04 Sep 2012 to 04 Sep 2012
Geospatial interoperability works!
We are near a significant point in the digital journey for sharing geospatial intelligence. Open standards and largely existing off-the-shelf software tools can now enable data to be shared seamlessly using web services between heterogeneous databases and GIS software.
Confronted with a force majeure in the form of the destructive Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/11 various information communities in Christchurch, New Zealand were suddenly compelled to re-engineer business-as-usual information sharing practices. The former ways of doing things would not scale to meet the new demands for up-to-date information. They addressed the challenge by adopting standards-based interoperable services to share geospatial information. These achieved efficiencies critical to the disaster response and are on-going for the recovery processes.
Sharing information is one step; the recovery partners defined an ambition to transact updates between one another, on their different platforms. Within three days a solution was defined and demonstrated.
This presentation outlines what happened. It also invites the audience to consider whether other communities could do likewise i.e. leverage similar benefits, without a catastrophe as catalyst? Establish geospatial web services the new ‘business as usual’.
3. Supporting Arguments
Innovators are exploring the use of the standards-based web services. The interoperability workshop convened in Christchurch demonstrated technical advances that have been achieved, and how these can be implemented with existing platforms.
The workshop demonstrated the maturity and robustness of the standards for interoperating with geospatial information across platforms. Including updating information between different platforms i.e. accessing data, up-dating these data online, and posting them back to the custodian’s database.
A number of lessons were learnt. These will be revealed.