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The architecture and components of Geoportal of Latvia

Jurijs Holms, Vladimirs Vicehovskis and Andris Putniņš

(Submission #139)


Latvia’s geoportal ( is a single entry point to Latvian spatial datasets and services. The main aims of Latvia’s Geoportal are: To promote the use of geospatial information at all levels: from government institutions to any citizen; to provide publicly available geospatial data in digital format and geospatial information services; to implement INSPIRE Directive. The Latvia’s Geoportal is the frontend for Geospatial Data Integrator module, which provides data storage, geospatial data processing and geospatial services operation for Latvian Geoportal. Geospatial data Integrator includes three main components: Metadata catalogue – common place for spatial datasets and services registration and dissemination (incl. harvesting from EU INSPIRE geoportal); Geospatial data and service management component - geospatial information infrastructure, which provides geospatial data processing, representation and geospatial service operations; and shared access management system, which provides an additional security level on spatial services to administer access. One of the Latvia’s Geoportal components is the public part of Latvia Spatial Development Planning Information System (TAPIS). The TAPIS platform gather spatial information (incl. in INSPIRE specification) from many state registries, for example from Building Information System, Land Cadaster and State mapping agency to ensure planning specialists with comfortable environment to produce all level (state, region and municipality) spatial planning documents. The most of land development processes are predefined in TAPIS, that allows to use the TAPIS system like a software/process ‘wizard’. As a result there are available structured spatial information with links to textual information about land use and building rules for specific territory/parcels. At the same time, public part of TAPIS allows all citizens (not specialists) to easily find necessary planning documents by location or name; to view spatial and text information in one place with user friendly interface; to get automatically generated notices about planning documents status change by e-mail; and to submit proposals about specific spatial development planning document. TAPIS implements whole spatial development planning process without printing any maps and charts. TAPIS also allows get feedback from population in digital way. The presentation will give an overview of Geoportal’s architecture and its components.


Topic Area:  [2.7] Innovation and technical developments in geospatial technologies – in particular, Geographical Information Systems, and how those relate and/or impact INSPIRE
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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