Interface ReferenceSystem

All Superinterfaces:
All Known Subinterfaces:
CompoundCRS, CoordinateReferenceSystem, DerivedCRS, EngineeringCRS, GeneralDerivedCRS, GeocentricCRS, GeodeticCRS, GeographicCRS, ImageCRS, ParametricCRS, ProjectedCRS, SingleCRS, TemporalCRS, VerticalCRS

@UML(identifier="RS_ReferenceSystem", specification=ISO_19115, version=2003) public interface ReferenceSystem extends IdentifiedObject
Description of a spatial and temporal reference system used by a dataset. A reference system contains the metadata required to interpret spatial location information unambiguously. Two methods to describe spatial location are distinguished:
  • Spatial referencing by geographic identifier. Geographic identifiers are location descriptors such as addresses and grid indexes.
  • Spatial referencing by coordinates. This specialized case is handled by the CoordinateReferenceSystem subtype.
Reference systems contain the following properties (including those inherited from the IdentifiedObject parent interface):
  • A name (e.g. “WGS 84 / World Mercator”).
  • Alternative names or aliases, sometime used for abbreviations.
  • Identifiers allocated by authorities (e.g. “EPSG:3395”).
  • The domain of validity in which this reference system is valid (e.g. “World - between 80°S and 84°N”).
  • The scope or intended usage for this reference system (e.g. “Very small scale mapping”).
  • Remarks about this object, including data source information (e.g. “Euro-centric view of world excluding polar areas”).
See Also:
Departure from OGC/ISO abstract specification:
Departure for harmonization between different specifications The type defined in ISO 19115 has no relationship with ISO 19111. GeoAPI redefines this type as a subtype of IdentifiedObject and the common parent for and org.opengis.referencing.gazetteer.ReferenceSystemUsingIdentifiers. This change makes this interface closer to the legacy ISO 19115:2003 RS_ReferenceSystem than to ISO 19115:2015 MD_ReferenceSystem.
  • Field Details

  • Method Details

    • getDomainOfValidity

      @UML(identifier="domainOfValidity", obligation=OPTIONAL, specification=ISO_19111) default Extent getDomainOfValidity()
      Area or region or timeframe in which this (coordinate) reference system is valid.
      the reference system valid domain, or null if not available.
      Departure from OGC/ISO abstract specification:
      Departure for historical reason This method has been kept conformant with the specification published in 2003. Later revisions changed the multiplicity, so the return type should now be a collection. The singleton has been preserved in GeoAPI for historical reasons, and also because the Extent attributes already allow collections.
    • getScope

      Description of domain of usage, or limitations of usage, for which this Reference System object is valid.
      the domain of usage, or null if none.
      Departure from OGC/ISO abstract specification:
      Departure for historical reason This method was initially derived from the ISO 19111 specification published in 2003. Later revision (ISO 19111:2007) differs in 3 aspects:
      • ISO 19111:2007 moved this property from this type to the SC_CRS subtype. GeoAPI keeps this property here for historical reasons.
      • ISO 19111:2007 changed the obligation from optional to mandatory and requires the value to be "not known" if the scope is unknown. GeoAPI lefts the obligation unchanged: optional with null value for unknown scope.
      • ISO 19111:2007 changed the multiplicity from singleton to a collection. GeoAPI keeps the singleton type for historical reasons.