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Greek geodata project extends…

Greek geodata project extends open data platform

Published on: 18/11/2015
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Reuse a specific goal of government project

The Greek government’s open geodata platform (geodata.gov.gr) is making available as open source several tools and extensions to CKAN, a commonly used data management system. The development of reusable tools to help publish and discover open geospatial data is one of the goals of the PublicaMundi project that built Greece’s geodata platform.

The PublicaMundi project focusses on adding Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards-compliant tools to CKAN. The project has already shared 20 extensions, tools and documents. One example is Pycsw, an OGC reference implementation of Catalogue Service that makes it easier to discover and access spatial metadata.

The project is contributing to GeoDCAT, a standardised list of definitions and terms describing geospatial datasets and services. The developers are also working on integration of CKAN and ZOO-Project, a solution for creating web services that use geospatial data. Similarly, they’re integrating CKAN with the Rasdaman big raster data analytics server.

Discovering data

Greece’s Geodata.gov.gr is powered exclusively by free and open source software, says Angelos Tzotsos, PublicaMundi's scientific and technical coordinator at Athena Research Center. “It is based on the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s software stack”, he says.

Tzotsos a OSGeo Charter Member, presented PublicaMundi’s work on Geodata.gov.gr at the Free and Open Source Software Communities conference (Fosscomm), which took place in Athens on 7 and 8 November.

“Our project specifically intends to research and develop scalable and reusable tools that facilitate the publication discovery and reuse of open geospatial data”, Tzotsos says.

Greece’s geodata platform is hosted by Greece’s Ministry of Education.

 

More information:

Presentation by Angelos Tzotsos
Fosscomm website (in Greek)
PublicaMundi solutions at Github