In many industry sectors, such as mining and mineral exploration, mineral production, environmental protection, and even municipal government, it is a challenge to effectively manage geo-related digital assets in a way that allows them to be efficiently made use of.
Traditional solutions to the management of assets with geospatial properties usually fall into either the document management category, or the GIS category, or are managed with some kind of hybrid system, all of which are expensive, complex, and hard to maintain.
GeoPortals combine asset management with the ability to associate the assets with a geographic location on a globe. With the advent of public globes such as Google Earth, a specialized Geographic Information System (GIS) is no longer necessary to build a powerful and effective portal for viewing and accessing geographically related digital assets.
Features of a GeoPortal
Using tools like Galdos INdicio™ and Google Earth, companies can quickly build and deploy a powerful GeoPortal that exploits their Geo-Content Management System, offering immediate access to the information they need to the people who need it.
A Geo-Portal can be integrated with conventional web portals based on SharePoint, wikis, or similar technologies. Software libraries, web client applications, and digital maps can be used with any popular website-building software to quickly create or customize a geo-portal site
GeoPortals support search and discovery, access, visualization, and publication of digital asset. Because of their ability to support geographic and location data, GeoPortals are particularly useful for layering different kinds of data on top of maps.
Geographic images taken from aircraft and satellites can be quickly located by selecting an area on the globe. The location of permits, licenses, exploration leases, and claims can be visualized by finding the assets on the globe. Related data records and documents can be accessed and instantly read in specialized viewers and editors.
Data Capture and Publication
One useful feature of a GeoPortal is in supporting personnel in the field. If it is designed to support this functionality, an organization that needs support for disconnected applications to be available in the field can deploy a local copy of a GeoPortal on a laptop. Once deployed, content can be quickly downloaded from the enterprise or departmental asset Registry using stored queries that are secure and site-specific.
In the field, operators can search for, find, and access needed assets as easily as if they were in the home office. They can also update resources or publish new ones, adding specific property values, relationships, and tags. On return to the office, these updates can be synchronized with the mail GeoPortal to allow new or modified content to be uploaded and integrated back into the Registry so it can be shared across the department or the entire enterprise.
How Galdos Can Help
Galdos Systems has designed and built a number of geoportals, including the Infraestructura de Dades Espacials de Catalunya (IDEC) Geoportal and a pilot Web Risk Assessment Management System (WRAMS) for the Defence R&D Canada – Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS).
Galdos worked with the Institut Cartographic de Catalunya (ICC) to develop the IDEC GeoPortal. The portal provides a central catalogue of geographic datasets and products where users can find and use them, and infrastructure for publishing and managing them. The geoportal provides information and various search tools, including a map tool for searching for and viewing the information layers in a dataset. The IDEC GeoPortal is available online at http://www.geoportal-idec.cat/geoportal/eng/index.jsp.
The WRAMS project was undertaken through the federally-funded Public Security Technical Program to explore how hazard simulation models (HAZUS) could be integrated into the national emergency management framework. The project resulted in a registry service developed for storing and managing the hazard models, and a web-based client applications for using and administering the registry.
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