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Alternative ways to publish and consume geospatial data

Ine de Visser, Clemens Portele, Paul van Genuchten, Dimitri van Hees and Linda van den Brink

(Submission #302)


The Web is a great platform for sharing digital information. And it is by far the most important one. But what’s the best way of sharing spatial information on the Web? To find out, Geonovum has initiated a testbed and between November 2015 and March 2016 several questions have been researched, including:

* How should spatial data be published on the Web in a way that is easily consumable for both search engines and web developers?

* How could this be achieved on the basis of the existing spatial data infrastructure?

The results have been published and are the basis for the second phase of the testbed where the results are currently used and validated in publishing additional data and using that data in data-driven applications.

The workshop will discuss the motivation for the testbed as well as explain and demonstrate key results in detail. Since everything is available on the Web, workshop attendees can use their browsers on mobile devices or notebooks to play with the data live during the workshop.

We will also demonstrate how proxy software can be set up easily to make data that is published in an SDI using a Web Feature Service available on the Web following the principles identified in the testbed.

Workshop attendees will learn how today’s Web technologies can be leveraged to make geospatial data more accessible and usable, in particular for non-geospatial experts. The use of live data and open source software tools enables the audience to continue exploring the alternative ways after the workshop.

The work presented is closely related to the ongoing work of the joint W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web working group (


Topic Area:  [2.9] Challenges and approaches to standardization of data and interoperability of systems.
Abstract Type:  Workshop

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