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52° NORTH WPS FRAMEWORK WITH ARCGIS GEOPROCESSING SUPPORT - OPEN SOURCE SOLUTION MEETS CLOSED SOURCE SOFTWARE
The ArcToolbox (ArcGIS 9.3.1) consists currently of approximately 542 GIS functions and can be extended with any arbitrary function through the ESRI Model Builder. This capability makes ArcGIS a 'swiss knife' for geoprocessing, supporting many organizations in production worldwide. Currently, the full functionality of ArcGIS is only available in desktop environments as the ArcGIS Server provides very limited support for geodata formats. Considering current efforts of the Open Geospatial Consortium to enable GIS functionality to become available in an interopable fashion through Web Services interfaces and the Web Processing Service interface in particular, it is important to enable existing GIS functionality via standardized service interfaces. The talk will demonstrate how ArcToolbox can be integrated with the 52° North WPS framework and thereby provide such rich functionality as a Web Service. Enabling existing GIS (such as ArcGIS) with a WPS interface also increases the sustainability of the invested resources and provides seamless access to legacy GIS functionality. Overall, both Open Source solutions and closed source software benefit from such an integration.
Bastian Schaeffer - 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH
Matthias Müller - TU Dresden
Theodor Foerster - Institute for Geoinformatics