[FWTools] GDAL and WFS Simple Features

Roy Mendelssohn Roy.Mendelssohn at noaa.gov
Sun Sep 30 10:25:56 EDT 2007

Thanks!  That is what I needed to know.


On Sep 29, 2007, at 10:20 PM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:

> On 9/28/07, Roy Mendelssohn <Roy.Mendelssohn at noaa.gov> wrote:
>> I am somewhat out of my area of knowledge here, but I thought someone
>> on the list might be able to help.  Someone we are working with will
>> be setting up a WFS service using I believe ArcIMS  (it is one of the
>> ESRI server products).  I assume that this sends a WFS restricted to
>> Simple Features Profile of some sort.  My question is are there tools
>> in Gdal/OGR that should be able to translate these files to other
>> formats, or are there other open source libraries that are likely to
>> be able to do that  (I.e we want to use the results in our own pages
>> not using tools like Mapserver of the like)?
> Roy,
> OGR includes a GML reader (when built with Xerces) that will read
> most WFS produced GML files - at least GML 2.
>> If the library would
>> require some development, as opposed to the utilities in Gdal say, we
>> would prefer Java libraries. Can Openlayers provide the translation,
>> even if we do not use it for the mapping?
> GDAL has Java bindings but they aren't well maintained currently.
> GeoTools (Java) has what I believe to be substantialy better GML
> support than OGR, so if you are looking for Java GML support it is
> an obvious candidate.
> OpenLayers includes GML reading and writing, but I *think* it
> may only be GML geometries as opposed to GML feature
> collections.
> In summary, OGR utilities should be a reasonable good and fast
> way of translating WFS GML to other formats.  However, GeoTools
> will give you better (safer/more complete) GML support and is
> available in a Java environment.
> Best regards,
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