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USGS Seamless Datasets API

The USGS Seamless Datasets service is a collection of three API's that work in tandem to provide developers with a programmatic portal to the USGS Seamless and Tiled Server's data holdings. The Seamless Data Warehouse contains massive amounts of data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) - two projects backed by the Department of the Interior to create, maintain, and allow access to geospatial data of the United States.

The first of these API's is the Inventory Service, a data discovery service that provides information about what data is available in the server over a particular area of interest.

The Request Validation Service uses dataset information generated by previous calls to the Inventory Service (including the user-defined area of interest) to verify and validate the informaiton, resulting in a fully parameterized URL or set of URL's that can be used by the download service.

The download service takes the parameterized URL(s) created by the Request Validation Service to initiate a request for data, query the system for request status updates, and finally return the requested data to the user in XML format.

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USGS Seamless Datasets: Highlights

Summary
USGS mapping data service
Category
Mapping
Tags
Protocols
SOAP
Data Formats
XML
API home
http://gisdata.usgs.gov/XMLWebServices/Downlo ... 
This is 1 of
10 APIs by USGS

USGS Seamless Datasets: Specifications

Functionality

Client Install Required
No  

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
 
Developer Key Required
No  
Account Required
 
Commercial Licensing
 
Provider
usgs.gov  
Company
USGS  
Non-Commercial Lic.
 
Data Licensing
 
Usage Fees
 
Program Fees
 
Certification Program
 
Usage Limits
 
Terms of Service
 

Security

Authentication Model
 
SSL Support
No 
Read-only Without Login
 

Support

Vendor API Kits
Java, Python 
Community API Kits
 
API Blog
 
Site Blog
 
API Forum
 
Developer Support
 
Console URL
 

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