Galdos Systems has taken an old-fashioned concept for managing content, a catalogue, and updated it for the modern age by leveraging the power of open standards and web services. The INdicio™ Web Registry provides a lightweight alternative to expensive document management systems and works with existing authoring tools such as MS Word.
Traditional solutions to the management of assets with geospatial properties usually fall into either the document management category, or the GIS category, or some kind of hybrid system, all of which are expensive, complex, and hard to maintain. Based on the INdicio Registry, Galdos has developed a purpose-built Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) that provides an alternative to such systems. Metadata and access control, together with associations to all related documents, drawings, images, etc., provide the key functionality to complement content creation tools.
Geo-Content Management Systems eliminate the need to have both a GIS and a document management system by replacing both with a single system that achieves the same result. Geo-Content Management Systems can also be extended by adding functionality such as in-the-field support for disconnected applications, and Geo-Portals.
Coordinate Reference System Management
Organizations that deal with a lot of geospatial data, particularly geodata related to mining and exploration, need to deal with many Coordinate Reference Systems and code lists. Galdos created the INdicio CRS Registry specifically for managing such data.
Data Management Systems
Providers of large volumes of data and imagery need ways to allow others to order or purchase copies of this data for their use. This often involves creating subsets of data or images that cover specific areas, as well as tracking who ordered what. Data Management Systems support managing this process.
Digital Asset Management
In many industry sectors and municipal government, it is a challenge to effectively manage digital assets with related geospatial data in a way that allows them to be efficiently made use of. Often, one document or photograph doesn’t provide enough information by itself. Sometimes, all the information pertaining to a specific mineral deposit or building or subdivision development project is needed for the best decision-making. A search for any particular document should find all documents and resources related to it.
Many types of digital assets, like JPEG and PNG images, Word documents, PDF files, Excel spreadsheets, and so on, need to be managed together and related to each other. Often, digital assets such as letters, permits, contracts, images, and maps are also associated with geographic locations, like a street addresses, and with spatial extents, such as the area covered by a land parcel or by a building. Depending on the industry sector, many assets (not just digital ones) have properties that are geospatial. Rock samples have the location where they were dug up, bore holes have their coordinates and depth, exploration permits apply to a specific location and area, and so on.
Galdos has deployed Geo-Portals for geospatial data access as well as for data management and sharing. Geo-Portals add search, discovery, and access control capability to a visualization environment based on either two-dimensional digital maps or three-dimensional digital globes, or both. The globe or map representation provides a familiar environment for users, and the Geo-Portal makes the data accessible across the Internet using light-weight client applications.
Using an INdicio™ Registry
The industry-leading INdicio Web Registry Service from Galdos offers a new approach to managing these assets, leveraging geospatial properties and other metadata to effectively build a complete asset Registry where all related assets are classified and associated with each other. Find one, and all the others are linked to it.
With INdicio, documents can be captured and described, related to one another, classified and tagged, assigned geographic locations and extents, and associated with key geographic features. Relationships can be created between assets so that when one asset is found, it can be used to find all the other assets that are related to it. Then, once the content is in the Registry, INdicio’s powerful features are available for finding and managing it efficiently and effectively.
An INdicio Registry can be scaled to any level, to support Geo-Content and Digital Asset Management for any size of operation, from a startup to a global enterprise with multiple departments and locations.