Om mijn kantoor goed op temperatuur te houden in de winter en tegelijkertijd minder energie te verstoken heb ik een aantal aanpassingen gedaan zoals vloer isolatie en CV in plaats van gaskachels. Via Duurzame Buren, twitter (Ecowonen) en direct met mijn buren heb ik advies ingewonnen over effectieve maatregelen. Honderden Duurzame Buren delen hun persoonlijke ervaringen rond duurzaam bouwen en wonen, energiebesparing en -opwekking. Wat werkt, en wat niet?
The day of Christmas Eve seems to be a good day to look back on an in many respects enervating year.
With GeoCat we've been working on some great projects that have helped to advance our dreams and have given a lot of satisfaction. I will mention a few here. What is great about these projects is that they have helped us advance the GeoNetwork opensource project significantly. Considering that one of my main reasons to leave the security of a United Nations job for a less secure private company adventure was that it would help GeoNetwork opensource to develop faster, I feel really proud about my team and about the GeoNetwork core developers!
Interesting GeoCat projects
The Dutch National Georegistry (NGR) has been a project we've worked on since GeoCat started back in 2007. The official launch happened during the GSDI conference in Rotterdam in 2009.
This year we've worked on improving it, updating the National Metadata Profile validation and improving INSPIRE related OGC CSW support among others. We've also worked together with Geonovum and the Dutch Kadaster to ensure the NGR can be moved onto the operational infrastructure of the Kadaster. The Kadaster will be responsible for all operational aspects of the central part of the Dutch SDI.
Support to Scandinavian National SDI's
GeoCat worked hard to support Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Scotland with their catalog implementations. These countries have joined their efforts and resources to take GeoNetwork opensource to a level that meets their national and INSPIRE requirements. Much of the custom development of their catalog implementations is done by the countries themselves, while GeoCat has taken up most of the generic requirements and implemented them in GeoNetwork. The three released versions of GeoNetwork v2.6 include a lot of what has been developed in the context of this project. The project will continue in 2011 and the resulting operational catalogues should appear in due course. Looking very much forward to that!
The Dutch Waterboards - Het Waterschapshuis
In collaboration with Nieuwland consulting GeoCat is working for Het Waterschapshuis to develop a central geo infrastructure (Geo-voorziening). Het Waterschapshuis is the executive agency on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the 26 regional water authorities (Waterschappen) in The Netherlands, a government body comparable with the Provinces. The Geo-voorziening will be operational early 2011 and will provide country covering data layers related to all water management aspects The Netherlands has to deal with. These layers correspond to data required by the INSPIRE directive. The metadata descriptions of these layers will be catalogued in a central repository that will feed its content into the National GeoRegistry (NGR). The individual Waterschappen will be able to upload the data subsets they are responsible for. These subsets will be aggregated into nationwide OGC WMS (INSPIRE View) services. The GeoCat Bridge extension to ArcMap acts as a Bridge between the Waterschappen and the Geo-voorziening to upload and regularly update data and metadata. It will also allow a Waterschap to upload other (locally interesting) data layers to be served on the infrastructure. The data is loaded into PostGIS and served using GeoServer and GeoNetwork opensource.
At the FOSS4G2010 conference in Barcelona we launched the first version of GeoCat Bridge. Bridge helps GIS professionals to deploy metadata and map services quickly from their ArcMap (ArcView, ArcEditor & ArcInfo) desktop applications.
This video show the install process, the configuration and use of the GeoCat Bridge extension and the resulting metadata and map services configured on GeoServer through the GeoNetwork opensource user interface. (It can also be viewed in HD quality).
- Publish shapefiles, ArcSDE data and gridded data on GeoServer while maintaining the complex symbology created in ESRI
®ArcMap (ArcView, ArcEditor or ArcInfo).
- Publish metadata for each data layer in ISO format (a.o. for INSPIRE) on the GeoNetwork opensource catalog to publish as OGC CSW et cetera.
More information at http://geocat.net
We're happy to announce the release of GeoNetwork v2.6.2. This is a minor release that fixes a number of bugs and adds a number of great new improvements listed below.
A security hole was discovered that is fixed in this release. We strongly advise you to upgrade your existing implementations of GeoNetwork to this version!
You can download the release from http://geonetwork-opensource.org/downloads.html
I would like to thank all contributors to make this release possible!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very good 2011!
PSC Chair GeoNetwork opensource
--- Bug fixes
- Be sure id is an integer when creating SQL query. Thanks Pierre Mauduit
- Fix download with special character
- Protect code in getMetadataFromIndex if createDate or changeDate are null (for example, if created/harvested invalid metadata without this fields)
Het lijkt echt bon ton om Assange & Wikileaks af te schilderen als gevaarlijk en niet deugend. Ik vind dat ongelofelijk hypocriet. Hoe graag had eenieder van deze criticasters slechts één van de headlines die Wikileaks veroorzaakt heeft zelf willen brengen?
Waar komt de kritiek vandaan?
Bij mij komt een paralel naar boven met hongersnood:
Als er één kind met een naam en een gezicht op TV komt terwijl het crepeert van de honger of ziekte staat een land op zijn kop.
Als het er 1 miljoen zijn die van de honger creperen kunnen we ons er niks meer bij voorstellen en vallen we als in een reflex terug op een ontkenning van het echte probleem (een miljoen kinderen die creperen). We gaan dan klagen over het corrupte bewind in Afrika en gaan korten op hulp. Kortom, let's shoot the messenger.
During FOSS4G2010 in Barcelona I had the opportunity to present an exciting new extension for ArcGIS Desktop we have developed at GeoCat.
We named it GeoCat Bridge, since it bridges the gap between managing your data on your desktop and publishing it on the Internet.
Bridge makes the process of publishing geospatial data as easy as hitting the Publish button. When you have your map open in ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, you are one click away from publishing your data and metadata on GeoServer and GeoNetwork.
We're proud to announce the release of GeoNetwork opensource v2.6.0. This is a major release for the project that provides great new functionality, helping all those that need to publish their geographic data and services with standardized metadata.
You can find the software at https://sourceforge.net/projects/geonetwork/
This release includes the following new or improved functionality:
- Performance improvements on search and indexing
- INSPIRE Search panel and metadata view
- New embedded Web Map Viewer based on OpenLayers
- Multilingual metadata display and editing support for the ISO19115/19119/19110 metadata standards (encoding based on ISO19139)
- Keywords and Coordinate Reference System selection panels
- Advanced data and metadata export
- Metadata relations management (Parent/child metadata, related service metadata, related feature catalogues)
- Advanced schema and schematron validation of metadata with reporting improvements
- Visual warnings in the metadata editor
and many more...
If you followed a bit of geek news over the last weeks, you probably heard of two new mouses that saw daylight (yes, those that geeks use, not feed). One was released by Apple, the Magic Mouse, and one was released by an Italian company WarMouse in Orvieto, the OpenOfficeMouse or OOMouse. I have no hand-on experience with either of the two. In fact, the Magic Mouse may not even have reached the stores while the OOMouse is still in prototype (but ready to order).
The two products make me wonder where in the world we are going? I'm a (notorious!?) Apple fan, I love the simplicity where possible while I can use lots of stuff under the OSX hood for work. There you go, shoot me ;-) . I'm not a fan of their closed business model though. I love GeoFOSS and dedicate almost all my working hours to developing, promoting and selling services around it through GeoCat.
GeoNetwork opensource is at the core of the Dutch National Geo Registry (NGR), providing access to the authoritative GIS resources available in The Netherlands. The registry therefor by default also provides the OGC CSW 2.0.2 catalogue interface. This interface allows developers to build custom client applications that access and use these resources in their applications. One such client application has now been build by ESRI Netherlands for the ArcMap and ArcGIS Explorer products. The required download and installation instructions can be found here (in Dutch) and below in English.
I thought I provide an English translation for the installation instructions so that others can also benefit from this work.