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MapServer Deployment in Environment Canada. Tom Kralidis Integrated Environmental Applications Branch Knowledge Integration Directorate Environment Canada. 09 June 2004. Environment Canada. Departmental Overview MapServer Implementations Benefits Questions. Environment Canada.

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MapServer DeploymentinEnvironment Canada

Tom Kralidis

Integrated Environmental Applications Branch

Knowledge Integration Directorate

Environment Canada

09 June 2004

environment canada
Environment Canada
  • Departmental Overview
  • MapServer Implementations
  • Benefits
  • Questions
environment canada1
Environment Canada
  • Departmental Overview
  • MapServer Implementations
  • Benefits
  • Questions
environment canada2
Environment Canada
  • Federal Government Department dealing with:
    • Reporting on Canada’s Environment
    • Collection and dissemination of Environmental Information
      • Clean Environment
      • Nature
      • Weather and Environmental Predictions
      • Management, Administration and Policy
    • Working with other environmental organizations
environment canada3
Environment Canada
  • Importance of Decision Making
    • Reporting, Tracking, Forecasting
    • Analysis
  • Importance of Information
    • Timeliness
    • Informed
    • Reliable
environment canada4
Environment Canada
  • Large
  • Department
  • Numerous
  • Regional
  • Offices/Facilities
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IM Perspectives in Environment Canada

Integrated

Data = Information

Shareable Data

Useable Data

Identification of Data

Knowledge

EC Moving

Towards

Connectivity

Integrated Discovery, Access, and Use of Environmental Data

Develop an architecture

that allows for any API

2005

Build capacity in ability

for others to share

Applied geospatial area environmental management projects

2004

2nd year – Focus on the architecture that allows any partners to connect

EC commits to two years of levied monies for development of CISE projects/program

2003

1st year – Make environmental information available in four key theme areas

2002

Ask Canadians what they want for environmental decision-making

2001

CISE Task Force formed

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Environment Canada
  • Abundance of data
    • Legacy Databases (circa 1800s)
    • Location-based reports
    • XML
    • Spreadsheets
  • Data exists and maintained (“Good to go”)
    • Enablement of location-based environmental data
ec implementations
EC Implementations
  • Graduating to Information as Web Services
    • Publishing
    • Consuming
  • Departmental Interoperability
    • Fusion of information across activities
  • Plug-and-play with complimenting infrastructures
    • National/Provincial: CGDI, NLWIS, NFIS, LIO, NSDI
    • International: NSDI, INSPIRE, AUSLIG
canadian information system for the environment cise
Canadian Information System for the Environment (CISE)
  • Answer Canadians\' need for integrated environmental information to assist in decision-making
  • Integrating information from across the country, across jurisdictions, and across issues
canadian information system for the environment cise1
Canadian Information System for the Environment (CISE)
  • Theme areas
    • Air, Water, Climate, Biodiversity
  • Architecture built upon OGC specifications
    • Data Visualization
    • Data Access
    • Data Discovery
    • Metadata
r seau
RésEau
  • Focus on watershed-based pilot projects;
  • Informing Canadians for enhanced decision-making;
  • RésEau’s deliverables are aligned with five key areas as identified in the Treasury Board proposal;
  • Focus Areas
  • Mapping the sources – open data sources.
  • Mapping the services – open applications.
  • Dissemination strategy – information and tools.
  • Watershed management – Pockwock example of how interoperability leads the development of watershed management solutions.
  • Engaging youth – water from a youth perspective.
environment canada6
Environment Canada
  • Departmental Overview
  • MapServer Implementations
  • Benefits
  • Questions
ec mapserver implementations
EC MapServer Implementations
  • CISEViewer
  • Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN)
  • Ontario Regional Information System for the Environment (ORISE)
  • Bird Studies Canada
  • Ecostratification
  • Water Quality Web
  • Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Aqua Link (CANAL)
ciseviewer
CISEViewer
  • Web Mapping Application to showcase EC data through OGC / CGDI specifications
    • Uses Chameleon to connect to data via standards-based services
  • Integrated Environmental Information Holdings
    • Air
    • Water
    • Climate
    • Biodiversity
    • Currently internal application
      • Data QA tool
ciseviewer1
CISEViewer
  • Integration of partner agency online services
    • NRCan NTDB OGC:WMS
    • Atlas of Canada OGC:WMS
    • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Ecostratification OGC:WMS, OGC:WFS)
    • Canadian Geographical Names Service (OGC:WMS, OGC:WFS)
    • NIMA World Placename Lookup Service (OGC:WFS)
    • NRCan Postal Code Lookup Service (OGC:GML)
    • FGDC ZIP Code Lookup Service (OGC:GML)
    • NRCan NTS Lookup Service (OGC:GML)
ciseviewer3
CISEViewer
  • Uses Chameleon extensibility to add new widget functionality
  • Subject matter/ theme-based information
    • Air
    • Water
    • Climate
    • Biodiversity
eman naturewatch web services enablement
EMAN NatureWatchWeb Services Enablement
  • Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network
    • http://www.eman-rese.ca/
    • NatureWatch
      • http://www.naturewatch.ca/
      • Community / Citizen based science monitoring programs
        • IceWatch
        • PlantWatch
        • WormWatch
        • FrogWatch
    • Input of Observations using accepted field data collection protocols
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EMAN NatureWatchWeb Services Enablement
  • Use of UMN MapServer
    • Publishing
      • OGC:WMS (Visualization)
      • OGC:WFS (Data Access)
    • Cron job to generate shapefiles of observations using Perl Mapscript
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EMAN NatureWatchWeb Services Enablement
  • Small level of effort
    • Afternoon implementation session
  • Next steps
    • Connect directly to database (Port to PostGIS )
    • Seamless upgrade for MapServer
      • Need only to update data bindings
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EMAN NatureWatchWeb Services Enablement
  • New functionality launched January 2004
  • “Map of the Week” on GeoConnections Discovery Portal (February 2004)
  • First EC publicly available OGC:WMS and OGC:WFS
eman naturewatch web services enablement4
EMAN NatureWatchWeb Services Enablement

Integration with partner agency data

through interoperability

  • Placenames
  • (CGNS)
  • Observations
  • (NatureWatch)
  • Basemaps
  • (Atlas)
pyr water quality web web services enablement
PYR Water Quality WebWeb Services Enablement
  • Use of UMN MapServer
    • Publishing
      • OGC:WMS (Visualization)
      • OGC:WFS (Data Access)
    • Consuming
      • Use of MapSurfer to connect to MapServer based data
      • Export of OGC Web Map Context Documents
pyr water quality web web services enablement2
PYR Water Quality WebWeb Services Enablement
  • New functionality launched March 2004
  • In alignment with departmental Water Quality Services Initiative
orise
ORISE
  • Ontario Regional Information System for the Environment
  • Decision Support for Ontario environmental information
  • Multi-jurisdictional
    • Federal
    • Provincial
orise1
ORISE
  • Chameleon
  • Rapid Application Development
  • Extensibility for domain requirements
orise2
ORISE
  • MapServer
  • Quick deployment of robust OGC services
canadian bird portal
Canadian Bird Portal
  • Partnership
    • Bird Studies Canada
    • Miistakis Institute
  • Portal
    • Access survey data
    • Breeding bird surveys
    • Christmas bird counts
    • Bird banding recoveries
    • Important bird areas across Canada
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Canadian Bird Portal
  • Use of MapServer
    • (recent convert!)
    • Publish to WMS and WFS
    • Small level of effort
      • Data already in place
      • ~8-10 emails!
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Environment Canada
  • Departmental Overview
  • MapServer Implementations
  • Benefits
  • Questions
benefits
Benefits
  • Supports Specifications
  • No charge to acquire (licensing, etc.)
  • Code Extensibility / Customization
    • Contribution to main dist
  • Quicker turnaround time for upgrades to serve direct needs and requirements
    • e.g. MapServer ODBC “Simple Points” support
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Benefits
  • Platform independence
  • Easier to use
  • Enables increased capacity within organization
    • Higher awareness among developers
mapserver deployment in environment canada
MapServer Deployment inEnvironment Canada
  • Questions

Thanks!

Tom Kralidis

tom.kralidis at ec.gc.ca

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