A comparison of open source geospatial technologies for web mapping

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Title: A comparison of open source geospatial technologies for web mapping
Authors: Ballatore, Andrea
Tahir, Ali
McArdle, Gavin
Bertolotto, Michela
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3469
Date: 2011
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.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Inderscience
Copyright (published version): 2011 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Keywords: Open source software;GIS;Online survey;Web technologies;GIServices;Spatial databases;Web graphical user interfaces;Spatial web services;Web architecture;Web mapping;Free and open source software
Subject LCSH: Open source software--Evaluation
Geographic information systems
Web services
DOI: 10.1504/IJWET.2011.043440
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Computer Science Research Collection

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