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Using OGC services as map layers

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Last modified August 6, 2010
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You can use many Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), services that are available on the Web using ArcGIS Desktop—for example, you can use WMS, WFS, and WCS services in ArcMap. In addition, you can use ArcGIS Desktop to publish Web services using a variety of OGC protocols.

The major OGC interfaces supported by ArcGIS include the following:

One of the key uses is to add OGC layers in ArcMap, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe. These are most often WMS, WFS, and WCS data sources, which are described in this part of the help.

For more information regarding OGC WMS specifications, see the OGC Web site at

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