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How to Best Portray Your Geography Data to the World

Monday, September 10th, 2012

As most geospatial organizations need to use and distribute high volumes of geospatial data, disparate legacy information systems often hinder the ability to actually do this effectively.

As many of you know firsthand, various departments within an organization may use different geospatial software and data formats. Ultimately, this often results in data silos that form obstacles to effective collaboration within the enterprise.   These challenges are amplified when an organization attempts to share all this information to stakeholders outside the organization.

We recently hosted a webinar that showcases how Intergraph’s Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) solution removes the obstacles associated with distributing and using copied data.  Customers throughout the world have embraced this solution, providing a means to truly share information to all interested stakeholders. Some of these organizations with public-facing websites include Clean Air for Europe, City of Chengdu China, and Nigeria Census Project.

In addition, Bilbao City Council has launched GeoBilbao, a portal serving map-based information and services using Intergraph’s SDI solution.  IGN Spain also uses Intergraph’s SDI solution to power SIGNA, the main viewer of IGN geographical data and also the entrance gate to the SDI node containing all the OGC services available.

During our webinar, we highlighted how adherence to industry standards, including INSPIRE, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), not only breaks down barriers, but also allows organizations to comply with government mandates.

With Intergraph’s Geospatial SDI and its powerful browser application, users can easily visualize and share accurate geospatial data to collaborate internally, and with government agencies, commercial businesses, and the public.

There are a number of organizations that can benefit from these solutions, which include national and regional government agencies, federal authorities – including cadaster, rail, civil police, forest, agriculture and geology organizations – local governments and infrastructure companies.

For geospatial data to be truly effective, it needs to be unlocked from the silos that are holding it back.  The industry’s best SDI solutions provide a vehicle for making this vision a reality — providing a seamless, cohesive experience for end-users.

Breaking Down “Data Silos” for More Effective Geospatial Collaboration

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

By Mladen Stojic, Vice President, Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I

Geospatial organizations need to use and distribute volumes of geospatial data. Often, disparate legacy information systems hinder data sharing, collaboration and effective use of geo-information.  When departments use different geospatial software and data formats, data silos emerge that form obstacles to effective collaboration within the enterprise.  Add proprietary and black-box systems into the mix, and we are left with disconnected, fragmented and ‘static’ deployments of GIS. This becomes even more problematic when trying to share data with outside users and organizations. In this new generation of “I want it now,” we need to break down the traditional geospatial walls that have been built up inside organizations.

In order to break down these “data silos,” organizations need to implement tools and strategies that help with distributing geospatial data and functionality within the organization and beyond.   In addition, adherence to industry standards, including INSPIRE, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), not only help break down barriers, but also allows organizations to comply with government mandates.

Historically, the most significant data silos existed in the U.S. Intelligence Community, which struggled to enhance data in real-time with the warfighter in the post 9/11 world.  As the use of geospatial technologies has expanded to multiple vertical industries (including emergency management, disaster planning, utilities as well as agriculture), the same need to share vital information and manage assets through the use of geospatial data has emerged – as do the same challenges.

Fortunately, there are industry solutions that make it possible to break down these silos, allowing for organizations to fully maximize geospatial data. With ERDAS APOLLO and GeoMedia SDI Portal, organizations can easily manage, visualize and share accurate geospatial data and information to collaborate internally, as well as with government agencies, commercial businesses, and the public.

Being able to collaborate with professionals who are not trained in GIS has also long-been a challenge.  Along these lines, the Intergraph geospatial portfolio addresses the unmet demand for geospatial information and services among non-GIS experts, as well as enables the direct access to geospatial data from its source without the need for translation.

Geospatial data is only valuable if it can be shared and ultimately becomes actionable – whether it is for the warfighter or for a utility company.   Members of industry have made tremendous strides in providing the tools needed to bring geospatial data to life, which provides business and operational results that were previously well out of reach.

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