[Qgis-user] Announcing a CSW plugin for QGIS
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Sat Jun 13 19:01:57 EDT 2009
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Sampson, David wrote:
> Hey Folks,
> Well the second plugin of the community plugin repo has been released.
> It deals with CSW (catalogue services for the web), an OGC spec for
> searching catalogues.
Great news! I look forward to trying it out. This kind of functionality
is something I would like to see make it into the main QGIS codebase,
although I guess the OWSlib dependency might make that a little tricky...
> There is a text file the comes shipped with the plugin of a few CSW
> servers that may be of interest.
> Currently you can do the following
> * Use preloaded catalogues
> * Add new catalogues
> * select a catalogue to search
> *define keywords (empty keywords still cause an issue, so a default
> keyword 'birds' is hard coded in but does not return results on all
> catalogues)(Currently accepts a comma separated list)
> * capture the current bounding box of the QGIS map
> * define own manual bounding boxes (pre-coded for the world extents)
> * Temporal is included in the interface but not all CSW servers support
> temporal searching
> * Choose between datasets or services (this can be expanded in the
> * Define maximum returned results (max is 100 currently but can be
> * view a returned result list
> * select a single record to view a summary record
> * copy resource links for entry into WMS and WFS plugins
> Still To Do:
> * There is a bunch of error handling that needs to happen
> * packaging and releases
> * integrating into the python plugin loader
> * get OWSLIB into OSGEO4W
> * Hopefully we can work towards initiating the MAP IT button so that the
> WMS and WFS plugins are clalled using the resource URL automagicaly.
> Currently you need to copy and paste the url.
> I created this plugin for testing and professional development purposes.
> To this end there are options to see constructed XML calls that are sent
> to the service and also the full response in XML. These might be
> annoying to regular users but meets the needs of developers learning
> about this spec.
> Currently you require the OWSlib site-package installed. This library
> allwos for all the processing of OGC services using python. Less work
> for us and other python plugin developers working with OGC specs.
> The SVN tree is browseable and downloadable from Source forge.....
> Coments and contributers welcome on our mailing list:
> Qgis-user mailing list
> Qgis-user at lists.osgeo.org
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