Proceedings of the Fall 2006 Workshop of the HPI Research School on Service-Oriented Systems Engineering
Forced by Google Earth the topic of geoinformation has become mainstream. As 80 per cent of all digital information carries a spatial reference, there is a great opportunity for using geographic information as a basis for gaining insight into these data, for more efficient processing, and for developing new applications on the basis of such information. Especially 3D geoinformation gets more and more important for a variety of application domains. For enabling the interoperable access and processing of geoinformation, standards organizations as the Open Geospatial Consortium have specified different services and data description languages. This work gives an introduction to the field of 3D geoinformation services and points out open questions that arise from using geoservices. The focus is on the visualization aspects and the consequences for service design and integration with existing and future geoservice-based systems.