Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics Conference FOSS4G 2010 Barcelona

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The evolution of the Internet users’ paradigm to a more participative content producer profile has been part of a phenomenon that has made information systems evolve into massive information container systems. This fact has been labeled in many ways; Web 2.0 is one of the most commonly used  and contains a new ecosystem of Web services applications that use Internet as a platform and the browser as a means of execution.

Currently, many authors have mentioned the versatility of these systems applied to the Geospatial Infrastructures (GI) where resources are shared and accessed by means of standard services according to complex specifications. In this context we point out the need to merge the traditional building and maintenance of these infrastructures, driven by official providers, with these more participative methodologies where users can participate in integrating information. This would improve the current state of GI where the interest of participants has decreased due mainly to complex maintenance tasks and complex deployment mechanisms.

In this sense, we propose to deploy  a new GI component called Service Framework that allows users to easily integrate new geospatial resources. It basically deals with automatic generation of standard services according to governmental mandates like the INSPIRE Directive.

Moreover, we address the need for GI to join the current Internet participative models, developing applications with a high degree of interaction. Further research on this is related with the use of multimedia effects and innovative interfaces regardless of the execution environment to allow users to generate and integrate content. We propose the use of Internet Rich Applications (RIA) technology and open software as the solution for developing applications that have to meet with all requirements of Web 2.0., specifically for the development of the Service Framework logic and user interface.



Jose Antonio Gil Altaba - Universitat Jaume I
Laura Díaz Sánchez - Universitat Jaume I