There is a rapidly growing array of distributed services for accessing, processing, visualizing, cataloging, discovering or otherwise manipulating Earth Science information through computer-computer interfaces.
The landscape is currently obscured by the lack of a suitable inventory and by the hype associated with web services
Purposes of the WS Inventory/Survey
assess the size and characteristics of the computer-accessible (WS) resource pool
expose the main computer-computer WS linking protocols used and
get a rough assessment of the current WS usage environments.
Infusion DSWG workgroup
other DSWG workgroups, (e.g. Reuse and Standards)
It should also aid the creation and diffusion of ES knowledge for Achieving a Sustainable Planet (ESIP)