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QGIS is a widely-known Free and Open Source desktop GIS with an increasing adoption across all segments of the GIS community. As its currently functionality set is very complete, it can provide a real alternative to proprietary systems for many authorities and organizations.
Unlike other aspects, the metadata support is limited in QGIS; the support is lacking on the QGIS core, although some features have been implemented through a number of plugins, including a QGIS core plugin.
As we believe dataset discovery is important for many organizations, and improvements could facilitate a number of INSPIRE users, we would like to contribute to improve this aspect in QGIS.
In this presentation we will start by reviewing the current support for data discovery in QGIS, which is materialized by a series of plugins (e.g.: Metasearch, Metatools, INSPIRE search, INSPIRE metadata editor, OpenGeo Explorer). Then we will propose our approach to extend this support, and overcome some of the current limitations. This approach includes some core changes in order to enable a discovery service in a similar fashion as the already supported OGC Web Services. Other aspects such as publication can be handled by plugins, and although there is already support for publishing data in services such as Mapserver or Geoserver, we would like to improve the functionality for the publication of linked metadata.
We believe that these developments will provide some interesting features for QGIS users who want to discover or even publish INSPIRE services on the web. A goal of the presentation is to inventarise the demand for such discovery support and seek opportunities to start cooperations to move forward with it.
Topic Area: [2.2] Technologies and tools required to deliver INSPIRE Abstract Type: Oral Presentation
Comments: QGIS, Metadata, Data Discovery, Linked Data, Catalog, Publishing, OGC
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