Does GeoServer or MapServer have anything analogous to the ArcGIS Server services directory? Is there a convenient endpoint where you can see all the services hosted on a particular machine?

Edit: I'm looking for the GeoServer or MapServer equivalent of this: http://sampleserver3.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services

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This page (http://ian01.geog.psu.edu/geoserver/web/) in GeoServer gives links to all the capabilities documents for the server. I can't tell from the link you provided what exactly you want to find out.

  • Nice, I think that's it. Also, I see you're at PSU...I graduated from there in '04 with a BS in Geography...WE ARE! Nov 3, 2010 at 0:20
  • This link is good, and could well be the current answer. However, I still think what your asking can be done with MapServer/GeoServer, its just not been done yet. See this post for some more info gis.stackexchange.com/questions/2768/esri-rest-api-clients/…
    – jakc
    Nov 3, 2010 at 11:52

Since ESRI have opened up the specification behind the REST API, I have been keeping my ears peeled on when someone will create a similar REST structure plug-in for either Map/Geo-server.

Not heard of anything yet, but hopefully someone else knows more?

  • why would anyone want to do that? GeoServer and MapServer support international open standards to allow the interoperability of geospatial data. What would be the advantage to implementing ESRI's spec?
    – Ian Turton
    Nov 2, 2010 at 23:37
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    @iant- you could then use one API (albeit esri's...) to interact with data served from both ArcGIS Server and other server side GIS packages. Nov 3, 2010 at 0:18
  • Also means ESRI-Shop who maybe running esri-centric applications (any of the web APIs) could also easily leverage off Open Source alternatives such as MapServer/GeoServer.
    – jakc
    Nov 3, 2010 at 8:24
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    But ESRI can manage WMS and WFS data already, again why go down a proprietary cul-de-sac when you can stay in the open?
    – Ian Turton
    Nov 3, 2010 at 13:21
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    And ESRI can change the spec any time that they want...
    – DavidF
    Nov 3, 2010 at 16:19

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