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Handbook supporting the EUROCONTROL Specification for SWIM Service Description - Ed  (Edition 1.0 (, Edition date: 01/12/2017, Reference nr: EUROCONTROL-SPEC-168)

Role of the handbook

The Specification for SWIM Service Description sets out a number of requirements to be met by a service description. It provides some basic examples to illustrate the requirements. However, the specification does not give much detail on how to best implement satisfy the requirements.

This handbook helps gives guidances to help service description authors to better implement satisfy the requirements.

The guidance contained in the handbook promotes the production creation of better service descriptions. It will lead to greater harmonisation in the implementation of the specification.

Target audience

  • Service description authors
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Specification for SWIM Service Description


Content Structure 

The supporting material is organised by the following grouping 

Introducing the specification - context such as role of the specification and of the service description

Structure of the handbook

Section Introducing the specification introduces the purpose and context for the specification and the role of service description. 

Section Guidance on individual requirements 


provides support wtih guidance organised per


requirement contained in the specification.

Section Guidance for JSON service descriptions provides support for producing JSON service descriptions.

Section Resources for service descriptions 


provides resources such as template, schema and conformance matrix

Complementing the specification - support going beyond the prescribed description of implemented services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) -


Section FAQ lists received questions and tentative answers, often providing an alternative access to the supporting material.


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Specification for SWIM Service Description

Example of service description

Guidance for JSON service descriptions


The SWIM Service Description Handbook is advisory in nature. It is created and maintained by a community of interest and evolves over times as the community identifies new examples and good practices. To become a member of the community, please send an email to


The handbook includes the requirements found in the Specification for SWIM Service Description. However, it does not replace the specification. Users of the handbook are advised to download the specification using the quick links above.