The latest version of the NBN Gateway web services are now available for testing. We have started writing a library section on the NBN Gateway website (http://www.searchnbn.net/library/webser … sIndex.jsp) to document the services and provide examples. Here you can find the latest versions of the schemas (http://www.searchnbn.net/library/webser … d_wsdl.jsp).
There are some examples in java using the web services. These will be extended over the coming weeks and, hopefully, will also cover .net and php.
The services are in still in development, but in summary the current functionality available includes:
1. GridMap - lets you create a grid map of species record distribution
2. Taxon Groups Lists - create a list of taxon groups
a. For a known site (i.e. SSSI where we have the boundary on the gateway.
b. 10km grid square
c. Point defined using easting and northing or lat long coordinates
d. Point + buffer
e. Bounding box
f. Multi-part polygon
3. Species Lists - create a list of species based on any of the spatial filters described above, or create a species list of all species recorded on the Gateway. Species lists can be filtered by
taxonomic group (e.g. butterflies) and/or designation (BAP, SOCC, Scottish Biodiversity List).
4. Species records - Get species records for
a. Point defined using easting and northing or lat long coordinates
b. Point + buffer
c. Bounding box
d. Multi-part polygon
e. All records for a single species
Records for species from a known site and 10km grid square are not currently available.
For more detailed descriptions refer either to the schemas and documentation or the web service descriptions on the Gateway library.
Finally, we are hoping the smart groups forum (http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/nbn_services) will become the focal point for discussion of the services. If you have any questions or bugs to report - which I'm sure you probably will if you start playing - please send them into that forum.