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ows4R – R Interface to OGC Web-Services (OWS)

ows4R provides an Interface to Web-Services defined as open standards by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), including Web Feature Service (WFS) for vector data, Web Coverage Service (WCS), Catalogue Service (CSW) for ISO/OGC metadata, Web Processing Service (WPS) for data processes, and associated standards such as the common web-service specification (OWS) and OGC Filter Encoding. Partial support is provided for the Web Map Service (WMS). The purpose is to add support for additional OGC service standards such as Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS), the Sensor Observation Service (SOS), or even new standard services emerging such OGC API or SensorThings.

It currently targets:

Do you have a question? support request? you can create a ‘discussion’ here


The following projects have contributed to strenghten ows4R:

Blue-Cloud has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon programme call BG-07-2019-2020, topic: [A] 2019 - Blue Cloud services, Grant Agreement No.862409.


We thank in advance people that use ows4R for citing it in their work / publication(s). For this, please use the citation provided at this link DOI

OGC standards coverage status

Standard Description Supported versions Unsupported versions Supported R bindings Support
OGC Filter Filter Encoding 1.1.0 2.0 ongoing
OGC Common Web Service Common 1.1,2.0 ongoing
OGC CSW Catalogue Service 2.0.2 3.0.0 geometa (ISO 19115 / 19119 / 19110 / 19139 XML) ongoing - seeking sponsors
OGC WFS Web Feature Service 1.0.0,1.1.0,2.0.0 sf (OGC Simple Feature) ongoing
OGC WMS Web Map Service 1.1.0,1.1.1,1.3.0 sf (OGC Simple Feature - for GetFeatureInfo operation) ongoing
OGC WCS Web Coverage Service 1.0.0, 1.1.0, 1.1.1, 2.0.1, 2.1.0 terra ongoing
OGC WPS Web Processing Service 1.0.0 2.0 under development (contribs welcome)
OGC SOS Sensor Observation Service 1.0,2.0 under investigation - seeking sponsors

In case of a missing feature, create a ticket.

Development perspectives

Support for additional OGC web-service standard specifications including:

For more information, or if you are interested in funding this R project or to contribute to it, do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail