[OSGeo-Discuss] Possible CS-W Portal Opportunity
pcreso at pcreso.com
Wed Feb 5 11:57:37 PST 2014
Similar situations have occurred before - The Bluenet MEST fork created an alternative version of Geonetwork, with some extra capabilities to meet specific needs. Development was kept (largely) consistent with trunk Geonetwork, and was later merged back into Geonetwork trunk, IMHO, creating a product with the best of both.
The Bluenet MEST developers are still major contributors to Geonetwork (Thanks Simon!).
Assuming Geonetwork does provide a useful foundation to build on to meet your needs, I urge you so look for common ground & pool resources to improve the existing tool. Only consider developing a new application if this first approach is not viable.
I have also come across another situation which may be relevant. While evaluating options for such catalogues, both Geonetwork & CKAN (both Open Source) were considered. Geonetwork was found to have better interoperability & harvesting capability, while CKAN had front-end capabilities that were desirable. One possible solution that went a long way to meeting requirements was to use both - Geonetwork as the harvesting/aggregating tool for a CKAN based catalogue. I don't know if such a combination would be suitable in your case, but figured it was worth mentioning.
I also suggest you ask your question on the Geonetwork developers list (https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/geonetwork-devel) if you have not already done so.
OSGEO generally adopts already widely used tools rather than supporting new developments, see the incubator page for information - http://www.osgeo.org/incubator/index.html. I note that Jeroen Ticheler, the original developer of Geonetwork is a member of the OSGEO incubation committee, it may be worth discussing your situation directly with him.
On 2/3/14, Breimyer, Paul - 0442 - MITLL <paul.breimyer at ll.mit.edu> wrote:
> My name is Paul Breimyer and I work for MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a
> research lab (FFRDC). We are building what is effectively a secure CS-W
> portal interface for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I'm
> to see if OSGeo might be interested in the portal if it were open sourced
> appropriately. As part of this work we reviewed GeoNetwork: the backend
> services were well implemented, but we found the portal to be lacking
> capabilities that were necessary (at least for our use cases). There may
> an opportunity to enhance the GeoNetwork portal to facilitate broader
> adoption of the CS-W standard. Please let me know if there's interest to
> learn more.
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