[OSGeo-Discuss] GeoNetwork opensource 2.1.0 released

Jeroen Ticheler jeroen.ticheler at fao.org
Fri Sep 21 09:04:14 PDT 2007

Dear all,

Finally, after much effort by a tremendous group of people, I think  
we managed to make an excellent release of GeoNetwork opensource  
version 2.1.0. I'm still not sure why we ever thought this was only a  
0.1 upgrade from the last version 2.0, as it is a very substantial  
new release!

The search interface has been completely overhauled, providing AJAX  
based, highly interactive searching and interactive web map viewing.  
Connect to whatever Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service  
and overlay it on the base layers served by the embedded GeoServer  
map server. Export the map you created as a PDF and send it to  
others. You'll soon be able to also send them by email or save them  
as a geotiff for use as a background layer in a GIS.

The catalog handles the latest ISO19115:2003 geographic metadata  
format based on the ISO19139 schemas, as well as the older ISO19115  
final draft format, FGDC and Dublin Core. Specific application or  
country profiles can be added as well. The editor is able to handle a  
major part of these complex standards, providing default, advanced  
and XML editing online.

The new version has a number of different harvesting interfaces,  
allowing you to connect your server to many other catalogues arround  
the world. It is the open source reference implementation for the OGC  
Catalog Service for the Web 2.0 (CSW2.0.1) specification. It has  
webdav harvesting and harvesting from GeoNetwork 2.0 and 2.1 nodes.  
Harvesting from Open Archive Initiative (OAI) and Z39.50 are upcoming  
in update releases very soon, they just didn't make the deadline.

We've added advanced online and offline administration functionality  
to configure, backup and migrate the application. We've added a  
convenient import and export format "MEF", or Metadata Exchange  
Format, that allows you to move metadata, previews and even data in a  
convenient single file. Work is done to have export and import  
plugins to other software supporting MEF.

All in all, much to much to describe in one email. I would say "Just  
try it" and join the GeoNetwork opensource Community to help further  
improve the system for the future.


Thanks to all those that contributed in many different ways.  
Especially to Andrea Carboni, Patrizia Monteduro, Emanuele Tajariol,  
Roberto Giaccio and Francois Prunayre as well as to FAO, UNEP and OCHA.

Greetings from Rome,
Jeroen Ticheler
Tel: +39 06 57056041
42.07420°N 12.34343°E

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