[GeoNode-users] Geonode for large Spatial data infrastructures

Ariel Nunez ingenieroariel at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 12:31:44 PDT 2015

Hey Daniel,

I am knee deep on a project I need to finish and cannot spare much time for
a detailed answer but could not pass the opportunity to congratulate you on
that project. And to tell you that several groups have invested features
into GeoServer and GeoNode to make the architecture that you are describing
possible, but so far only Matthew Hanson has been able to use some of it in

c), d) and e) are features that need to go into GeoNode even if they are
not present in 2.4.

In Brazil there is a lot of expertise on the Django and GeoServer side,
have you considered subcontracting a local company to help you develop on


On Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 1:43 PM, Daniel Victoria <daniel.victoria at gmail.com>

> Hi list,
> Davi Custodio and I have previously sent some questions to the mailing
> list but we never introduced ourselves. We work at the Brazilian
> Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), more specifically at the
> Satellite Monitoring unit. Embrapa is the research branch of the Brazilian
> Ministry of Agriculture.
> Until today we have been using GeoNode as a metadata catalog (
> http://geoinfo.cnpm.embrapa.br) and map display portal for a couple of
> our projects. We have close to 900 registered layers in our system and
> GeoNode has served us fine (despite some glitches that have been fixed
> thanks to the friendly folks from this mailing list). However, recently we
> approved a project to start a metadata catalog and geospatial data
> repository for the entire Embrapa! And that is huge! Our initial plan is to
> use several GeoNode instances for data entry, catalog and visualization,
> separated by the different Embrapa units. We would then use CKAN for
> aggregating all metadata and also for registering other datasets that for
> some reason or another will not be hosted on a Geoserver instance. However,
> some questions regarding the feasibility of this setup came up, specially
> considering that many organizations in Brazil are using GeoNetwork (which
> we are not particularly fan off). Our initial 2 year effort (starting on
> Feb 2015) will encompass 9 Embrapa research units distributed along the
> Brazilian territory. This effort will be expanded to all 47 Embrapa units
> from Jan 2017 on.
> a) Is it possible to have a multi-site installation of Geonode? We saw
> about the GeoSites: GeoNode Multi-Tenancy but the page states that “Some of
> this functionality is currently available with the dev branch of GeoNode,
> although a fully working system will require extending the GeoNode security
> app to support the Django Sites framework.” So, what would be involved in
> making the GeoSites security work? We can do some development from our side
> but we are not experts in Django.
> b) Has anyone used GeoNode in the way we are proposing, with several
> instances and a metadata portal aggregating all data?
> c) Is it possible to have more than one author (or point of contact) for
> the data, in case of resources that have been made by two agencies (eg
> http://metadados.ana.gov.br/geonetwork/srv/pt/metadata.show.embedded?uuid=e2d38e3f-5e62-41ad-87ab-990490841073
> )
> d) Will it be possible to enter points of contact that are not registered
> in Django at the metadata form again? We saw that this was possible in
> GeoNode 2.0 but it's apparently not possible in 2.4.
> e) In GeoNode 2.0 a non-authenticated user cannot see the complete
> metadata record unless he downloads the XML. Are there plans for a full
> metadata viewer?
> Thanks for your attention and we will surely come with some more questions
> Daniel
> PS - sory for the long email....
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