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Welcome to GISWeekly! IONIC Enterprise is in the business of providing technology that enables web developers within organizations to create easy-to-use geospatial portals and web-based delivery of geographic information for e-commerce. In an interview with Eddie Pickle, COO of IONIC Enterprise, I asked about the company's RedSpider technology and recent announcements made at the second annual NatureGIS conference held in Budapest on June 8th, plus an announcement made more recently about an innovative project at the Ordnance Survey in Great Britain that is utilizing IONIC's RedSpider Web Services technology. Read about it in this week's Industry News.
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Geospatial Portals and e-Business Solutions for All
By Susan Smith
IONIC Enterprise is in the business of providing technology that enables web developers within organizations to create easy-to-use geospatial portals and web-based delivery of geographic information for e-commerce. In an interview with Eddie Pickle, COO of IONIC Enterprise, I asked about the company's RedSpider technology and recent announcements made at the second annual NatureGIS conference held in Budapest on June 8th, plus an announcement made more recently about an innovative project at the Ordnance Survey in Great Britain that is utilizing IONIC's RedSpider Web Services technology.
IONIC developed the portal for the NatureGIS layer as the first implementation of the European Commission's INSPIRE program. INSPIRE, the "Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe." is tasked with developing “a relevant, harmonized and quality Geographic Information (GI) framework for environmental policies support in Europe.” The portal, built by an interoperability team of experts, uses the RedSpider OGC Catalog for the registration and cataloging of remote OpenGIS web service resources that offer NatureGIS data.
Another project, named Project Magnesium, that IONIC Software supports, is being developed at the Ordnance Survey where RedSpider Web Services technology is used for the delivery of web-based geographic information in an e-commerce environment. These services intend to enable all of OS's customers and partners to obtain MasterMap® data on-demand, which promises to save time and money.
Does the RedSpider technology enable companies to develop their own clients or does it require that RedSpider come in and develop the clients for them?
RedSpider technology - specifically our RedSpider Studio product - enables a company or agency to develop powerful and esthetically pleasing geospatial portals with a minimum of effort. RedSpider Studio was designed to give web developers the tools they need to immediately create solutions for distributed OpenGIS/ISO Web services, and applications that integrate multi-source data for decision-support.
Can you tell me what the products offer exactly and who they are designed for?
IONIC's RedSpider product line has four primary, fully-interoperable products:
a. RedSpider Web for publishing geospatial data in standard (OpenGIS and ISO) web services.
i. Allows users to publish out Oracle Spatial, ArcSDE, Postgres, and other geospatial resources with rich functionality
b. RedSpider Studio to develop a geospatial portal
i. Allows web developers to integrate a geospatial dimension in an application or portal based on OpenGIS and ISO standards
c. RedSpider Catalog provides an e-business solution to register and discover geographic information over the Internet.
i. Allows users to manage and organize geospatial information for easy and powerful discovery, access and integration
ii. Users can manage metadata and register OpenGIS/ISO services in a catalog that allows multiple types of queries.
d. RedSpider Enterprise is a powerful OGC/ISO Enterprise Java Development Environment with a full Java API for GML and WFS.
i. Developers can create robust Java applications with a complete, fine grain Java API for GML and other OGC Standards
ii. Allows developers to build Geographic Application Integration inside the Enterprise to increase performance while decreasing the cost of data/solution ownership.
Does the NatureGIS allow people who are not GIS experts to access data easily, without necessarily knowing they are using a GIS?
The NatureGIS Discovery Portal was created using RedSpider Catalog, so that non-GIS experts can easily discover and access geospatial data relating to conservation. These data are served up from multiple Web services (including a dozen instances of RedSpider Web). The portal allows Web search criteria such as location and/or keyword, and integration by simply clicking on the URL and doing an “add-to-map”. Another good example of this capability can be seen at
www.askthespider.com, which is a catalog of thousands of layers from a large community of OpenGIS Web services.
What do the RedSpider products cost?
RedSpider products are not a GIS system - they are Web services, so their pricing is somewhat different than desktop systems. Costs will depend on your hardware configuration, data sources, number of developer seats needed, etc., but you can get RedSpider software for as little as $20,000.
What makes the technology special?
Some of the uniquely powerful aspects of IONIC RedSpider products are:
a. They represent robust, scalable, and “feature-full” geospatial Web services.
b. “Out of the box” they provide an enterprise with everything it needs for complete geo-spatial Web services solutions.
c. RedSpider products natively implement standards (OpenGIS/ISO, etc.), and they are truly interoperable and OGC compliant.
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