A Web Map Service (WMS) feed provides access to spatial data hosted by an external organisation or company. For detailed information about the technical specifications of WMS please see the Open Geospatial Consortium. GIS software and several online web maps can use a WMS to display data in your own software. The methods for adding this service will be different for each piece of software but most will involve adding the WMS URL to your system.
Map Services such as Web Map Services (WMS) or Web Feature Services (WFS) use a standard protocol to share spatial data in an open format via the internet. WMS feeds can be used to view and interact with spatial data prepared and hosted by another user or organisation. Many different Web Map Services are available. Marine Scotland's National Marine Plan interactive is available in WMS format and is used throughout Marine Scotland Information.