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A Comparison of Open Source Geospatial Technologies for Web Mapping

Ballatore, Andrea and Tahir, Ali and McArdle, Gavin and Bertolotto, Michela (2011) A Comparison of Open Source Geospatial Technologies for Web Mapping. International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology, 6 (4). ISSN 1741-9212

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Abstract

The past decade has witnessed a steady growth of Open Source software usage in industry and academia, leading to a complex ecosystem of projects. Web and subsequently Geographical Information Systems have become prominent technologies, widely adopted in diverse domains. Within this context, we developed an Open Source Web platform for interoperable GIServices. In order to implement this architecture, 14 projects were selected and analysed, including the client-side libraries and the server-side components. Although other surveys have been conducted in this area, little feedback has been formally obtained from the users and developers concerning their opinion of these tools. A questionnaire was designed to obtain responses from the relevant online communities about a given set of characteristics. This article describes the technologies and reports the results of the survey, providing first-hand information about Open Source Web and geospatial tools.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: open source; free and open source software; FOSS; geographical information systems; GIS; web technologies; web architecture; spatial web services; web mapping; online survey; spatial DBMS; GIServices; webgraphical user interfaces.
Subjects: Science & Engineering > National Center for Geocomputation, NCG
Item ID: 2784
Depositing User: Dr. Gavin McArdle
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2011 14:17
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology
Publisher: Inderscience
Refereed: Yes
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