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I am working on agriculture forecasting project. It is the integration of SOA, web services, ontologies etc. What is better for spatial data analysis ? REST or SOAP ? WMS, WFS are used but either use REST or SOAP ? PLZ reply as soon as possible.

I am going to use QGIS. So please give me suggestion in that context.

Thank You.

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Could you help us connect what you mean by "spatial data analysis" to the rest of your question, which seems to focus exclusively on encoding spatial data for network transmission? –  whuber Jul 13 '12 at 19:11

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REST & SOAP are request/response theories and orthogonal concerns to spatial data analysis. REST is more popular in open-source code, so if you're designing an application, look to it first, but as far as using existing code, this shouldn't be a major decision.

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I think this presentation might be helpful to your question: http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/devsummit09/papers/keynote_chappell.pdf

REST is lighter, better for web applications. ESRI has been transitioning from SOAP to REST recently.

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Could you sum up the key ideas in your answer please. –  underdark Jul 14 '12 at 10:25
    
REST is lighter, better for web applications. ESRI has been transitioning from SOAP to REST recently. –  Anıl Çelik Jul 14 '12 at 10:33

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