The OGC announces that the OGC membership has adopted the The OGC® WMTS
The original OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) interface standard specifies a standard way for servers to serve map tiles of spatially referenced data using prepared tile images with predefined content, extent, and resolution. It builds on earlier efforts to develop scalable, high performance services for web based distribution of cartographic maps. WMTS includes both resource (RESTful approach) and procedure oriented architectural styles (Key-Value-Pair and SOAP encoding). WMTS complements the OGC Web Map Service (WMS) Interface Standard, which focuses on rendering custom maps. WMTS trades the flexibility of custom map rendering for the scalability and performance gained by pre-rendering tiles that can be stored and then served on-demand without waiting for compute-intensive rendering operations.