New Information Platform in Honduras Forestry Sector

The National Institute of Forest Conservation and Development launches the first Geoportal and Geoservices of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), as part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (INDES), realized with an investment of 117,000 Euros.

Forest IDE is an information display (Geoportal), which provides quick access to updated information and forest sector contributes to greater transparency and understanding of the forest heritage; Additionally facilitates the consultation and downloading of updated official data ICF to forestry, and also the implementation of a metadata catalog that facilitates the creation, storage, management and use of geographic information in an orderly country.

The Geoportal (Spanish language) is developed in open source and configured based on mature and stable applications as GeoServer, GeoNetwork, PostgreSQL and OpenLayers. From a single access point, users can execute all activities: navigate maps, view and share geospatial information, view, search, and manage data and metadata, manage the system and all parameters and settings. To use of these functions, the structure of the GeoPortal includes three applications:
 Geographic viewer: navigation, visualization and analysis of geographic information
 Metadata Catalog: Display, Search and Insertion Metadata
 Administration Panel: Administration GeoPortal, visible only by authorized users

This technological platform contributes to the implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (INDES), facilitating links with other international, national and local levels that support the management of natural resources and land use in the country. It will also allow you to interact with other sectoral platforms (sectoral IDE) that in the future they are created.

GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter Archive from 2014 - 2015

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  • GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter Vol 2 No 10 – November 2015 (English)
  • GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter Vol 2 No 9 – October 2015 (English)
  • GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter Vol 2 No 8 – September 2015 (English)
  • GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter Vol 2 No 7 – August 2015 (English)
  • GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter Vol 2 No 6 – July 2015 (English)
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  • GSDI SDI Regional Newsletter Vol 2 No 1 – January 2015 (English)


EuroGeographics signs contract to provide geospatial information to Eurostat

EuroGeographics has signed a contract to provide pan-European geographic information and related services to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
The four-year agreement means that staff at the European Commission can access geospatial data from National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities through its geographical information service, GISCO. The data includes administrative units and statistical regions as well as 1:250 000 scale topo-geographic information.


Local-Sats report identifies most common problems and best practices in the Mediterranean Basin

This Local-Sats report was prepared under the EU-funded “LOCAL – SATS” project – ‘Improving the local governance processes through exchange of good practices, pilots and training in geospatial technologies.’

The overall objective of Local-Sats is to promote the local development and sustainability of cities and territories in the Mediterranean Basin through the exchange of experiences and best practices in the context of geospatial applications. In other words, one of the key goals of the project is to offer to local governments new and flexible tools and a whole suit of information that would enrich their decision-making process in the interest of the people living in the Mediterranean Basin.

The consortium of the project is composed of twelve partners from nine Mediterranean Countries: Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Spain and Tunisia. Larnaca District Development Agency is the Lead Partner. The consortium composition provides for a broad, cross-border analysis, applicable to the whole Mediterranean Basin.


Open source runs Croatia’s geospatial services platforms for nature protection

Croatia’s Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection has become one of the country’s major users of open source solutions. The software is making possible two geospatial service platforms on biodiversity and environmental protection built for the State Institute for Nature Protection. The two systems were unveiled in May 2015.

The use of open source was not a requirement, but this type of software proved to be the most suitable, according to a spokesperson for IN2, the ICT service provider that built the two geographic information systems. “The ministry had highlighted in its request that it would prefer ICT solutions that would enable scaling the project without incurring new licence costs. Using open source software also prevents IT vendor lock-in, avoids proprietary licence restrictions and lowers costs.”

One of the two platforms is publicly accessible. The Bioportal offers access to information on biodiversity, habitat maps, protected areas and species distribution. All of the datasets on Bioportal can be reused in other GIS systems, the spokesperson says. “Sharing spatial data online is a key aspect.” Previously, interested citizens and organisations had to visit the agency for nature protection, and in some cases had to pay fees. “Now the data can be browsed online, for free.”

The other GIS portal is meant for internal use by the Croatian government. The GIS system provides access to all institutions, helping them to maintain and update their data and making it easy to share and exchange information. The internal system maintains the spatial representation of Croatia’s natural reserves, its parks and protected areas.


Mexico: SIGECO platform to facilitate geographic information management for territorial management

The Reinforcing REDD+ and South-South Cooperation of the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR, acronym in Spanish) has developed a geographic information platform for territorial information, which will serve the planning and monitoring of local incentives to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.

The GIS of CONAFOR (SIGECO, acronym in Spanish) will enable handling of all the geographic information generated by the institution, as well as that information produced by other federal and local governmental entities, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions that are considered relevant to the territorial management.

This Platform will gather information on the location of federal funds for the forestry sector and will provide to users with relevant social, economic and environmental information to implement local incentives within the REDD+ Framework. By this way, it will accomplish sharing geographic information inside the institution in a fast, secure and reliable manner, contributing to improve planning and administering the funds of CONAFOR in the territory so it can propitiate a sustainable rural development.

The Platform has three components: a geographic database, a Geoportal and a desktop SIG tool. On the one hand, the SIG tool, based on free software, will help to improve the quality of data and will facilitate standardization of geographic information of funds applied by CONAFOR. On the other hand the Geoportal will permit to different Coordinations and Management Offices of CONAFOR access the database to make consults.


Italy: New national 3D geoportal

The new 3D National Geoportal is online, compatible with all browsers that support WebGL standard.

Italy’s National Geoportal is at the core of a network architecture designed as a federated network in which each node is "connected" to the central access point that is the National Geoportal itself. The main goal is the creation of a widespread environmental geographic information system consisting of nodes which make available their own environmental spatial information by sharing its metadata: the management and updating of metadata, spatial data and related services are carried out that way by the administration that produces the data without any physical transfer of it. This network is made up mainly by public authorities which may, in this way, fulfill its institutional obligations regarding the planning and management of land and environment.