed-15 Styles API Engineering Report Testbed-15 Maps and Tiles API Engineering Report Testbed-15 Images and Changes Set API Engineering Report OGC Open Geospatial APIs - White Paper Joint OGC-W3C Spatial Data on the Web Best Practices OGC Testbed-14: Next Generation Web APIs - WFS 3.0 Engineering Report OGC Testbed-14 Next Generation APIs: Complex Feature Handling Engineering Report OGC Testbed-14: Application Package Engineering Report OGC Testbed-14: ADES & EMS Results and Best Practices Engineering Report OGC Testbed-14: Swath Coverage Engineering Report OGC Vector Tiles Pilot: WFS 3.0 Vector Tiles Extension Engineering Report Vector Tiles Pilot Extension Engineering Report API strategie voor de Nederlandse overheid (section in English)
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Innovation Program activities

The OGC Innovation Program provides a world-recognized process for users of geospatial technology to collaborate and share the advancement of technologies for future enterprise architectures.

If you have an idea for an initiative or simply have a question or comment, contact Ingo Simonis, Head of the OGC Innovation Program.

Use of OpenAPI in legacy OGC standards

While the OGC API standards are being developed in concert around common core elements, some older OGC web service standards have been described using OpenAPI. Examples of these legacy enhancements are found below.

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