This is a follow on from a Question that I asked last year entitled Is there a public OGC Catalog Service (CSW) available?. That Question has an Accept-ed Answer but I would now like to expand upon the question slightly.

Is there a public OGC Catalog Service (CSW) available which serves URLs that can be bound to as Live Data and Maps by ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2?

I would like to learn of a CSW service URL (with its Profile specified) that I could use to Configure the CSW Client of ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2 so that I can see it add a WMS service to ArcMap by using the Add to Map button rather than by using copy/paste of URLs.

A Comment on my Answer to Is there an exhaustive, searchable catalog of all GIS web services (e.g. OGC WMS/WFS, REST, SOAP)? says that it is possible but I do not recall ever being able to do it personally, including during tests I performed yesterday using the latest versions of ArcGIS for Desktop and its CSW Client.

After upgrading to ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop and @Luke resolving Where to download CSW Client for ArcMap (ArcGIS for Desktop)? at that new version, I was able to conclude my test successfully.

I cannot comment on whether it now works at 10.2.x because I forgot to re-check before upgrading from 10.2.2 and my initial testing was at 10.2.

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URL: http://www.ga.gov.au/geonetwork/srv/en/csw?request=GetCapabilities&service=CSW

Profile: "GeoNetwork CSW 2.0.2 APISO"

Direct link to record highlighted in the screenshots below.

CSW Client config:

CSW Client config

Search results:

Search results

Added to TOC:

Added to TOC

  • @PolyGeo note that not all results from this CSW have map services that can be added as "Live Data and Maps"
    – user2856
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 2:18
  • but if I choose the one you illustrated then I'll be able to see one? That's enough for my proof of concept purposes.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 2:24
  • @PolyGeo yes that one has a wms.
    – user2856
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 2:34
  • Sorry to drop the ball on this. I don't think I ever got back to it and have now upgraded to ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop where I am blocked from testing by gis.stackexchange.com/questions/139105/… Hopefully, that will resolve quickly so that I can retest.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 23:24

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