1.0 is released at the end of January, 2005.
provides an interoperable way of accessing geospatial Web services,
especially those from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), for integrating
and analyzing distributed heterogeneous Earth science data. MPGC is
in conformity with the OGC Catalog Service for Web (CSW) specification
to play a “directory” role that permits the registry, discovery
and access of geospatial information resources that are distributed
on the Internet. By implementing the latest protocols of the OGC Web
Feature Service (WFS), Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Coverage Service
(WCS), MPGC provides a single point of entry for access to OGC-compliant
data services around the world, to request any subsets of multi-dimensional
and multi-temporal geospatial data for a specific geographic region.
MPGC also can access tool-like Web services, such as the Web Image Classification
Service (WICS) and the Web Coordinate Transformation Service (WCTS),
to produce value-added data products. Moreover, it also can 1) reformat
the returning dataset in a data format specified by the user; 2) provide
robust visualization and analytical tools for geospatial data; and 3)
support multiple data formats: HDF, GeoTiff, GML, JPG, PNG, and GIF.