Spatial Data Infrastructure
Make your geodata findable, accessible and reusable
To make your geodata findable, accessible and reusable, pour it into a Geographic Data Infrastructure (GDI). By doing so, you lay a solid foundation for the development of new products and services, but also make better policy decisions.
Make your geodata easy to find
Do you want or need to make your geodata available to third parties? A geodata catalogue is the perfect solution to make your data easy to find.
This is done using metadata. This is information about the information in your catalogue, such as a description of the content, the format or the date of the last update. Metadata are findable according to international, European and regional guidelines and best practices.
Ensure accessible and interoperable geodata
Interoperability is key to user-friendly geographic datasets and services. Data is 'interoperable' if you can exchange it between different systems and organisations.
That way, you let other parties communicate seamlessly with your GDI. Even better, your users can consult, visualise, retrieve, download and process the data in optimal conditions. Without you acting as an intermediary every time.
Ensure interoperability with open standards
By working with open standards, interoperability is within reach. Think of examples such as those of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the W3C, and government initiatives such as INSPIRE and the European Green Deal with High Value Datasets.
Aligning your geographic data services with these open standards is a feat, though. But feel free to count on GIM for this. Our experts will be happy to assist you:
- The selection of open source solutions such as GeoNetwork as a catalogue and GeoServer for web services conforming to standards such as CSW, WM(T)S, WFS, WCS and SOS.
- Hosting your GDI in the cloud or on-site.
- The use of a standardised solution or one tailored to your needs.
- The integration of interoperable Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
Moreover, we can also facilitate this process by working out automated data harmonisation and publishing workflows, with built-in quality control.
The strength of a GDI lies in the availability of your geodata for reuse via all kinds of interfaces. You always keep the most up-to-date, complete and high-quality information available. In this way, this information can be used for numerous purposes such as spatial studies and analyses, spatial planning, navigation, research and marketing.
You save time and money because you do not have to collect and process your data yourself. It is therefore always validated and thus qualitative data, leading to better decision-making.
Independent view of your infrastructure
Don't want to be tied to one manufacturer and save on licensing costs? Powerful open source tools such as PostGIS, GeoServer, GeoNetwork, Open Layers and QGIS have been adopted by numerous companies and governments worldwide.
As an independent geo-integrator, we help you choose and implement an infrastructure. This will enable the publication and (re)use of your geodata.
Making maximum use of a Geographic Data Infrastructure? Contact our experts.
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