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This documentation describes the policies, procedures, and services that existed while NSDL was operated by UCAR.

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titleNote to developers: The Strand Map Service has Moved!

As of December 2014, the SMS APIs have moved to a new location.

The JavaScript API is now located at:
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://strandmaps.dls.ucar.edu/cms1-2/jsapi/maps?api=v1"></script>

The CSIP API baseURL is now located at:

Please update your client implementations to point to this new location. The old location at strandmaps.nsdl.org/cms1-2 will be retired in early 2015.


The Strand Map Service (SMS) APIs provide the ability to embed interactive strand map interfaces into Web sites and other applications - see the Science Literacy Maps for an example. The Javascript API lets developers insert interactive Strand Maps into Web pages and customize the maps in a number of ways, and the CSIP REST API lets developers search and navigate the Strand Map information space and access object's metadata and visualizations in a number of formats including XML, JSON, OWLLite, SVG, PDF, PNG, TIFF, and JPEG.