The Web Feature Service provides access to geospatial features in a manner independent of the underlying data store. WFS can also provide the capability to perform operations to create, update and delete features from a data store.

Technical specifications sometimes have optional features, such that two conforming implementations may not inter-operate completely due to choosing different sets of optional features to support. Even when no formal optional features exist within a standard, there is still a risk that vendors will not implement functionality that is most important to the military community.

This document provides recommended implementation profiles for the ISO 19142:2010 Web Feature Service / Open Geospatial Consortium Web Feature Service Interface Standard (WFS) 2.0 – With Corrigendum. It defines a minimum set of service requirements necessary to ensure usability in an operational coalition environment.

The profiles cited in this document are designed to both increase interoperability between WFS servers and to improve the ease of implementation of the WFS standard.

The following general categories of requirements for implementing a DGIWG WFS 2.0 profile have been considered.

  • Filter operators (spatial, temporal,…) to generate queries to access data
  • Operations and parameters to create, read, update and delete data
  • Adaptation to network, bandwidth constraints (response paging, compression)
  • Platform and system independent output formats
  • Quality of service (performance, capacity or availability)
  • Pre-defined queries (use case dependent data set)


DGIWG # Document Title (Click to Download) Edition Edition Date
122 Defence Profile of OGC Web Feature Service 2.0 2.0.2 2019-11-06


DGIWG # Document Title (Click to Download) Edition Edition Date
122 DGIWG Web Feature Service (WFS) Profile 1.1.0 2015-02-09
122 DGIWG Web Feature Service (WFS) Profile 2.0.0 2015-11-16
122 DGIWG Web Feature Service (WFS) Profile 1.0.0 2013-05-02