Getting Data Through Web Services
Web services allow you to download the parts of the GISIN database you want to obtain, anytime you want to download them. The download will also contain the latest data. You do need to have experience programming and working with web services to access data in this way.
The GISIN website uses the GISIN protocol to provide access to data through web services. Please review the Protocol web pages. The information below will help you with the details of accessing GISIN.
2. REST Interface
The URL for the web service request is:
Each web service request contains: the URL for the web service (above), followed by the desired operation, additional parameters, and filters that are specified at the end of the URL request. The URL request should use "?" for the first delimiter and "&" for subsequent delimiters. Responses (including errors) are encoded in XML unless images are requested. Because some web services treat parameter names as case sensitive, please ensure the letter case of the request matches the specification exactly.
Operations (denoted by "Op=" in the URL request)
NOTE: The difference between the Inventory and Search operations is that the Inventory operation aggregates data and the Search operation returns data from individual records. The parameters are the same for these operations except that the inventory operation can specify a "count" parameter.Additional Parameters
Examples of Inventory and Search operations- Request the first ten Occurrence records:
http://www.gisin.org/GISIN/GISINWebService/WebService2.php?Op=Search&Model=Occurrence&Start=1&Limit=10- Request a count of all Occurrence data:
http://www.gisin.org/GISIN/GISINWebService/WebService2.php?Op=Inventory&Model=Occurrence&count=true- Request all SpeciesStatus records for the species, "Acacia dealbata", in Portugal, where it is present and harmful:
For more in-depth details on downloading data via GISIN web service and the filters available for each data model, see Section 3 of the Provide Data page.
The GISIN web site is hosted at Colorado State University's Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
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