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How to Use a WMS

There are a number of ways to connect to a Web Map Service so you can display air photos and other maps on your computer without having to download the data.

Viewers and GIS Software

Many online viewers and geographic information systems software packages can connect directly with the service. Once connected, you can view and use the images just as you would if they were on your computer. Check your software manual or help files for specific instructions on how to add a web mapping service.

Here are several examples:

Use without an Internet Connection

Create Your Own Web Application

Programmers and web developers can add WMS services to their website applications. For example, see the technical specifications for MnGeo's Geospatial Image Service.

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