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

ows4R aims to set-up a pure R interface to OGC Web-Services. It currently targets:

  • the Common OGC Web-Services specifications, versions 1.1 and 2.0
  • the Catalogue Service for the Web (CSW), version 2.0.2 (including Transaction and Harvest operations)
  • the Web Feature Service (WFS), versions 1.0.0, 1.1.0, and 2.0.0
  • the Web Coverage Service (WCS), versions 1.0, 1.1.0, 1.1.1, 2.0.1 and 2.1.0
  • the Web Map Service (WMS), versions 1.1.0, 1.1.1, and 1.3.0
  • the Web Processing service (WPS) version 1.0.0

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


The following projects have contributed to strenghten ows4R:

  • for the WMS and WPS support (ongoing)

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.

  • for the WCS support (ongoing)


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)

In case of a missing feature, create a ticket.

Development perspectives

Support for additional OGC web-service standard specifications including:

  • Web Coverage Processing Service (WCPS)
  • Filter Encoding (FES) version 2.0
  • Web Feature Service (WFS) Transaction operations
  • Catalogue Service (CSW) version 3.0 (including Transaction and Harvest operations)

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