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NSIDC Services Application Programming Interfaces

NSIDC offers a series of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that allow programmers to build NSIDC data and metadata services into their applications. Thus, the following tables list the APIs available from NSIDC.

General Web Services and APIs

Atlas of the Cryosphere
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services allows users to access maps and source data remotely for spatial regions and layers of interest either directly through a URL string or through the various OGC-compatible clients available for accessing these services.
Go to the API Page
Get OGC W*S Services Feed
OpenSearch Data Set Level
OpenSearch provides a simple way to discover and access NSIDC's data sets that are provided through Searchlight.
Go to the API Page
Get the OpenSearch Feed
OpenSearch Granule Level
OpenSearch also supports the discovery and access to granules of data within the individual data set. Currently, OpenSearch supports six data sets at the granule level.
Go to the API Page
Get the OpenSearch Granule Level Feed
SubsetAgent/GetData API
The SubsetAgent/GetData API provides a simple way to search and access NSIDC's data holdings that are hosted through Searchlight. It allows for the search and customized subsetting, reprojection, and reformatting of NSIDC data. Currently it only supports 13 data sets.
Go to the API Page
Get the SubsetAgent/GetData Feed

Libre Web Services and APIs

The Polar Information Commons (PIC) Rights and Badging API provides the necessary mechanisms to create badges for the user who wants to share data. For access to the PIC Badger Tool, see the Polar Information Commons Rights and Badging Tool Web page.
Go to the API Page
Get the PIC Badger Feed

The CollectionCaster API is a collection of Web services designed to help you advertise data collections so people can find them, and other applications and services can consume them through an Atom response feed. There are two main reasons to use the Collection Caster API:

  • To advertise your data collections in one place using an Atom Feed
  • To help you create the Atom Feed.

For access to the CollectionCaster Tool, see the CollectionCaster Tool Web page.

Go to the CollectionCaster API